The slim, metal design provides premium portability - allowing you to slide the drive into your pocket, purse or backpack and carry it with you. High-speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity offers plug-and-play functionality on your PC without the need of an external power supply. Install the NTFS driver for Mac, and you can use the drive interchangeably between Windows and Mac computers without reformatting. Via the Seagate Dashboard software, you are provided with tools for local, mobile, cloud and social media backup. Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to protect your files in your Backup Plus portable drive at your convenience.
Install the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device to back up all of the pictures and videos from the device to your external drive or the cloud. The Backup Plus Slim portable drive includes 200GB of cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years for added protection and on-the-go access for your most important files. Back up to the cloud using the OneDrive client or Seagate Dashboard.
Additional cloud connectivity is available for Google Drive and Dropbox, as well as social media backup for your Facebook and Flickr accounts. For your videos and photos, the Lyve app recognizes your Backup Plus drive as a photo and video destination. Free up your phone's memory by off-loading your files to your drive, and you can access them anywhere in a single, organized library on the Lyve mobile and desktop apps. System Requirements Mac OS X 10.7 or higher or Windows 8, Windows 7 operating system SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds) Seagate Mobile Backup app system requirements: iOS 7 or higher, Android 2.3 or higher Lyve software requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, Android 4.1 or higher Dimensions & Weight 2.5' Dimensions 0.38' x 2.99' x 4.47' Weight 0.33 lb. Packaging Package Contents Seagate Backup Plus Slim portable drive NTFS driver for Mac Seagate Dashboard backup software 18-inch (45.72cm) USB 3.0 cable 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide.
Pros: Works very well. As an architecture student, I already have the hard drive at half capacity and it's been treating me well so far. I've used it for many things and I haven't ran into any issues as of yet (even after taking a little beating here and there from being transported from home and school in my bag).
Oh yeah, USB 3.0!! Transfer of files is practically instant Cons: None so far, will update if any arise. Other Thoughts: Definitely recommended. This portable hard derive definitely satisfies my space needs!
Old Model Seagate Backup Plus Slim 500gb Portable Hard Drive For Mac
Pros: 1 quiet 2 runs cool 3 small size I tested the transfer speeds, and the unit chugs along nicely at 25-35 mbs, when plugged into a USB 3 port. If you really need more than that, cough up the $$$ and get an external SSD. Cons: None, really, despite the whining from some people about the supplied USB 3.0 cable (see below). Other Thoughts: The unit comes with a 18-inch USB 3.0 cable (specifically, a USB 3.0 A Male to Micro B Male Cable M-M), Chances are pretty good you don't have a spare cable of this particular 'flavor' lying around, so you'd be advised to buy yourself a couple (from NewEgg, or course), just as backups, or because you find that 18-inches for the supplied cable doesn't suit/fit your setup. Pros: Fast, easy to use, silent Cons: Cable is a bit short (-1 egg) Other Thoughts: Works exactly as you'd expect it to. Plug it in, Win7 recognizes it, and you're operational in seconds. USB3 can be a bit picky.
I have two USB 3.0 ports on my enclosure that connect to my Asus motherboard with dedicated cables and this drive works reliably with one but not the other. If you have trouble with USB 3.0 reliability, try a different port before you blame the device. Subtracting one egg due to the shortness of the cable that is supplied with this drive. It's OK but makes it a bit awkward to use with a tower on the floor.
Also: To those complaining about the 'non-standard USB connector' on the drive, this IS a standard connector. It's the standard.USB 3.0. micro connector. Pros: Quality materials and construction. Literally 'pocket sized'.
Silent and didn't create any noticeable amount of heat. Backed up entire photo library and documents, plus clone of OS7. Good transfer rates 100MB/s via USB3. Powered via USB. Cons: PROPRIETARY USB CABLE! I'm not sure how I missed this detail. Not a huge deal in the end, but the source of my rational for deducting one egg.
