Review: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive

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The Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive is a simple but elegantly designed hard drive designed to backup your digital life. Not only does it look good sitting on the shelf at the store but it looks good sitting on your desk. Its designed to sit flat so its easy to tuck under your monitor or out of the way.

Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive

The Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive – Features

Seagate offers the Backup Plus in 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 Tb, 6 TB, and 8 TB options. That means anyone can use this hard drive to back up their digital files and it works with both Windows and Mac Computers. Just connect your drive to the computer using the 3.0 USB connection. There’s even an app for Apple and Android users so they can back up their mobile files over a WIFI source or to a cloud service if they are on trip and need to free up some space on their mobile devices.

The Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive – My Thoughts

I picked up the Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive last year without any research just the knowledge that they have had reliable hard drives in the past. Plus, the drive was on sale at local vendor for less than $100. I honestly I should have researched the drive first. But at the time I needed a new back up drive and I didn’t have the time to research and order one online.

When I first installed the hard drive I noticed it is loud when the drive is being accessed. Then after a little while the drive gets very hot when its been active more than just a few minutes. I’ve never had an external drive heat up like this one. Running this hot will take life off the drive.

From the reviews on Amazon, this is a common issue. To resolve this issue I have a small desktop fan that runs twenty-four hours a day across the hard drive.  So far the drive runs cooler when its operating.

As to the software I never could get it to work right. I would setup and schedule backup processes and backups weren’t always successful. I tried backing up directly form the computer and over the network work through my router.

Several reviews I read said they had the same issues as well. Sometimes they would get reports that the process was successful but there wasn’t any data in the backup folders. For me, I had some successful backups with data. But I never tried testing it. When it failed, it just failed. I’m not sure where the issue was. If it was my computer or the router. But I tried backing up several different ways and had to many failed attempts. When I used my trusted software, it worked fine. It only failed a couple of times and that was a hardware issue.

Because of those issues and the different reviews I read about I won’t trust their software. But the drive works great. I normally just backup my image images and my Lightroom database manually.

I never tested the app, but I did read the reviews. There were a lot of complaints about the backups not working. Once again, I just backup manually. It only takes a few minutes and I do it while I’m working on that computer.

The Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive should only be used for backup software. If you need a drive for streaming video, image/video processing, or accessing software, I would choose a different drive. The drive is a 54,000 rpm drive.

About James

James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his personal website, Evolutionary Designs Blog, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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