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Seagate launches high capacity 5 TB external HDD

Seagate launches high capacity 5 TB 2.5-inch external HDD
Seagate launches high capacity 5 TB 2.5-inch external HDD
The Backup Plus Portable will be the world's largest capacity 2.5-inch external HDD at the consumer level when it launches next month for about $190 USD.

The demand for more storage space is growing now that 4K content is expanding. Seagate is alleviating storage capacity concerns for consumers by offering the Backup Plus Portable external HDD topping out at a whopping 5 TB.

Expected to arrive by this December for about 200 Euros, the Backup Plus Portable will come in Blue, Red, Black, and Silver color options. The 5 TB version borrows technology from the new Barracuda series with 2.5-inch HDD platters at 1.25 TB each. This will make it the largest capacity portable HDD aimed at consumers.

According to the manufacturer, the Backup Plus Portable includes the following features: 

  • High capacity at a moderate size (20.5 mm form factor)
  • Customizable backup options with the included Seagate Dashboard software for local, mobile, cloud, and social media data.
  • Compatibility with both PC (NTFS) and Mac. Fast USB 3.0 transfer rates.
  • Robust aluminum housing

The Backup Plus Portable is the latest in Seagate's family of external drives that includes the Ultra Slim, Slim, Fast, Desktop, and Hub. Beyond these mechanical drives, Seagate also recently unveiled PCIe SSDs capable of transfer rates of up to 10 GB/s.


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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-15 (Update: 2016-11-15)