I was under the impression that manufacturers had left this archaic practice behind in a cooperative effort to move toward ubiquitous data cabling (shnApple being the exception, of course). The connector itself isn't shoddy, just don't lose it because you won't be able reach for the nearest USB mini or micro to use the drive. Other Thoughts: I know I ripped on Seagate about the USB, but I can also understand their position potentially being to force consumers to use that cable because they want to ensure specified USB3 transfer rates and correct voltage supply in order to avoid the customer service nightmare that would ensue from thousands of people using whatever cheap cable they happen to have lying around.
So, in that case I give Seagate a knowing shrug.
The Good The fast and affordable Seagate Backup Plus/Slim has the highest capacity of any portable drive. The drive includes helpful backup software and a free two-year 200GB subscription to Microsoft OneDrive online storage. The Bad The two-year warranty is short and there's no security option to protect the contents of the drive against unauthorized access. The Bottom Line Fast and affordable, the Seagate Backup Plus/Slim is one of the best deals on the market if you want want lots of storage space on the go. Editors' note, July 14, 2015: This review was originally published March 21, 2014, and has been updated with impressions of the 4TB Backup Plus portable drive. The newly refreshed Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive gives you top storage space and fast performance.
It's also affordable. Available in four capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB, the drive currently costs just $60, $61, $89 and $199, respectively. (Note that the newly-released 4TB drive's street price is expected to be lower.) And in my testing, the new drive proved to be one of the fastest of its type. What's more, the drive includes helpful backup software for your local data, social-media content, and even mobile devices. Note that the 4TB is largest capacity for a compact single-volume portable drive, rivaling many desktop drives that are a few time larger in physical size. The drive is ideal for those wanting to carry their entire music, home video library with them on the go.
On the downside, the Backup Plus/Slim drives lack security and has only a two-year warranty, which is shorter than many others on the market, including other drives from Seagate. If you can live with that, the new Slim makes an excellent choice.
Check out our list of for other options. The 4TB Seagate Backup Plus (right) is signifcantly thicker than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim. Josh Miller/CNET Design The new Seagate Backup Plus has two editions, the 0.5-inch thin is called Backup Plus Slim and available up to 2TB in four colors including black, silver, blue and red. The slightly thicker (0.8-inch) 4TB version is called Seagate Backup Plus is available only in black. Other that than, the two are essentially the same.These new drives are to replace the original Backup Plus Slim first released in 2014. This is part of Seagate's effort to completely transform its product lines with the new logo, introduced during CES 2015.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is about the same size as other recent portable drives on the market, such as the recently review, and is one of the thinnest portable drive that offers up to 2TB capacity. The 4TB Seagate Backup Plus, though a bit thicker, is the first compact single-volume portable drive with 4TB of storage space. Normally, you need a much larger desktop drive to have more than 2TB. Note that Seagate also has the that also offers 4TB, but this drive includes two internal drive on the inside, instead of just one.
Like most portable drives, the all the new Backup Plus/Slim portable drive is bus-powered. This means it needs only one Micro-USB 3.0 port and comes with a standard USB cable included. This cable will take care of both data and power connections when the drive is connected to a computer's USB port. In my testing, the 2TB version of the Slim worked well with all USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports I tried it with. The drive has an aluminum casing that makes it feels very solid, though still quite light. Seagate Backup Plus/Slim.
Features Out of the box, the drive is formatted in the NTFS file system and works right away with a Windows computer. However, you can download and install an to make it work with Macs without reformatting. If you want to reformat it into HFS+ to work natively with Macs, you can use an to make your Windows computers read and write to the Mac file system. The Backup Plus Slim is available in four different colors.
Josh Miller/CNET Like the, the Backup Plus/Slim include the backup software. There are three main backup functions: PC Backup, Mobile Backup, and Social. The PC Backup part is basically the local backup; here you can either customize real-time local backups or let the software, by default, pick what should be backed up for you. After that, the drive will back up continuously when changes have been made to data. In my trials, this function worked very well. Note that this part is available only for Windows.
The Mac version of the software has only the other two functions.