Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable Launched; Highest Capacity Portable Drive Yet

Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable Launched; Highest Capacity Portable Drive Yet
  • 5TB is the most you'll find anywhere in a portable hard-drive
  • It weighs just 247 grams
  • The 5TB Backup Plus Portable will cost $189.99

Seagate has introduced a 5TB version of its Backup Plus Portable line of hard-drives, in what it’s claiming is “the largest capacity mobile drive on the market.” Put simply, if you need more storage on a single device than everyone else on the go, Seagate wants to be your only option.

If you’re wondering how big and heavy a 5TB portable hard-drive must be, the Seagate 5TB measures 11.5x7.8x2cm (LxWxD) in dimensions – almost twice as thick as a Backup Plus Slim drive (1.2cm) – and weighs less than a quarter of a kilogram, at 247 grams. That’s been made possible by Seagate’s new technology behind its 5TB BarraCuda internal hard-drive, which was itself announced only last month.

That means you can use the 5TB Backup Plus Portable without an external power source, which is convenient especially if you’re on the move. And there aren’t any data speed trade-offs, with the new Seagate drive capable of 120MB/s over a USB 3.0 connection. The 5TB drive doesn’t ship with a USB Type-C cable though, so you’ll need to use a dongle if you buy a laptop that only has USB Type-C ports.

As always, Seagate says you’ll be able to download an NTFS driver for Mac for your new 5TB drive, so you don’t have to worry about support though. On the software side, Seagate is touting the convenience of its Dashboard software which provides one-click and scheduled backups, plus apps for both Android and iOS that help you backup your precious mobile pictures and videos, either to the 5TB drive or the cloud.

The Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable will be available later this month in Black, Silver, Red, and Blue colour options at $189.99 (about Rs. 12,886). Considering the 4TB Backup Plus Portable retails for around Rs. 13,000 in India, expect the 5TB version to be priced around Rs. 16,000.


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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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