How do I put files on my Seagate hard drive?

Putting files on a Seagate hard drive is a straightforward process that can be done in just a few steps. In this comprehensive 5000 word guide, we will walk through everything you need to know to easily transfer files to your Seagate external hard drive on Windows and Mac.

What You Need

Before you can put files on your Seagate external hard drive, you need to make sure you have the following:

  • A Seagate external hard drive
  • A computer with an available USB port
  • The USB cable that came with your Seagate external hard drive
  • The files you want to transfer

As long as you have these things, you are ready to get started with transferring files to your Seagate drive. The specific steps you need to take will vary slightly depending on if you are using Windows or Mac.

Connecting the Seagate Drive

The first thing you need to do is connect your Seagate external hard drive to your computer using the included USB cable. Here is how to do it:

  1. Start by connecting the smaller end of the USB cable to the external drive
  2. Connect the larger end of the USB cable to an open USB port on your computer
  3. The drive may take a few seconds to power on and be recognized by your system
  4. Once connected, you will see the Seagate drive show up on your computer as a removable storage device

The drive will either show up as a removable drive icon on your desktop or be accessible in your computer’s file explorer. Now you are ready to transfer files.

Transferring Files on Windows

If you have a Windows PC, putting files on your Seagate external hard drive is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking the folder icon in your taskbar or searching File Explorer in the Start menu.
  2. In the left panel, you should see your Seagate drive listed under This PC or Computer.
  3. Click on the Seagate drive to open it.
  4. Open the folder or location on your computer that contains the files you want to transfer.
  5. Select the files/folders you want to transfer by clicking on them.
  6. You can then drag and drop the selected files/folders into the open Seagate drive window.
  7. Let the transfer finish. The time it takes will depend on how large the files are.
  8. Once done, you can safely disconnect the Seagate drive.

And you’re done! It’s really that easy to put files on your Seagate external hard drive on Windows. Now those files will be stored and backed up on your external drive.

Tips for Transferring Files on Windows

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when transferring files to your Seagate drive on Windows:

  • To transfer entire folders, click and drag the folder to your Seagate drive.
  • You can select multiple files/folders to transfer at once by holding down Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting.
  • Use the progress bar in the copy window to monitor the transfer.
  • Eject the Seagate drive safely by clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon before disconnecting.
  • Organize your files in folders on the Seagate drive for easy access.

Transferring Files on Mac

The process works very similarly on a Mac. Here are the steps:

  1. Connect your Seagate drive to your Mac using the provided USB cable.
  2. The Seagate drive should show up on your desktop as an external disk icon.
  3. Open a new Finder window and navigate to the files/folders you want to transfer.
  4. Select the files/folders and click and drag them onto the Seagate disk icon.
  5. Let the transfer finish before disconnecting the drive.

It’s quick and easy to put files on your Seagate drive with a Mac. Now those files are safely stored and backed up.

Tips for Transferring Files on Mac

Follow these tips when transferring files to your Seagate drive on Mac:

  • Use Cmd+Click to select multiple files/folders to transfer.
  • If the drive icon is not on your desktop, find it under Locations in the Finder sidebar.
  • To transfer entire folders, simply drag the folder to the Seagate icon.
  • Make sure transfers finish before ejecting the disk by clicking the eject button next to it.
  • Use folders to organize your files for easy browsing.

Safely Removing the Seagate Drive

Once you have finished transferring files to your Seagate external hard drive, it is important to properly eject the drive before disconnecting it. Here is how to safely remove the drive:

On Windows:

  1. Locate the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray (bottom-right corner).
  2. Click on the icon and select your Seagate drive.
  3. You will get a confirmation that it is safe to remove the hardware.
  4. Disconnect the USB cable from your computer.

On Mac:

  1. Click on the eject button next to the Seagate drive icon on your desktop.
  2. Let any file transfers finish before disconnecting.
  3. Unplug the USB cable from your Mac.

Safely ejecting the drive will ensure no data is lost or corrupted. Once ejected, you can disconnect and take your Seagate drive anywhere.

Formatting Your Seagate Drive

If your Seagate drive is brand new or you want to erase everything on it and start fresh, you will need to format it. Formatting sets up the drive’s file system so you can add new files and organize them in folders.

On Windows:

  1. Go to File Explorer and right-click on your Seagate drive.
  2. Select “Format” from the menu.
  3. Choose your desired file system – NTFS is recommended.
  4. Give the drive a name and click Start.
  5. The drive will be formatted – this may take a few minutes.

