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02-10-2014


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Seagate Backup Plus Fast hard disk: review and testing

Many modern devices powerful stationary PC, ultra thin laptops or mobile devices collect a huge amount of data. These can be important documents, business correspondence or financial statement, important photos and visuals. And it is a great pity when the stored material is lost completely. In addition it is very difficult to operate by such high amount of content using old technologies.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The solution of such tasks is the drive Seagate Backup Plus Fast. This is compact and light device with capacity of 4 TB and useful could service Cloud Storage. The presence of the interface USB 3.0 and array RAID 0 allows reserve and backup the information

The specs:

 

Producer and model

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

(STDA4000200)

Form-factor

2,5"

Interface

USB 3.0 (reverse compatible with USB 2.0)

Capacity

4 ТB STDA4000200

Operation system

Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP

Mac OS 10.6 and next

Mobile operating systems for application Seagate Mobile Backup

iOS 6 or next

Android 2.3 or next

Overall dimensions

116,9 х 82,5 х 22,4 mm

Weight

307 g

Color

Black

Warranty

3 years (limited)

Website

Seagate
Produce page

The prefix “Fast” should inform the buyer about high speed performance of the device. Due to this the manufacturer has equipped this device with interface USB 3.0 and array RAID 0 taken from two 2.5” hard disks with capacity of 2 TB each. Such solution allows to achieve not only big memory capacity but also good read and write speed.

In comparison with Seagate Backup Plus Slim, which takes place in the same class, the lineup Seagate Backup Plus Fast is limited by single drive in case of black color and capacity of 4 TB. But the producer has increased the term of official warranty and now it is 3 year.

Packaging and content

External hard disk Seagate Backup Plus Fast is shipped in small cardboard box. It is completely painted in white color and contains important information about technical parameters of the device.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The front side has the producer logo, device name and its image as well as a small nameplate with indication of capacity (4 TB) and type of used interface (USB 3.0).

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The backside has useful information about capability of easy and rapid backup which can be stored not only on stationary and mobile devices but also in social networks. 

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The right side of the package has a lateral image of the device. In addition to the producer logo and drive parameters, the left side has the complete list of compatible operation systems as well as the data about support of brand mobile applications for devices based on Android and iOS.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The top side of the package contains the information about 3 year limited warranty while the bottom side specifies and technical aspects: name, serial number and capacity. 

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Inside the box you will find a plastic container with the drive and its set of delivery which contains:

  • USB 3.0 cable with length 45 cm;
  • X-type cable with sockets  USB 3.0 length 36 cm and USB 2.0 length 90 cm;
  • user’s manual;
  • warranty card.

  USB 2.0 socket on X-type cable is used for additional power. It is quite useful during drive connection to some motherboards and laptops where USB 3.0 port has low voltage or in case of absence of socket USB 3.0. In our test lab the device correct operated even using port USB 2.0, so the connection of X-type cable was not required.

Design

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Model Seagate Backup Plus Fast has quite stylish look. The case is painted in black mat color that gives the novelty austerity and elegance. The surface is tactile and is not easily soiled. After usage there are some fingerprints but they are easily removed. The device has compact dimensions (116,9 х 82,5 х 22,4 mm) and is light in weight that allows to transport it without any difficulties.

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The front side of the drive is made of aluminum. The left up corner has white LED-indicator. The right bottom side has the manufacturer logo. During operation the indicator changes its color: from light fading to complete brightness.   

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Backside of the drive is made of qualitative plastic. Here you can find a small sticker with specified name, serial number, country of origin and list of supported certificates. 

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Almost all faces of the drive have no elements or sockets. Only on the top you will find the single USB 3.0 port which is used for connection of Seagate Backup Plus Fast to laptop or PC. It is reverse compatible with port USB 2.0.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

After removing the top lid of the case you can find disk array RAID 0 presented by two 2.5” drives Samsung Spinpoint ST2000LM003. This series is characterized by memory capacity of 2 TB, presence of interface SATA 6 Gb/s, spindle rotation speed at a level 5400 rpm and capacity of cache of 23 MB.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The hard drives are connected by metal housing that provides qualitative and reliable connection. Due to rubber inserts on the mounting screws, this structure is in contact with external case that allows significantly reduce vibration level during operation. 

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Circuit board based on controller ASMedia ASM1053 is responsible for quality and speed on data transfer between interfaces SATA and micro-USB.

Software

As we have already mentioned the drive Seagate Backup Plus Fast has perfect functionality for data backup. First of all it is possible due to reliable software in type of brand utility Seagate Dashboard, that is available for operating systems Windows and Mac OS. Initially the application is on the hard disk but I necessary you can download it on official website.  

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Program Seagate Dashboard has quite easy and intuitive interface so even entry-level user can understand its settings.

Application window can be divided into three parts. On the top there are icons “Home”, “Setting”, “Information”.  To the left you can notice rapid access menu. The main part of operating surface is given to image of detailed information taken from previous sections.

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In the section with device image the user can get data about available memory capacity and firmware version, adjust operation mode of LED-indicator, test the drive as well as get require information and technical support.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The section “Cloud” has service of data backup using cloud storage. For this purpose you need to create own profile using appropriate menu item of utility Seagate Dashboard and register the drive. After such procedure you will get free access to Cloud Storage for 1 year as well as can store files with capacity up to 4 GB. If necessary you can increase the capacity of available memory by paid subscription. The only minus of such service is that the function Cloud Storage is available only for the owners of OS Windows.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

The section “PC backup” allows independently create backup of important data taken from PC or laptop or adjust automatic backing function.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

In item “Mobile backup” you can perform data backup from personal smartphone or tablet based on OS iOS or Android. For this purpose you need to create account using an appropriate item in menu of utility Seagate Dashboard and download mobile application Seagate Mobile Backup from App Store or Google Play.

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Section “Social networks” allows easily post taken video and photo material in the most popular social networks and internet-services such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast

Using the section “Restore” you can resume necessary data from created backups.

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Item “Setting” allows changing the regional information, adjusting function of data security and simultaneous use of the drive, watching log as well as downloading regeneration for the application Seagate Dashboard.


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