Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Seagate’s new 5TB drive is the largest portable hard drive ever

Seagate announced today that its popular Backup Plus Portable line of external hard drives now comes in a massive 5TB size. The company is claiming that the new 5TB capacity option is the world’s highest capacity portable hard drive, and I can’t find any evidence that it’s wrong. 

The new 5TB external drive uses the same technology as Seagate’s recently released 5TB BarraCuda hard drive — the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch drive — in order to fit that much storage space into a portable drive. The advantage of that is unlike most external hard drives that use a larger 3.5-inch drive, the 5TB Backup Plus Portable doesn’t require a separate power source, making it a truly mobile device. 

The 5TB Backup Plus Portable doesn’t trade any speed for storage, however, transferring data at up to 120 MB/s using a USB 3.0 connection. The 0.8-inch-thick case is relatively bulky at almost twice the thickness of Seagate’s 0.38-inch-thick Backup Ultra Slim and 0.4-inch Backup Slim drives, but you can take solace in the fact that the 5TB drive still out-stores two of Seagate’s smaller drives (which top out at a mere 2TB) put together.
The 5TB Backup Plus Portable will cost $189.99 when it’s available later this month. 

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