Seagate Technology has been in business since 1978 and primarily deals in data storage. They are a world leader in the manufacturing of hard disk drives and have been first to market with many different products. Seagate has continued its first-to-market status by being the first to release a 3 terabyte drive in 2010, as well as the world’s first 4 terabyte drive and the world’s first 1.5 terabytes portable hard drive. One terabyte portable Seagate drives come under a variety of titles including GoFlex, Backup Plus and Black; however, they are generally all the same line of products with few differences.
Visual and Physical Design
The drives generally come in a sleek design with a faux-brushed aluminum finish; however, they are in reality made of plastic. The build quality is generally very high, with solid plastic protecting the inner workings of the drive, which is important for a portable drive; however, like all spinning disk hard drives dropping it does risk damaging the interior and it is not built to resist significant falls. The drives are 3.19 inches wide, 4.81 inches long and 0.61 inches high. They weigh about .37 pounds making them ultra-portable.
Seagate Portable 1TB External Hard Drive
Capacity:1TB | Style:Portable
System requirements on these kinds of drives generally require Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8; however, some people have found that they work on certain Mac devices as well. It also has a plug and plays capability, connected through an 18-inch foot SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable that is also USB 2.0 compatible. The drives also come with a 1-year warranty and a quick start guide in the box. Power to the unit is supplied via the USB cable, eliminating the need for bulky power cords.
Speeds and Size
Data transfer rates can be up to 60 megabytes per second and rotations hit 5,400 RPM. One terabyte is a significant amount of space. To put it into perspective, one terabyte can hold 17,000 hours of high-quality MP3 audio, 310,000 high-resolution images, or 40 days worth (1,000 hours) of video files. For the average person, one terabyte is something that may last them for years.
The drive comes preconfigured to work with Windows computers; however, it can be reprogrammed to work with Mac and even Linux. With the included USB 3.0, a 10GB file can be transferred in under two minutes. Connecting to a USB 2.0 port and speeds are still impressive, clocking in at less than six minutes. With a smaller 1.37GB file, the USB 3.0 can transfer in a brisk 15 seconds, while on USB 2.0 it transferred at an equally speedy (by USB 2.0 standards) 40 seconds. PCMark05 test has it clocking a stunning 6,463 score on USB 3.0 and 3,125 score on USB 2.0.
Cost and Software
The Seagate line comes with a nice piece of software, which makes backing up files a breeze. They have recently revamped the software to be even more simple and easy to use, focusing on the basics and eliminating anything confusing. It is an ideal piece of technology for experts and basic users alike. It also comes with a one year limited warranty on parts and labour.
Reviews on the 1TB Seagate portable hard drives have been largely positive, earning a 92 percent rating by customers. Customers found that the drive was incredibly easy to use, earning a score of 95 percent. The installation also received high marks, hitting 94 percent. Value and performance were solid categories as well, achieving 90 percent in both. Overall, the 1 terabyte drive is perfect for people with plenty of experience with hard drives or someone who just wants additional space to bring with them. For a great affordable price, anyone can own a terabyte drive capable of holding all his or her storage needs for many years to come.
This impressive portable external hard drive by Seagate is designed with everyone in mind. For power users, having fast speeds and plenty of space are a huge asset, while for new users the software provided is easy enough for anyone to understand. With great performance, a beautiful streamlined design, a very nice price and their proprietary Universal Storage Module, the 1 terabyte Seagate drive is made for everyone. Working natively on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP SP3 (both 32 and 64 bit systems) and being able to be formatted to work on Mac further confirm its status. Seagate is a wonderful company with a nice product that would be a great investment for any potential buyer.