Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable 2TB Drive Review

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review
Reviewer: Tyler DeGiacomo
Category: 
Storage
Model: 
STEH2000100
Price: 
$144.99

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive is a physically small external hard drive with a moderately large 2TB storage capacity — emphasizing lightweight mobility, with a dash of visual appeal.

Hardware

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review

This Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive is available in two different storage capacities, a 1TB or 2TB model — retailing for $114.99 and $144.99 respectively. This pricing is MSRP and each drive model can be found at online retailers for considerably less.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review

Ultra Slim is the thinnest of all Seagate’s portable drives within the Backup Plus product line. Measuring in at 113.5 (L) x 76 (W) x 9.6 mm (H). Enclosed is a 2TB mechanical Hard Disk Drive (HDD) utilizing Seagate 7mm 2.5” HDD technology, this contributes to reduced height of 9.6 mm and brings weight down to just 4.75 ounces.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review

The housing is light-weight and of solid construction. Featuring a unique stylized top-half made of metal, the dimpled texture is available in either a gold or platinum colors.

A bright white drive activity LED with a horizontal orientation is located towards the top left corner.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review

Bottom-half is less interesting with a matte black finish and embossed Seagate "S" logo along with product information.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review

There doesn't appear to be any way to open the housing without damaging the unit so I couldn't identify the on-board controller. That being said, the interface is USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backward compatible) with a built-in voltage regulator allowing for a single power input from USB 5V bus power so there isn't a need for an additional power adapter or Y-cable.

Included is a removable USB cable, Type-A connector on one side and a Type-B micro connector on the other with an overall length of 15 inches.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Color: Platinum
  • Max Data Transfer: 120 MB/s
  • Dimensions: 113.5 x 76 x 9.6 mm (L x W x H mm)
  • Warranty: 2 year

Performance

Performance testing was done under Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) using an ext4 file system. Factors affecting performance include: Capacity of the drive, interface of the host and overall system performance. Your results may vary.

Test System

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Eight-Core @ 3.40GHz (8 Cores / 16 Threads)
  • Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
  • Memory: 64512MB (64GB DDR4)
  • OS: Ubuntu 18.04
  • Kernel: 4.15.0-29-generic (x86_64)
  • File-System: ext4
  • Interface: USB 3.0

Out-of-box the hard drive is formatted as NTFS (New Technology File System). This format can be used interchangeably between Windows and Mac, as well as Linux without the need for additional drivers. However, as a Linux user, I've gone ahead and reformatted the drive to ext4.

Performance results

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive Review Benchmark

The green points and connecting lines indicate the samples taken; these correspond to the right axis, showing access time, plotted against the bottom axis, representing percentage time elapsed during the benchmark. The blue line represents read rates, while the red line represents write rates; these are shown as access data rates on the left axis, plotted against percentage of the benchmark duration.

Below the graph, values are displayed for minimum, maximum and average read and write rates, also average access time.

Timings of device reads

This measurement is an indication of how fast the drive can sustain sequential data reads under Linux, without any filesystem overhead.

Timing buffered disk reads: 350 MB in 3.01 seconds = 116.30 MB/sec

Gallery

Conclusion

The Good - Pros
  • Low-profile and lightweight
  • 2TB of portable storage for under $100
  • USB 3.0 interface
The Bad - Cons
  • Average disk write performance is poor
The Ugly - Problems
  • N/A
The Verdict - Opinion
  • The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable 2TB Drive offers a bit of aesthetic appeal, along with lightweight portability.

    Though performance isn't exactly stellar, formatting to ext4 along with Linux Unified Key (LUKS) disk encryption makes for convenient and secure storage for those on the go.

Innovation: 
2/5
Performance: 
3/5
Compatibility: 
5/5
Cost / Value: 
4/5

15/20

Overall score


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