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Seagate Technology this week introduced Backup Plus Fast external hard drive that is designed with performance in mind. The device sports USB 3.0 connection and 220MB/s maximum transfer rate, it requires no external power supply and relies on power supplied via USB 3.0 bus, however, its price seems to be rather high.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast external hard drive incorporates two 2GB hard disk drives (exact models unknown, but probably a couple of low-power 2GB 2.5” drives) configured in a hardware RAID 0 (stripe mode which boosts performance and enlarges capacity as the data is spread between two drives), to get the highest capacity and performance the drives can deliver. This allows users to get the 4TB of capacity and up to 220MB/s out of a bus powered (no external power supply required) portable drive. Since the enclosure is not user serviceable, at this time, users do not have the ability to switch to another RAID configuration, such as RAID 1.

“With Backup Plus Fast, Seagate has taken a very mature product category and has delivered innovative enhancements to address the real world challenges of our customers. The performance and capacity of this new portable drive is beyond that of any other external offering to date. We believe that the Backup Plus Fast drive will be widely adopted by creative professionals as the go-to back up device for the field,” said Scott Horn, vice president of global marketing for Seagate.

While numerous external storage devices used RAID 0 mode to boost performance and capacity, those hard drives were aimed at businesses and professionals. Seagate targets its Backup Plus Fast at professionals and prosumers who need capacity and performance, but do not want to pay too much.

“Speed and capacity are of the utmost importance in my work which calls for the latest in digital photography and video technologies. When dealing with the large files these devices produce, whether it is a still photo, time-lapse video or 4K video; having high-capacity reliable and fast storage can make the difference between a project succeeding or failing. Ingesting, editing, managing, and backing up these files, which are often gigabytes in size, represent the crucial steps that make up my digital workflow,” said Jim Sugar, veteran National Geographic photographer.

The metal top-case of Seagate Backup Plus Fast drive is a quality sturdy design and is resistant to scratches and fingerprints. It needs no external power supply and is compact enough to fit easily in a camera bag or backpack while delivering the same or higher capacity of today’s desktop drives.

This new offering also includes the same easy to use backup software that has made the Seagate Backup Plus line up so popular.

The 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Fast portable drive is currently available from Seagate.com, for an MSRP of $299.99.

Tags: Seagate, HDD, Backup Plus Fast

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Latest comment: 01/13/14 12:41:51 AM

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This deal seems a bit off for me...4TB of storage for $300.00 but with a greater risk of data loss due to RAID 0. Streaming 4K content from a single 4TB drive over USB 3.0 is as effective as this RAID 0 setup, but without the extra risk.
0 0 [Posted by: Buck  | Date: 01/10/14 10:34:08 AM]
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I would love to get one of these with Raid 1 instead. Which is what proper backup should do.
0 0 [Posted by: ksec  | Date: 01/10/14 09:52:14 PM]
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I'll pass, I value my data/media content too much to put it onto a raid 0 array
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/13/14 12:41:51 AM]
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