Updated 4 Sep 2015

Seagate

Backup Plus Desktop Drive

Snapshot: The Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive is a 5TB external hard drive without a Thunderbolt port. How fast does it work?

Backup Plus Desktop Drive
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$390

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Test results

Overall score
61
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Software versatility
?/10

Good points

  • Good performance.
  • Fast average write speeds.
  • OK to use.

But

  • Slow average read speeds.
  • Poor software versatility – OK at managing backups, but no file protection or power management.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (50%): tests the time and speeds of writing data to the hard driving and reading data from the hard drive. We test using USB 3.0 and 5GB files on a Windows 7 PC. We also test any Thunderbolt connections the same way but using an Apple iMac. The test computers are re-imaged before testing the next hard drive.
Ease of use (25%): assesses the setup time and ease as well as the ease of performing common tasks. It also includes the ease of restoring a particular version of a backed up file.
Software versatility (25%): is made up of a 50% assessment of backup, 40% of security and 10% of support. A software versatility score of 0 means there is no software.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$390
Type
Desktop external hard drive

Specifications

Stated capacity (GB)
5000
Formatted capacity (GB)
-
Default file format

NTFS

Weight (kg)
1.0
D x W x H (mm)
180 x 118 x 40
Write rate (MB/sec)
857
Read rate (MB/sec)
660
Write time (seconds)
79
Read time (seconds)
84
Wireless protocols (802.11)
n/a
Wireless bands (GHz)
n/a
Claimed number of concurrent wireless connections
n/a
Battery life (hh:mm)
n/a

Features

Thunderbolt port
No
Encryption type
None
Supplied backup software
Yes
Online storage

GoogleDrive and OneDrive come with 15GB of free online storage, Dropbox comes with 2GB of free online storage.

Kensington lock
No
Ethernet port
-
Internet sharing for Wi-Fi (GB)
-
Internet sharing for 3G/4G
-
Android AVI
-
iOS AVI
-
Android MKV
-
iOS MKV
-
Android MOV
-
iOS MOV
-
Android MP4
-
iOS MP4
-
Android WMV
-
iOS WMV
-