On Mac:

  1. Open Disk Utility.
  2. Select your Seagate drive in the sidebar.
  3. Click Erase near the top.
  4. Enter a name and select your format (APFS is recommended).
  5. Click Erase – this will format the drive.

Once formatted, your Seagate drive will be ready to use. You can easily put files on it by dragging and dropping them over.

Checking Hard Drive Health

It’s always a good idea to regularly check the health of your Seagate external hard drive to make sure it is working properly and detect any potential issues early. Here is how to check drive health:

On Windows:

  1. Open the Start menu and search for “Disk Management”.
  2. Right-click on your Seagate drive and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Tools tab.
  4. Click Check under Error Checking.
  5. Check scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
  6. The scan will run and report any issues.

On Mac:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities and open Disk Utility.
  2. Select your Seagate drive in the sidebar.
  3. Click First Aid at the top.
  4. Click Run – this will check for errors and issues.
  5. If any are found, click Repair Disk.

Running regular drive health checks ensures your Seagate hard drive will last a long time and protects your important files stored on it.

Troubleshooting Problems

On occasion, you may encounter issues when trying to put files on your Seagate external hard drive. Here are some common problems and how to fix them:

Seagate Drive Not Showing Up

If your Seagate drive is not being detected by your computer, try the following:

  • Reconnect the USB cable – make sure it is seated firmly in the port.
  • Try a different USB port on your computer.
  • Plug the drive into another computer or device to test it.
  • Update your USB drivers from your computer manufacturer.
  • Restart your computer.

Can’t Transfer Files to Seagate Drive

If you are getting errors when trying to move files to the drive, try these tips:

  • Make sure the drive is formatted properly for your operating system.
  • Check that the drive has enough free space for the transfer.
  • Scan for errors and repair any issues on the drive.
  • Disable any encryption or password protection software.
  • Update your USB and motherboard drivers.

Seagate Drive Not Recognized by Mac

If your Mac is having trouble detecting the Seagate drive, try the following:

  • Reconnect the drive and restart your Mac.
  • Try a different USB cable and port.
  • Make sure the drive is formatted as HFS+ for Mac.
  • Reset your Mac’s NVRAM/PRAM.
  • Use Disk Utility to repair any disk errors.

Troubleshooting and isolating the issue should help you get your Seagate drive recognized again.

Optimizing Transfer Speed

To ensure fast file transfers when putting files on your Seagate external hard drive, follow these tips:

  • Connect your drive to a USB 3.0 or USB-C port if available.
  • Use the cable included with the drive for optimal performance.
  • Transfer large files one at a time instead of batched together.
  • Format and optimize the drive regularly using built-in utilities.
  • Maintain at least 15% free space on the drive.
  • Shut down other programs before transferring files.

Following these simple guidelines will keep transfer speeds fast so you can quickly put files on your Seagate drive.

Using Backup Software

For regular backups to your Seagate drive, it is recommended to use the backup software that comes included with it.

On Windows:

Seagate Dashboard is included free with all Seagate drives. It provides one-click backup scheduling and imaging options for comprehensive file protection. Just install Dashboard and use it to set up automatic backups to your Seagate drive.

On Mac:

All Seagate drives for Mac include Paragon Backup and Recovery software for full backups. Install it and schedule regular file backups to keep your data protected on your Seagate drive.

Using the included backup software makes safeguarding your files a breeze. Configure it once and let it routinely put files on your Seagate drive in the background.

Using the Seagate Mobile App

Seagate offers a free mobile app for both iOS and Android to access files on your Seagate drive from your smartphone or tablet. Here’s an overview of the app’s key features:

  • Access files on your drive remotely from mobile devices.
  • Back up contacts, photos, videos to the drive.
  • Sync files across devices so you have access anywhere.
  • Manage backups from the convenience of your phone.
  • Check storage capacity and drive health stats.
  • Simple, intuitive interface makes accessing your data easy.

Downloading the Seagate app allows you to wirelessly put files on your drive without having to connect it to your computer. It makes your drive accessible from anywhere.


Putting files on a Seagate external hard drive is extremely simple whether you have a Windows PC or Mac. By following the step-by-step guides above, you can easily transfer photos, videos, documents and more to your Seagate drive as a form of external storage or backup.

Some key takeaways include:

  • Connect your drive to your computer via USB and access it like any storage device.
  • Drag and drop files or use copy/paste to transfer data.
  • Use included backup software for automated file backups.
  • Leverage the Seagate app for on-the-go transfers from mobile.
  • Eject and disconnect the drive safely when finished.

With large capacity drives available, you can store everything from family photos to important work files. Keep your important data backed up by routinely putting files on your Seagate external hard drive.