Seagate Backup Plus
Social media backup; performance; capacity
Not available after a restart
At about the size of a paperback, it’s hard to believe that Seagate has packed a whopping 3TB of storage into the Backup Plus. It was very easy to set up, with a USB 3.0 connection. However, as Seagate uses a proprietary connector, the Backup Plus can be used with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt by switching cables.
Seagate includes a dashboard application for setting up and managing the unit. We set it up for Mac-only use.
Performance was excellent. There is a noticeable difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 – our first informal test, copying about 750MB of files from the device – completed in just a few seconds.
When we tested a copy of files from the hard drive of our current 15in MacBook Pro we achieved transfer rates close to 1Gbps.
Copying files back the other way, from the Backup Plus to our MacBook Pro, achieved similar transfer speeds.
In response to the way many of us automatically shoot photos and save them directly to Facebook, Seagate has added a useful feature to its Dashboard application – it can log into your Facebook or Flickr account and download all of your photos and videos. So, the Backup Plus is not only about looking after your local data but also your online life. Photos and videos stored on the Backup Plus can also be sent to your Facebook page.
For some reason, our MacBook Pro didn’t recognise the Backup Plus when we restarted the system. We needed to unplug and replug the USB cable.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice:
Great performance, massive capacity and the ability to backup your Mac and online data makes the Seagate Backup Plus worth considering.