4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Hard Drive Review


seagate backup plus hard drive review

 What we like:

  • Sleek design, doesn’t date
  • Very fast transfer speed
  • Backup software available

What we don’t like:

  • The Seagate Backup Dashboard doesn’t allow to keep different versions of data
  • The warranty isn’t great
  • Some have said design is a little boring

I’ll never forget my mom telling me about her very first job, where she was shown ‘the computer room’. “But mom,” I asked, “what was the computer room?” To which she replied, a room, that literally housed one computer. That was way back in the 60s and trying to imagine not having a laptop the size of an A4 book now is impossible, let alone a portable hard drive, the size of a mobile phone, that has a 4TB capacity.

It’s only been a recent development, as in the last two years, that if you needed a portable hard-drive with more than 3TB of capacity, you would have to buy something along the lines of the Seagate Backup Plus fast, which combined two 2TB hard disks, using one chassis, resulting in a 4TB portable hard drive. While an ingenious design, this particular hard drive was a little chunky for some, detracting from the portable part.


Hello Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Portable Drive Hard Drive

The Seagate Backup Plus is a long-overdue portable hard drive, with 4TB of storage capacity in one body, which means it’s about 10% slimmer and 20% lighter than the Seagate Plus Fast. Besides the size, the 4TB is ideal for most people because it combines price, speed, and portability.

After a lot of research, asking around and making use of our review panel, we found the 4TB Backup Plus, available in black, red, blue and silver, to be the most cost-effective in comparison with competitors, and while no hard drive is 100% failure-proof the 4TB, with thousands of sales each month, has a very low failure rate, of around 2.8% annually.


Backup like no other

The Seagate 4TB Backup Plus is suited to anyone looking to back up their data, and quite frankly, that should be everyone. What sets it apart from its competitors is its software. It is possibly the most comprehensive software around and allows you to save everything locally, and in the cloud, as well as your images, videos, and even your mobile devices.


No bells and whistles, just backup

If you’re looking for a portable hard drive that’s going to get your heart racing faster because of its looks, then Seagate’s 4TB Backup Plus isn’t what you’re after.  Simplicity is what it’s all about, with speed, storage, and reliability being the hard drive’s most important, and sellable, features. We also like that there’s a backup feature that takes about 10 – 15 minutes to install but saves you loads of time (and stress) down the line, sending files to the hard drive and encrypted cloud, automatically, without you having to remember to do it.

While it’s definitely not a dealbreaker, and more of a ‘would be nice to have’, the Seagate 4TB Backup Plus doesn’t include hardware encryption to keep your data safe. We’re not sure if it’s not a feature to keep costs down, or because there are encryption tools already available like VeraCrypt (Windows/OS X/Linux), AxCrypt (Windows), BitLocker (Windows), GNU Privacy Guard (Windows/OS X/Linux) and 7-Zip (Windows/OS X/Linux).


When it comes to portable hard drives the Backup Plus is sold with 200GB of OneDrive storage, which is valid for two years. You are also able to connect the hard drive to Lyve, an app that pulls all your photos and videos together, organizes them in the cloud and lets you manage your videos and photos like a pro. If you’re on various social media and sharing platforms, you’ll appreciate the added connectivity for Dropbox and Google Drive, as well extra backup for Flickr and YouTube.

Something else we like is that it doesn’t discriminate – it’s easy to use on your PC or Mac without having to reformat anything. It’s as simple as installing NTFS drivers on your Mac.

It is undoubtedly one of the largest capacity portable hard drives available, and while there is room for improvement, it’s still a far more affordable way of storing your files locally rather than using cloud-based services or buying a NAS (Network Attached Storage) unit.

For us, our review panel, and the thousands of 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Hard Drive users, it has been and will be for some time to come, the top choice for portable external hard drives.

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