The engineering team at Seagate must have heard the phrase "you can't take it with you," and taken it as a design challenge. The company's new Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive offers buyers the ability to carry 5x1012 bytes around, inside a package that measures 4.5" x 3.1" x 0.8" (or 11.5cm x 7.8cm x 2.1cm).
The new Backup Plus drive is currently the highest-capacity 2.5" portable drive, though this distinction within the segment seems destined to be short-lived. Maximum transfer speed is listed at 120MB/s, so portable SSDs have nothing to fear from Seagate's latest with respect to performance. At the maximum published data rate, filling the drive would take over eleven hours.
According to Anandtech, the drive draws a maximum of 2.1W and employs Seagate's shingled magnetic recording (SMR) and multi-tier caching (MTC) technologies to deliver a blend of high capacity and reasonable performance. The drive is powered by and communicates with its host a USB 3.0 port.
The drive is available in red, blue, silver, and black anodized aluminum finishes, allowing the worst of digital pack rats to quickly differentiate between their collection of portable drives. The Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive will cost $190 when it goes on sale "later this month."