Seagate Expansion Portable 4 TB Setup

Seagate Expansion Portable 4 TB Setup

The Seagate Expansion Portable 4TB drive provides additional storage for your system. You can instantly add space, consolidate files to a location, or free up space on your computer. The Seagate drives are well-known for their performance and reliability. Compared to other drives, the Seagate Expansion Portable drive offers faster and easier file storage. It is ready to use on a Windows computer as it doesn’t require any formatting. For detailed instructions about the Seagate Expansion Portable 4TB setup, follow these steps.

On Windows

  1. To begin with, unpack your Seagate drive from the package.
  2. Turn on your Windows computer and log in to the administrator account.
  3. Connect one end of the supplied USB cable to the USB port of your Seagate drive.
  4. Make sure to connect the other end to any one of your computer’s USB ports.
  5. Now, your Windows will show the New device found message.
  6. You can check if your drive has been recognized or not from the File Explorer.
  7. In case you wish to back up your data to the Seagate Expansion portable drive, continue reading the steps given in the next section.

Setting up a backup on Windows

  1. To begin with, click the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on System and Maintenance –> Backup and Restore.
  3. Select the Set up backup option or click the Create new, full backup option.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions in the wizard to back up your data.

Creating a system image

  1. On your Windows computer, right-click the Start menu available at the bottom-left corner and select Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Maintenance in the Control Panel window and choose the Backup and Restore option.

Copying and pasting your files to the drive

  1. Open File Explorer and choose the files you wish to copy from the Documents or Downloads folder.
  2. Right-click the file and select the Copy option.
  3. Next, double-click My Computer/This PC.
  4. Open the Seagate Expansion Portable drive (4TB) and press the Ctrl + V shortcut keys to paste your files into the drive folder.

Formatting the drive on Mac

Although the Seagate Expansion drive is ready to use on a Windows computer, you need to format the drive in order to access it on a Mac computer. The steps to format the Expansion drive on your Mac are as follows:

  1. On your Mac, open Finder and select Applications –> Utilities –> Disk Utility.
  2. In the Disk Utility window, select the Show All Devices option from the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Select your Seagate drive from the left-side panel and click the Erase button.
  4. In the pop-up dialog box, give a name for the disk volume and select the exFAT option from the Format drop-down menu.
  5. Choose GUID Partition Map from the Scheme pull-down menu and click the Erase button.
  6. Now, Disk Utility will start formatting your Seagate drive.
  7. Once you have done formatting the drive, click Done and close the Disk Utility window.

Copying and pasting the files from your Mac to the Seagate drive

  1. On your Mac, select the item you wish to copy.
  2. Press and hold down the Command + C shortcut keys.
  3. Now, go to the Seagate Expansion Portable drive and paste the file to your desired folder by pressing Command + V.