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15-06-2014


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Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB) external hard disk: review and testing

Despite the fact that there are a great number of portable hard drives companies the manufactures of inner HDD want to be along with them and as a result provide own portable solutions. Thus, in the current model range Company Seagate has several different 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch portable hard drives that differs by appearance and internal features.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Fortunately we got the thinnest among. With a thickness of 12.1 mm 2-terabyte solution Seagate Backup Plus Slim can offer not only a significant amount of data storage but also convenient backup.

The specs:

Producer and model

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 

(STDR2000201) 

Form-factor

2,5" 

Interface

USB 3.0 (conversely  compatible with USB 2.0)

Capacity (value X are measured depending of colors of models)

2 TB STDR200020X 

1 TB STDR100020X

500 GB STDR50020X

OS compatibility

Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP SP3

Mac OS X 10.6 or next

Mobile OS for operation of Seagate Mobile Backup supplication

iOS 6 or next

Android 2.3 or next

Limited warranty, year

2

Dimensions, mm

113,5 x 76 x 12,1

Weight, g

159

Color variation

Black, Silver, Blue, Red

Producer website

Seagate

Product page

Name of the product draws attention to one of its main advantages - slim body. Thus, 1 and 2-terabyte solutions can boast 12.1 mm thickness and 500 gigabyte version even thinner - 9.6 mm. Such a low value allows to carry a novelty for example in a jacket pocket without feeling any discomfort.

As you can see, the model Seagate Backup Plus Slim is available in four colors (black, silver, blue and red) and three different capacities (500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB). Such diversity will pick up that best for your solution.

As for the technical and speed performance of the tested device, the manufacturer prefers to indicate only the capacity and type of the external interface. Such parameters as spindle speed, cache size, and real read/write speeds we will learn in the course of testing.

Packaging and content

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Drive Seagate Backup Plus Slim is shipped carton package that contains information about the product. Thus, the front side is remarkable by indicating name and capacity (TB 2) and the type of interface (USB 3.0), and the image drawing.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

The reverse side mentions the possibility of a simple backup of the data contained on the computer, mobile devices or social networks.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Right side of the box contains a lateral view of the device and on the left there is a brief list of features and compatibility lists with operating systems and interfaces.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

According the appropriate inscription the product is made in China.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Complete set of Seagate Backup Plus Slim includes two components: USB 3.0 cable length 46 cm and a quick start guide in 25 languages. The drive is placed in a blister pack that ensures the safety during transportation.

Design

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Pleasant design of drive is provided by top cover made of aluminum with traces of grinding. It includes mode indicator of disk operation and an indication of the manufacturer with the appropriate logo. The surface is quite practical: fingerprints on the body are almost invisible.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

The above mentioned indicator is white. When you connect the hard drive it all the time lights up and during data transfer it flashes.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

The lower part of new item is made of ABS-plastic. Here you can see the model name, serial number, the country of manufacture and the list of supported certificates.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Connecting the drive to your computer is realized by using the interface micro-USB 3.0, backward compatible with the predecessor version 2.0.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Removing the cover you can see the internal hard drive. It is represented by 2-terabyte model Samsung ST2000LM003 equipped with 32 MB cache and running at a speed of 5400 rpm. SATA 6 GB/s is used as the interface media. It is backward compatible with previous versions (SATA 3GB/s and SATA 1,5 GB/s).

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

To protect against magnetic pickup the drive is wrapped by foil acting as the screen.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Internal parts of plastic and aluminum body panels are remarkable by presence of special gaskets that prevent contact of hard disk with the surface.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

As a bridge between SATA and micro-USB there is a miniature plate based on the controller Initio INIC-3609PN.

Software

As we’ve already mentioned the new product boasts good data backup capabilities. This procedure is carried out by using a utility Seagate Dashboard available for Windows and Mac OS. Program is initially present on the drive. If necessary, at any moment it can also be downloaded from the official website of the manufacturer.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

When you run the utility you obtain pleasant and modern interface which allows to easily configure your drive.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

When you click on the device image in the left part the application displays the name of the drive, its serial number and firmware version.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Tab “Control” allows you to change the operation mode of LED, test the device and set the transition time in sleep mode.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

For more information about your device, as well as troubleshooting, you should refer to the tab "Support".

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Item «Cloud» allows to realize the procedure of data backup into a personal cloud storage provided by Seagate. To perform this function you need to register your drive using the corresponding menu item. The data of created account will be used to enter the cloud storage that is available from a link or from the menu Utilities Seagate Dashboard. With this account you can choose your cloud when creating a new backup that allows you to transfer files and get the access to them anywhere, where there is access to the Internet. Free use of cloud services Cloud Storage is available for 1 year and storage capacity is 4 GB. Note that the function Cloud Storage is only available for the OS family of Windows.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Item "Backup" allows you to set the backup of important data.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Adding of a new backup plan is carried out in three steps. In the first you can choose the source to backup. This may be the system directories or user files.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

The second step involves the choice of place of storing copies of the data. After registration in the Cloud Storage service here will be able to select your virtual drive with capacity 4 GB.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

In the third stage the user has an opportunity to select the frequency of the backup.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

After you complete the settings it is possible without problems create one or more backup plans, run the current task or view the log containing an account of the previous procedures.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Item "Mobile Backup" allows to provide backup of the data contained on your gadget (support the devices running on iOS 6 or later and Android 2.3 or later). To do this, you must create an account Seagate by pressing the corresponding button in the application window. Also to the mobile device you should download the utility Seagate Mobile Backup.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Section "Social Networks" allows you to post photos and video content on the social networks and upload it to the drive. Services work with Facebook, Flickr and YouTube is available.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Last item called "Restore" allows you to restore the desired files from a previously created backup.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

At the top of the interface there is "Settings" section, where you can change regional information, turn on/off data protection (available only for Windows) and share the drive, view the event log and update the application Seagate Dashboard.


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