On the top face of Seagate's Backup Plus Slim external
hard drive is a small slit at the upper left corner
where a white LED status light dimly glows when the drive is powered up and when
it's engaged in a data transfer. The Backup Plus Slim does not
require any external power adaptors, all power is supplied via the USB port. There is
absolutely nothing else remarkable about the device on any of the remaining
When connected to a USB3.0 port the 2TB Seagate
Backup Plus Slim external hard drive can transfer a single 8.5GB test file to the
PC at a rate of about 52MB/s. When connected via USB 2.0, transfer rates hover
around 21MB/s. To put these transfer speeds into perspective, Patriot's Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive can copy a
single 8.5GB file over to a PC at a rate of 53MB/s. USB 3.0 devices are
theoretically capable of moving data at a quick
4.8Gbit/s, a 10x boost up from the 480Mbit/s rate of USB 2.0.
PCSTATS only complaint about Seagate's Backup Plus Slim
is the USB 3.0 connector. The USB 3.0 cable connection feels pretty flimsy so you will want to
be careful when handling the device so the connecting cable doesn't bend at the connection.
A right-angled USB 3.0 cable connector would have been
a better solution than a rigid connector sticking out at right angles.
The entire drive case is 12.1mm thick. That's
pretty thin! Overall dimensions are 76x113mm.
There is nothing on the
bottom of the drive case, apart from a sticker with model number and product
Benchmarks and final thoughts on the Seagate Backup Plus Slim external
hard drive are next.