Where to store the entire home photo album captured on a smartphone and camera? Of course, on an external hard drive, and the larger its volume, the better. We tested on a new model Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5Tb. Let’s check what she is in business.
Tons of gigabytes of information accumulate every day on the internal drive of your PC, and the end and edge of this is not visible. And the inexorable progress in digital technology is to blame – 4K-video, 5G-cellular communication, gigabit Internet. But high-speed and high-definition photos and videos have a flip side: large file sizes. Where to store all this digital wealth?
Seagate has released an unusual novelty for these purposes – a very compact but extremely capacious external hard drive – Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5Tb. The device was first introduced at CES2019 as part of the Backup Plus portable line of drives: Ultra Touch, Slim and Portable.
The Backup Plus Portable model received a completely new image, which combines the sky-blue plate of brushed aluminum (this shade is better visible on a contrasting colored background) and a white plastic case with a matte surface texture.
The company logo is gracefully located in the upper part of the front side in the right corner, and in the left corner is the disk status indicator in the form of a tiny dot of a white LED. On the upper edge, the USB 3.0 connector is located exactly in the center. On the back side, a sticker with a product card is slightly recessed into the case.
New Security Technologies
In the new product, the manufacturer made the main emphasis on improving the security of the data warehouse, increasing protection against shock, vibration, and also optimized the operation of the data transfer controller. This affected not only the safety when disconnecting the media from the PC, but also the speed characteristics of the drive.
Perhaps, for the sake of a beautiful appearance, the device is not equipped with rubber legs, which would further reduce the effect of vibration and sliding on the table.
Together with the disk, the manufacturer supplies simple software for performing data backup in both automatic and manual mode. The program can be downloaded and installed by running the product registration utility, which is recorded on the disc itself.
What’s in the box
The Seagate Backup Plus Portable comes with a USB 3.0 cable, which should be enough to comfortably position the case on either side of the laptop or connect the drive to the front of the PC.
Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5Tb Test
When you connect an external drive to your computer, Windows immediately opens the Explorer window with this disk. The device works almost silently, but if you put it on the table, then in complete silence you can distinguish a barely noticeable buzz – the absence of rubber legs affects.
We tested the disk for data transfer speed in the popular CrystalDiskMark and ATTO Disk Benchmark benchmarks with the installation of copying test files of small and large sizes.
When configuring a PC with an ASUS H87M-Plus ATX motherboard and an Intel Core i5-4430 processor and connecting via a USB 3.0 port, the average copy and write speed was 142 Mb / s, which is very close to the specifications announced by the manufacturer.
The drive demonstrated almost the same performance when connected to a Dell Inspiron 7720 laptop with a Core i7 3630QM processor and 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM and a nVidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics card.
A test in the Crystal DiskMark benchmark showed approximately equal read and write results: 139 and 142 Mb / s (when sequentially writing a file in 128 Kb segments in multithreading mode). A test of random writing and reading a file with 4 KB segments in multithreading mode also showed good results: about 1 and 5 Mb / s.
In another ATTO Disk Benchmark benchmark in similar measurements, the results were 145 Mb / s for writing and 141 Mb / s for reading. However, when copying and writing files with a volume of 16 MB in the test, a failure was observed at a speed of up to 135 MB / s for reading and 67 MB / s for writing.
When copying files of more than 3 GB to a given disk in Windows 10, the data transfer speed was about 115 Mb / s, which can be called an outstanding result.
The Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5Tb external hard drive has a very powerful argument for purchase – a very large capacity, which will be very useful for backing up user data from a PC, as well as transferring and storing photo and video files in high resolution. The design, compact dimensions and, of course, high data transfer rates made a good impression. The case of the device looks “soft” and, in order to preserve this beauty, it would be nice to have at least some kind of case.
1. High capacity HDD
2. Nice design
3. High copy speed
4. Backup utility included.
1. Pretty fat to carry in your pocket
2. Not an informative status indicator.