PROS / The security features the drive has are well implemented.
CONS / Setup on Macs is a little difficult.
VERDICT / The Seagate Backup Plus is a good digital storage device that provides value and data security, but several minor flaws hold it back.
The Seagate Backup Plus is one of the best desktop external hard drives for PCs due to its product line options from 2TB up to 5TB worth of storage space. It strikes a good balance between usability, design and security, but it has a few flaws that hold it back – like the lack of built-in diagnostics. The Seagate Backup Plus has much to offer for anyone who needs some extra storage space.
Seagate still has a few issues to work out in terms of its included software. Seagate Dashboard isn't very intuitive. You can always delete this preloaded software, but it will, in turn, delete the security measures as well. The software does have its positives. Everything in the Backup Plus's software package is customizable. It focuses on restoring backed-up files, scheduling automatic backups and editing sync settings.
While this drive will work on a Mac, you will need to run everything through Time Machine. It's not entirely a plug-and-play experience. On the Backup Plus's product page, there is a wealth of information, including community forums, contact support and a knowledgebase with FAQs and troubleshooting guidelines.
The security measures include two different passwords, a specific encryption folder and an auto-locking drive. Each time you unplug the desktop external hard disk from the computer, it automatically locks. A password is required to unlock the drive.
While all of these features seem helpful, the Backup Plus is missing a built-in diagnostic system and a security slot for physically securing the drive to a desk, table or other surface. While passwords and auto-locking are nice, it'd be nicer if you could prevent someone walking off with your hard drive altogether.
The Seagate Backup Plus secures your digital content with two different passwords, automatically locks when disconnected from a computer and has a specific encryption folder for your most sensitive documents. While it doesn't have a security slot to physically lock the drive in place, this external hard drive does have automatic, continuous backup that's completely customizable. The Seagate Backup Plus is one of the best external hard drives you can get, but there are slightly better options.