Review: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB

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Hard drives with a 2.5-inch form factor are limited to 5TB of capacity. The fact that no products with a higher capacity have been launched since 2016 is further evidence of the laws of physics finally catching up with storage engineers, as the ones that are being marketed are considerably thicker than lesser capacity models. Earlier this year, Seagate unveiled a new portable hard disk drive sporting 5TB of storage, the Backup Plus Portable (STHP5000402), which is a successor to the 2016 version with a slightly There are currently two models on sale, making things more confusing As you can see, the 2019 model costs $129.99 in comparison to the 2016 model, which is the lowest price per GB of any portable hard drive you will find.


A slight bit bigger than the hard drive that succeeds it, it houses a 5TB drive. The device measures 20.9 x 80 x 115.3 mm, around the size of a large pack of cigarettes, so it passes the in-pocket test – although you’re likely to get an unpleasant bulge in your trouser pocket when carrying it in there. Rather than using traditional materials like glass or plastic, Seagate opted for a brushed aluminum plate and a rectangular It will be a challenge to pry the device open to extract the hard drive. Apart from the white LED status light and the flat USB connector, there are no noteworthy design points to point out. There is a 46cm USB cable with a removable USB-C cap that comes with the Backup Plus Portable.


This particular 5TB hard drive was designed for Backup Plus Portable in 2016, but it was released more than a year ago. Having five massive platters with a capacity of 1TB each, it’s 12.5mm tall and 12.5mm wide. Aside from the 128MB cache and 5,400RPM spindle speed, the ST5000LM000 drive also has 128MB of onboard memory. In addition to the Backup Plus Portable, it is covered by a two-year warranty. Although the barebones 5TB drive has fewer materials (no cable, chassis, or electronic components), this model is up to 50% more expensive than the external model. Providing and obtaining goods and services is a rule of supply and demand. there was little difference between the drive’s performance in our two tests (CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2 and Atto 4) with read and write speeds between 131 and 146MBps, respectively. It took about 78 seconds to copy a 10GB file from the laptop’s drive to the portable device, which equates to a real-world speed of around 128MBps – half as fast as some of the slower external solid-state drives we’ve tested.

In Use

To start with, let’s discuss the Mylio Create software. This is a free cloud-free photo management storage service that can be used for a year for $50. In contrast to some of its competitors, it has a maximum number of photos it can accommodate (50,000 for this tier) and you can connect up to four computers (but only one mobile device). Additionally, it allows you to edit RAW images. It is important to note that the pictures are In addition to this, Seagate bundles the majority of its portable drives with a two-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. There are no applications on the drive so it can be deployed immediately with minimal configuration – at least under As with other models, there is no Seagate Dashboard. During our tests, we found the Backup Plus Portable to be just about lukewarm to the touch due to the three-year-old disk drive inside the enclosure.

The Competition

In fact, competitors are likely to use the same Seagate 5TB internal hard drive. Meanwhile, the LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Hard Drive is far more expensive and does not work with Mylio Create. The Type-C connector and a more attractive finish make it a more desirable device. You can also get the Seagate Backup Plus in 2016 for 15% less money, though it lacks the new design, the Type-C plug converter and Mylio Create subscription. Overall, the Seagate Backup Plus is a decent choice at this price level. For those benefits, does it make sense to spend an extra $20? from the perspective of our company. A couple of waterproof drives are available from Silicon Power. Each has a capacity of 5TB. In addition to its diamond-patterned design and a bookmark that acts as a sliding protector for the USB port, SP050TBPHDD3LS3K costs $149. The other model has both a waterproof and a shockproof design for $145. In addition to its USB Type-C connector and cable holder, the Armor A60 comes with a wrist strap.

Final Verdict

There has been a plateau in the capacity of large capacity portable hard drives. There are not many improvements that can be made to hardware, as there is little or no incentive to invest in research and development. It is unknown if HAMR or Helium will ever be developed for more lucrative markets like data centers, where the need for smaller 2.5-inch hard disk drives does not exist. If you want the highest volumetric capacity you can get without going broke, then the 5TB portable drive is worth considering. With this in mind, Seagate did what it had to in order to make the 5TB drive competitive With a few improvements, a new shell has been created. In terms of the Backup Plus Portable, it won’t set the world on fire, and if you do not need the Mylio Create tool, the 2016 edition will be more beneficial.