Sea­gate Backup Plus Slim 2TB

Ac­tu­ally, you get more than 2TB of stor­age with this por­ta­ble drive…

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Sea­gate, sea­ OS X 10.7 or higher (OS X 10.9 or higher for Sea­gate Lyve app) 1x USB 3.0 Fea­tures Two years of 200GB cloud stor­age, NTFS driver for OS X Mostly good per­for­mance Ap­peal­ing soft­ware bun­dle Well priced for what you get

For the most part, por­ta­ble ex­ter­nal hard drives tend to be pretty much alike: com­pact boxes that wrap a disk in plas­tic or me­tal. This one is the lat­ter type, so it feels tough. The model tested is the same size and weight as the 1TB ver­sion, which is just £15 less.

In terms of per­for­mance, its mean av­er­age trans­fer rates when read­ing (114.1MB/sec) and writ­ing (124.7MB/ sec) se­quen­tially to the disk are re­spectable. In our tougher test of ac­cess­ing ran­dom lo­ca­tions, the mean av­er­age of 22.5MB/sec when read­ing isn’t great, yet 67.8MB/sec when writ­ing is pretty good.

The drive in­cludes two years of online stor­age on OneDrive, which in­te­grates with OS X just as easily as the likes of Drop­box and iCloud Drive. This space is use­ful for back­ing up your most im­por­tant files, but also to trans­fer files to and from a Win­dows PC with­out un­plug­ging things. Or, if you need faster trans­fer of very large files in Boot Camp, the in­cluded NTFS driver means you can keep the drive in that for­mat and also write to it from OS X.

Sea­gate’s Lyve app con­sol­i­dates photos and videos on the drive and makes them avail­able to other de­vices online, but you might see that as re­dun­dant if you use iCloud Photo Li­brary. Alan Stone­bridge

For the most part, a good per­former for a drive of its kind, backed up with a prac­ti­cal soft­ware bun­dle. A big stand with use­ful fea­tures, but a few flaws – most no­tably that it doesn’t have an ex­ter­nal power sup­ply.

This mon­i­tor stand looks bet­ter in photos, but at least it’s af­ford­able.

The Backup Plus Slim’s de­sign is at­trac­tively sim­ple, and its soft­ware bun­dle is, on the whole, good in se­lec­tion and value.

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