|Hard Drive||4 TB Portable|
Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Black (STDA4000100)
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- Plug-and-play NTFS driver for Mac
- USB 3.0 with data transfer speeds up to 220MB/s
- Quick file transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity.Dimensions(L x W x H mm)-114,5 x 76 x 20,35 mm
- USB powered -no power supply necessary
- Compatible with PlayStation 4 (Requires PS4 System Software Update 4.50 or higher)
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From the manufacturer
Up to 2x Faster than Similar Portable Drives on the Market
The Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive delivers some of the fastest data transfer speeds—up to 220MB/s.
1,583 Movies—on a Single Drive!
4TB of capacity means there’s plenty of room for all your files—you can bring it all. No more picking and choosing what to back up.
Backups Are Manageable with Seagate Backup Software
Back up all your photos and videos with the downloadable Seagate backup software.
Mac and Windows? Check.
It's easy to use your Backup Plus Portable Drives interchangeably on PC and Mac computers—without needing to reformat. Just install NTFS drivers on your Mac and you're good to go.
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|Backup Plus Ultra Slim||Backup Plus Slim||Backup Plus Portable||Backup Plus Fast|
|Capacity||1TB - 2TB||500GB - 2TB||4TB - 5TB||4TB|
|Interface||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0 USB 2.0: Requires Y-cable (included)|
|Colors||Gold, Platinum||Black, Silver, Red, Blue||Black, Silver, Red, Blue||Black|
|Max Data Transfer||120MB/s||120MB/s||120MB/s||220MB/s|
|Seagate Backup Software||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Formatting||PC||PC or Mac||PC or Mac||PC|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||113.5 x 76 x 9.6 mm||113.5 x 76 x 12.1 mm||114.5 x 76 x 20.35 mm||116.9 x 78 x 22.35 mm|
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|Digital Storage Capacity||4 TB||4 TB||2 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable|
|Hard-Drive Size||4 TB||4 TB||2 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.25 x 4.6 x 0.88 in||3.07 x 4.51 x 0.81 in||2.99 x 4.47 x 0.38 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.82 in||3.15 x 4.61 x 0.82 in||3.07 x 4.51 x 0.8 in|
|Item Weight||—||0.54 lb||4.75 ounces||0.52 lb||0.52 lb||0.54 lb|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4,000 GB||4,000 GB||2 TB||4 GB||4 TB||4 TB|
Time matters, and every second counts. Fast delivers full-throttle performance at twice the speed of other portable hard drives on the market—transfer rates up to 220MB/s.
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This Seagate drive is a phenomenal backup drive. It really is FAST! It's so fast because internally it's composed of two hard drives running in parallel in a RAID 0 configuration to give twice the throughput.
It comes formatted in NTFS. Mac users who want to keep using it with NTFS will need to go to Seagate's website to download an NTFS-for-Mac program by Paragon to be able to write to this drive. It's a free program on the Seagate site. Alternatively, Mac users could format the drive to Mac's native "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" file format (also known as HFS+ format). If you want to share this HFS+ formatted drive with a PC, you can install Paragon's HFS-for-Win program on your PC to enable read/write capability on Mac drives. This HFS-for-Win program is also available for free on the Seagate support site.
There are definite advantages of NTFS over HFS+. NTFS gives essentially the same sequential read/write speeds as HFS+, but where NTFS shines is it gives MUCH HIGHER random read/write speeds than HFS+.
Here are typical benchmark numbers on my Macbook Air using DiskMark with this drive. Numbers are in MB per second:
NTFS: 260 (seq. read), 217 (seq. write), 32 (random read), 12 (random write)
HFS+: 253 (seq. read), 214 (seq. write), 20 (random read), 0.5 (random write)
Make sure you plug it into a USB 3.0 port that can provide sufficient power to spin the two physical disks. A sign that it is not getting enough power is the arms making noticeable noise when the drive reads. If that happens you will either have to plug it into a powered USB 3.0 hub or use the USB 3.0 Y cable. I have mine plugged into a powered USB 3.0 hub and it runs totally silently.
The most significant potential negative is the RAID 0 configuration. Basically, because it's composed of two parallel physical drives acting as one, if either drive malfunctions, the total two-drive combo will be toast. In other words, this drive statistically is twice as likely to fail as a similar Seagate drive that is composed of only one physical drive. Of course, that's the trade-off one makes when purchasing this drive: trading reliability and cost for double the speed.
I tested speeds compared to my pretty new Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 drive using CrystalDiskMark 5_1_2 with a 1GiB file size and a 32GiB file size. The red and dark blue bars are the Seagate FAST drive, and as you can see it blew away the other drive. The standard USB 3.0 Backup Plus drive is a pretty decent performing drive already, so for the FAST drive to do so well is impressive.
Time will tell how the failure rates on these drives will be, since inside the housing you have TWO matched 2.5" drives configured in RAID 0. But if you need a drive to move files around as quickly as possible on any platform, the failure rate is less important than speed. If you want a drive for archival purposes, this is not the drive you should be thinking about purchasing.
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