Review: Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive

It has come to an age where external hard drives are common. But what makes an external hard drive better than the others? Introducing the Seagate Backup Plus, the latest from Seagate External Hard Disk product line. The mention external hard drive enables simple files backup experience, hence the name.

With the Seagate Backup Plus, you have the option not only to back up the files on your computer, but also the files on your social networks such as Facebook and Flickr within a few simple steps, via Seagate Dashboard. Apart from the, Seagate is also offering cloud storage up to 4GB free for 1 year.

In this review, we will cover the functionalities of this portable drive. As always, we will perform some benchmarks to see how fast this drive performs.

Product Link: Seagate Official Product Page

Product Specifications

Products Showcase

The retail box of the Seagate Backup Plus 3TB.

The back of the retail box, showing the features and support for the portable hard drive.

The side of the box highlighting the functionalities of the drive.

Another side of the box, showing the I/O of the drive.

The Seagate Backup Plus comes with USB3.0 cable and power adapter.

Some other shots, showcasing the sleek design of this portable hard drive.

The Testbed

The portable drive is connected via ASRock Z77E-ITX USB 3.0 port.


We tested some of the features of this portable hard drive. Using the Seagate Dashboard Software provided.

The Seagate Dashboard installer is provided inside the portable HDD.

Here is the Seagate Dashboard interface. As we you can see, there are three things that we can do here. We will go through every options.


The main purpose of the Seagate Backup Plus is to backup your files. Here we can see that the drive can protect your files with one click and the user may also create a backup plan.

After clicking the protect now, the portable drive will back up your hard drive.

When the process is done, there will be an update notice to show when the last back up was done.

An example of the size of a backup file. This was on default setting.

You can also create a custom backup plan. Here you can select which files you want to back up.

After the settings has been selected, you can use that new plan to back up your hard drive.


For the Share mode, there are three options. Seagate Dashboard supports Facebook, flickr and YouTube. We will test the Facebook option.

The button will take you to a web browser, in which you will need to enter your login details.

You will need to allow the Seagate Dashboard plugin in your Facebook to enable it to work.

After all that, you can proceed to use the share feature on the Seagate.

Proceed to select the picture to upload.

After selecting the picture, give the album a name and comment. Click on the tick to proceed.

The Seagate Dashboard will upload the picture.

This is how the Album looks like on your Facebook.


The Seagate Dashboard automatically detects if you have added new pictures.

The Dashboard let’s you to download the latest files from your social network.



HD Tune Pro Benchmark

HD Tune Pro Extra Tests

CrystalDiskMark Default

CrystalDiskMark 0x00 Fill

ATTO Disk Benchmark 256MB

ATTO Disk Benchmark 2GB


The Seagate Backup Plus is a really good external device. It combines data storage and also automated backup device. The interface was really simple and easy to learn. Also, the social network plugin serves as a great tool.


  • Huge capacity
  • USB3.0
  • PC and Mac Compatibility


  • Pricey


Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive received Silver Award from

Disclaimer: gives out our own award based on the Hardware Performance, OverClocking Ability, Innovation, and Value as determined by the reviewer


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