The new Seagate Backup plus is simply a replacement or static Hard Drive for your home, this is in no way a portable device, one its ways a lot and two is huge. Seagate Backup plus is available as a 2TB, 3TB, 4TB , 5TB, 6TB 8TB and each respectively costs increase, starting at around £69.99 (Amazon 20.02.2015). The Seagate Backup Plus is cheap and what I can all a great deal if you are looking for a desktop storage device.
The box is designed simple and to the point, the size is clearly stated at the top, with what version of USB its currently suited for. On that back comes with some very handy information about what you can use the device for, like protecting Photos, Videos and Music, saving your social life and being able to share everything with the world.
When opened up the Hard Drive is comfortably protected inside, with a user manual, power supply and finally the USB 3.0 cable.
Sleek, square, it looks fantastic and really well designed, the casing holds a standard 3.5inch internal hard drive, and it is slightly heavy. Looking at the back of the case you can see the Micro USB3.0 port and the power port. As this is not a portable drive and uses a full 3.5inch internal drive it does require its own power from the mains to run.
The actual case is just plastic with ventilation all over to keep the device cool, the top, front and back is all black and the underside is a nice blue, I could not find any way to open up the drive so my guessing is there is no way to upgrade if you wish to.
The Drive is pre-formatted in NTFS which is for windows, on the drive itself, you can find software that allows Macs to use and read and NTFS file system, it also works the other way around, if you purchased the Seagate backup plus for mac, which uses HFS there is software on the drive that will allow you to read and HFS file system in windows.
With many backup devices the software on the Seagate Hard drive is preloaded with the latest version of the backup plus software which allows you to do three options, PC backup, mobile backup and social backup.
PC backup is rather handy, as you can either choose the folders that you wish to back up or let the software do it for you. After you or the software has chosen what to backup, you can schedule the software to check the folders and if there has been any changes made, the software will automatically backup ad update.
However, if you are using this with a Mac you do not get the PC backup option for some reason, you only get Mobile Backup and Social Backup in the pre-loaded software.
When using the social software, you are able to share items stores on the drive to the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube etc. you are also able to backup your social world as well.
The Mobile option is very simple to use, just use the mobile app for iOS and Android and just follow the instructions, it’s fast and free.
The cloud seems to be something which we use a lot now, from our google drives to one drives, now Seagate has its own cloud storage, so you now have another place to backup and store your files, images and videos .
The Bounce Test
Well, this was a good idea for Portable devices, however, for this one I did the swipe test, its when you are really narked off with work and you throw everything off your desk with a swipe of your hands.
Desk Height is around 800mm, force achieved, really narked off person, with a boss right up the persons butt.
- Carpet – NO damage, landed rather well, This could be dependant on carpet type and the pile.
- Laminate – Joking right – There is not a chance I would drop this on to this floor the plastic casing would break
- Stone – Now you are really joking – same reason as above, not recommended to have a temper and throw this HDD onto a stone floor.
I personally find using the software a pain in the butt, so I always delete the software and just drag and drop whatever I wish to backup and that is always my games, documents and music. I personally found the device bulky, but what do you expect when it’s an internal full 3.5inch hard drive in a case. I would not recommend using it as a portable device, it’s just too heavy, there are smaller and lighter backup drives out there for that sort of use.
The speed of transfer was as expected and even loading games from the device was ok, if you are looking for a storage device with cloud, auto backup and something you will use for the home, then this is perfect, wit a starting price of around 69.99 you can not go wrong really.
|Device type||3.5-inch external USB hard drive|
|Connector options||USB 3.0, USB 2.0|
|Dimensions||6.22 by 4.88 by 1.73 inches|
|Available capacities||2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB|
|Capacity/Interface of test unit||5TB/USB 3.0|
|OSes supported||Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), Mac OS 10.4.6 or later|
|Software included||Seagate Dashboard Agent (Mac and Windows), NTFS driver for Mac|
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