Seagate Backup Plus HDD crams 5TB into a 2.5″ portable drive

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 5×1012 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."

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Now Seagate can blame your carelessness by tossing this portable hard drive around for your data loss!

    • RdVi
    • 3 years ago

    Ewww micro USB 3…

    Both my current work backup drive and my phone have it. Can’t wait to upgrade both to usb 3 type c, I just need other reasons to upgrade!

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Isn’t the USB C spec in shambles these days?

    • Lianna
    • 3 years ago

    Effectively less than 5 cube um per usable bit.

    Why 21mm height if the drive is 15mm? Width goes from 75 to 78mm.

    SMR 🙁 …thanks, but no, thanks.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      The SMR makes this thing [i<]nasty[/i<] but the 21mm height is reasonable. 1-2mm of that is external hardshell and the rest is going to be rubber bumpers for shock absorbtion.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Chickenpox is bad enough, but nobody wants to be a shingles carrier.

      • oldog
      • 3 years ago

      For the record, shingles is caused by the chickenpox (herpes varicella-zoster) virus. Chickenpox is the acute first infection and a recrudescence of the virus is the cause of shingles.

      Still, I get the joke;)

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        TIL what “recrudescence” means.

    • Fieryphoenix
    • 3 years ago

    Gah! My NAS is 6 TB! So close.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Optimistically assuming that you can sustain that 120MB/sec transfer rate indefinitely, it will take about 11.6 hours to fill the drive.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      How many days would that take over LAN?

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        If it’s a gigabit LAN at peak throughput… about the same amount of time (maybe an hour or two more) since gigabit speeds can come very close to 120MB/sec.

        Once again, this is assuming that the drive can maintain that 120MB/sec indefinitely.

          • Waco
          • 3 years ago

          It’s SMR, I’d expect it to run a few tens of MB/s with sustained writes at best. At best…

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      You mean like Wayne said in the FA, “a the maximum published data rate, filling the drive would take over eleven hours.” ? 🙂

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        I ADDED PRECISIONS!!

        OVER ELEVEN HOURS COULD MEAN…. TWELVE HOURS!

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah. Hurrah for small, easy-to-fill hard drives!

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