Slim and portable.
Hard drives are getting larger in capacities, good thing is that the sizes of these drives are getting smaller. I remember how I used to carry around a huge 500 GB desktop hard drive, including the cable and the power adaptor. How times have changed. What we have for review here is Seagate’s new slim hard drive, the Backup Plus Slim. With 2 TB of storage, it should be enough to carry your entire ‘database’ with you.
Design and Features
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB is so portable, you can literally just place it inside your jeans pocket. It’s only about half an inch thick, making also one of the slimmest high-capacity drives we have tested. Like all other hard drives, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB connects via a single USB 3.0 cable. Performance is at its best when you connect it with a proper USB 3.0 port, but it should work fine with USB 2.0. Just make sure it has enough voltage to power the hard drive.
Even if the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB is preformatted on the NTFS file system commonly used in Windows platforms, you can always re format the drive to support Mac platforms. Additionally, Seagate has included an NTFS driver that will let you use the drive on a Mac system even if it was formatted on NTFS – a subtle but very useful feature.
As a Seagate drive, the Backup Plus Slim 2 TB includes the Seagate Dashboard that offers automatic and manual backups (and do restores) of your computer. Along with that, it also offers a way for you to backup content, particularly images, from all your social networks. It’s a neat feature, though I am primarily looking for some sort of security feature that I can use to protect my drive in case it gets stolen, which unfortunately isn’t included here.
I tested the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB on a mid-range notebook running on Windows 8.1, I mostly got a decent write speed of 118 MBps and a read speed of 121 MBps. These statistics were actually considering it performs a fast as most high-end drives in the market. In real world tests, that translated to about a minute of transfer time for a 4 GB file. Now that’s fast.
For 599 AED, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB is definitely a bargain, especially with its fast performance and the overly slim and lightweight profile. Definitely recommended.