by June 12, 2014 0 comments

In the current technological era, lightweight and portable devices are in huge demand and especially storage devices. Portable external hard drives are already available in the market, but growing demand and competition pushes companies to do something beyond the limits. Seagate raises the competitions with its new 4TB external hard drive. Seagate backup plus fast portable 4TB drive supports USB 3.0 to offer super fast transfer rate. With the massive storage capacity and super fast speed, fully USB powered external HDD allows users to bring videos, music, pictures and many other files while on the go. It also comes with Seagate Dashboard that enables users to schedule automate backups for their PCs, smartphones and social networks.

Design and build – The 4TB drive is almost double in thickness to other storage devices like WD My Passport Slim, but it’s only for the good reason. This is the first drive that houses two internal hard drives on the inside. These two are combined into one single volume in a “RAID 0” configuration to provide complete 4TB storage. But it also increases the risk of data loss because if one disk fails, second will also be affected and you can lose the entire disk data. So, it’s good to not use it as main storage device, only backup of original files.

The 4TB Backup plus has a simple design with the company logo on the bottom corner. The drive is actually compact and slightly shorter than other thinner drives. The body is made of plastic which is scratch and fingerprint resistant as well as smoothly fits into the backpack or laptop bags. It has USB 3.0 connector on the top cover. Overall it is a well built external HDD. It comes with two USB cables, one is standard USB 3.0 cable and another Y-shaped cable that draw power from two USB ports of a computer that can be needed when single USB port can’t provide enough power to work, majorly with older PCs or laptops.

Features – The Fast 4TB drive supports windows PCs and Laptops as it comes formatted in the NTFS file system. It also can work with Mac OS, as like other Seagate drives, just requires customization to enable Macs to read and write to drive without reformatting. If you are going to use it with Mac then can reformat into NFS+ that allows windows systems to read and write to the Mac file system. The Fast comes with a preloaded Seagate Dashboard backup software with three main functions – PC Backup, Mobile Backup and Social backup. PC backup function work only with Windows and other two are compatible with Mac as well.

Performance – Using the Seagate backup plus fast 4TB external HDD’s in the real time gave us quite impressive results. Out of 4TB 3.7 TB is available to the user. Write speed of the drive with our 3.3 GB assorted data was 25.41 MB/sec takes 3 minutes and read speed was 23.8 takes 4 minutes. In our testing benchmarks like, on HD Tune Pro – 29.3 MS/s and on CrystalDiskMark – 34.4 MB/s reading speed. As there is no other 4TB HDD available, so we can’t compare it, but the results are in the favor of the device’s performance.

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