Sea­gate Backup Plus Desk­top Drive 4TB £126, $180

www.sea­gate.com

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The cheap­est drive in our round-up makes back­ing up a breeze with its so­phis­ti­cated soft­ware that’ll au­to­mat­i­cally down­load your on­line so­cial me­dia snaps. There’s even an ac­com­pa­ny­ing app to help you back up pho­tos and videos from your mo­bile de­vices. Of course, you’ll be look­ing at stor­ing pho­tos from your Nikon, and four ter­abytes gives you lots of space.

Only the WD drive comes close to of­fer­ing so much space for the money, but sadly the Sea­gate’s per­for­mance is also slow. Video trans­fer man­ages to be marginally quicker at 140 megabytes per sec­ond, but trans­fer a col­lec­tion of im­age files and the Backup Plus can only muster half the pace of the front-run­ners. How­ever, if you set the drive sim­ply to back up be­hind the scenes its slug­gish­ness be­comes less of an is­sue.

It’s great for back­ing up, but hardly what you’d call speedy

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