Not sure if this is the right place for this question about a Seagate Backup Plus, but I can’t get on-line help because the Seagate site doesn’t recognize the serial number. It was bought new at Officeworks in 2013.
From information on-line, at seven years it appears it’s outlived the average life-span, 3-4 years, for a back-up disc. I didn’t know that or I’d have already replaced it. No lights show on it and it’s not recognized by the MacBook Pro. It does vibrate gently so it’s not completely dead.
Anyway, I’d appreciate some advice on a replacement
a. Should I stick with Seagate?
b. The current one is a 2 TB model. The last time it worked it showed 1.65 0f 2 TB available so I think its capacity meets my needs. Comments on capacity, please.
c. I don’t leave it connected all the time, just connect it when I think I should back-up, about once a week unless there are important documents or photos to back up. Then I backup whenever I add important stuff. Is that harder on the backup disc than leaving it to do tiny backups all day every day?
d. Is there anything else I should be considering?
e. Can data be retrieved from this disc if I should need to do so?
f. Would a backup disc with more capacity do a faster initial backup of the whole computer than a 2 TB model, or is that not even related?
I’d sincerely appreciate some guidance, please.