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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Contents and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Bench and Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark (Pass 3)
  6. AIDA64 Average Access Test (Block Size 64KB)
  7. CrystalDisk Benchmark
  8. HD Tune Pro Benchmark
  9. Transfer Tests
  10. Software Impressions- Seagate Dashboard
  11. Conclusion
  12. Page 12
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Seagate sent a Backup Plus 1TB Drive with a backup software which also enables you to backup your FB account ever since its enabled. I am not really into software or Operating systems, but as someone who sees software to the level that it’s user-friendly, I’ll be reviewing this drive- the rest- as usual- is to benchmark this drive and see how it fares with the existing portable hard drives.
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It is been a  long time since I’ve reviewed Seagate portable drives. Compared to last time, they have done some changes to the packaging compared to the first GoFlex days:

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Seagate provides 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty (as mentioned on the box) with this drive. There’s not much information you would need from a portable drive- except that the thickness of the drive is 14.5mm, it’s cross-compatible between mac and windows- and you can backup your Facebook account- and since Seagate uses SATA connector type called USM with a possibility that you can buy an optional FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt should you require to. The one I will be reviewing is with the USB 3.0 adapter provided by default with the drive.

As far as other variants of the GoFlex Backup is concerned, you get the 500GB and 750GB along with 1TB counterpart that I am evaluating- as well with the choice of either Red, Silver Blue and Black colour.

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As an end user, ignore the Master Carton and Pallet dimensions/quantities. Seagate did mention that this drives comes with 2 years warranty according to the PDF- so most likely 3 Years Warranty must be applicable for Asia Pacific at the very least. Other than that, you get the same contents.

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According to Crystal Disk info, the actual drive is shown as ST1000LM024- a Seagate Momentus Drive- which is also Samsung Spinpoint M8 HN-M101MBB according to data specs. For those who do not know, Seagate bought Samsung Storage and Western Digital bought Hitachi.

This drive comes with 5400RPM 8MB Cache with SATA II interface with 2x 500GB platters.

The drive comes two-layers of plastic to protect the drive inside the drive case- one is wrapped on the drive, second has the piece over the brushed aluminium finish on the top of the drive. As said before, this drive uses USM interface with 19.5mm thickness. The base has a matte textured finish.

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There’s a small White LED Power On indicator on the USM dock. I find the built quality is nicely improved compared to the glossy black that seems to be most of the manufacturer’s choice last year. The top and bottom are not a fingerprint magnet, but the sides have a strip of glossy plastic- and that’s fingerprint magnet.
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The drive lets you use 931GB.

It gives me great pleasure to say that I get hardware support from the manufacturers to review not only their own products but others on behalf of the readers. It’s some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached and that helps me to help you! Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply

 

Test Setup for: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB (STBU1000300) USB 3.0 Portable Storage Drive
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS
Power Supply Coolermaster GX450
Chassis N.A.

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD (Pass 3) Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO (Pass 3) Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

Aida64 Access Test Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3

CrystalDisk Benchmark with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HDtune Pro Sequential Write and Read Pass 3

Transfer Tests 1.27GB zip file transfer test; 11.34GB ISO Transfer; 98.39GB Assorted Movie Folder Transfer; 1.34GB Assorted Photo folder Transfer

Although this drive is used for AS SSD, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.

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The drive pretty much stays at the same level as the newer My Passport 2TB drive with 1TB per platter, except that this drive has better write access time.

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8MB ATTO Benchmark

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From filesize of 16KB to 8MB, there’s a good jump of 110MB- 113MB. Compared to other drives:

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Seagate Backup Plus takes a very good lead overall.

AIDA64’s average access test for both read and write gives a good idea of the access time throughout the drive.

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With the block size of 64KB, the access time pretty much stays within the range as seen above, with average Read access being 17.34ms and average write being 19.45ms.

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As seen with AS SSD, Sequential transfers are pretty much head-to-head with WD My Passport’s 2TB Drive.

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Seagate’s Backup Plus dominates in synthetic benchmarks easily here- minimum, maximum, average- doesn’t matter.

Transfer tests give a good idea of how the drive performs with different size and file types- compressed in ZIP/ISO format or just a plain dump folder.

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Seagate has an advantage in large file size as can be seen in ATTO test. You can see that for a smaller compressed file it stays the same level as WD’s 2TB counterpart, but for larger file size, Seagate has a good advantage.

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However when it comes to non-zip/ISO transfers, the drive takes little more time than usual compared to other drives. I would have like to these tests to perform as how compressed files transfer tests performs, because when Seagate dashboard does media backup, it does compress the backup, it simply copies those media files, creates a folder in its drive with your user profile name as the folder name and dumps the data.

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Dashboard basically does 3 things: Protect share and save. While it does backup files from your system, it takes a backup of only media files, Flickr and Facebook data. I was under the impression that “plus” had certain premium feature, that it would provide a complete backup solution.

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You get a free 1- Year Subscription of Seagate’s cloud storage worth 4GB that can be accessed via Seagate’s Dashboard only. Other than that, under ‘Manage’ tab, you can manually set Power, LED-On/off and use a driving test (most likely it uses S.M.A.R.T readout and/or checks for bad sectors).

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Well, as I’ve said in the transfer tests, for a drive that’s meant to be a media backup, it should be quickest of them all when it comes to uncompressed data copy. But the difference between this and another drive- keeping 98.39 GB Assorted movie folder test in mind- it takes 2 minutes more. Sequential read and write are more or less equal and it is quickest compared to the USB 3.0 drives I’ve evaluated in the past, including WD My Passport 2TB which is priced at Rs. 12,000/- MRP. Via Amazon, it costs under $100- so I don’t see why this wouldn’t be a default choice for a lot of people.

You loose dashboard once the drive is formatted.

This is something I feel that Seagate can do because of the GoFlex Dock. They can put a small Read-only Flash NAND and pre-install Dashboard in it.

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Rs. 5699/- $99.89 £75.30

Keeping the price, the warranty of 3 years and the performance of the Seagate/Samsung drive, this will most likely be a default choice for a lot of people. Brushed Aluminium finish on the top and matte finish on the bottom is appreciate, but to be very honest as a desktop user I am sure we all will agree that the cable needs to be longer- long enough to connect from the rear I/O of a desktop system with a super mid tower/full tower and keep it easily on the top- and a Ferrite bead.

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