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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop 3TB USB 3.0 Storage Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark
  6. ATTO Benchmark
  7. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  8. HD Tune Pro Benchmark
  9. Transfer Tests
  10. Conclusion

The last Seagate drive that I reviewed was the 1TB portable version of Backup plus. The one that I’ve recently received from Seagate is the desktop 3TB version. Unlike the portable version, the desktop version requires an AC adapter to power up the drive.

Although it should be of news that during CES 2013, a newer USB 3.0 version was being showcased to offer 10Gbps throughput and up to 65w of supply. Its very good considering you can power up such large storage drives in a single cable and a throughput ability as same as thunderbolt cables- but as many know thunderbolt costs money, USB cables don’t !

But that’s a standard which may come during 2014. So we’ll need to wait for that.

3TB is a very generous amount of space for a lot of people. Many desktop users have a lot of storage drives in their tower-type systems, primary drive for OS and well as secondary drives. How quick is this drive?

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On top, Seagate states 3 years warranty period in Asia Pacific and Japan, hence the actual model number for Asia-Pacific is STCA3000300. For EMEA its STCA3000200 with 2 years of a warranty period and for Americas its STCA3000101 with 2 years warranty period.

The drive that I have, is STCA3000300. Despite the model number, most likely the actual drive used inside should be the same.

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The illustration is no different from what was seen in previous Backup Plus version. To those who don’t know about Backup Plus’ utility that is bundled on the drive itself, you can check it out the Software Impressions.

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The drive is protected adequately, and Seagate provided an AC adapter with 4 switchable plug types and a USB 3.0 cable. If you’re curious, the voltage input of the socket is 100-240V at 50/60Hz. If you’re travelling around with this desktop drive and need a compatible plug, these plugs should cover most of the well known AC Plug types out there.

There isn’t much written about the specifications, but Seagate mentioned that they provided a 4 foot USB 3.0 cable and the product dimensions are 158mm in length, 124mm in width, 44mm in depth and weighs 1.08kgs. At the very least Seagate could have mentioned the operating temperatures.

But CrystalDisk revealed that this uses ST3000DM001 drive- The 3TB version of Barracuda drive I’ve reviewed well before I started Hardware BBQ.

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It’s a 4k Aligned drive (by default) SATA III 7200 RPM drive. This should be interesting. The minimum ambient for this drive’s temperature on load starts from 0 to up to 60 degrees Celsius max.

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The plastic casing is glossy.

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The top section has ventilation holes for dissipating heat.

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Seagate uses those type of Glossy plastic casing that one point Western Digital used them. Seagate should have ditched glossy casing when they had a chance. But its more of a preference.

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The front casing section’s LED is white. The pinhole type LED glows switch powered up. On the dock has 4x bars to roughly give you an idea on how much data is stored in the drive. The rear is where you have an array of vents. Below that is where you’ve have the AC Power port and the USB 3.0 port.

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The underbelly and base section of the dock is matte finish plastic, with 4x rubber feet on the bottom and 3x clamp on the base to clip on the rest of the drive. Do note that unlike Go-Flex version, I wasn’t able to use the GoFlex USB 3.0 cable and even the native SATA connectors on it.

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The socket add-ons need to slide in. Very useful add-on, especially for those who need larger storage and going to different countries that different socket plug types.

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You get 465GB of usability space on this drive.

It gives me great pleasure to say that I get hardware support from the manufacturers to review not only their own products, but others on behalf of the readers. Its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached and that helps me to help you! Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for:Seagate Backup Plus Desktop 3TB STCA3000300 USB 3.0 Storage Drive
Motherboard+ ProcessorGigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0 + AMD 965BE
MemoryKingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS driveWD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS
Power SupplyCoolermaster GX450
ChassisN.A.

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD (Pass 3) Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO (Pass 3) Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HD Tune Pro Sequential Write and Read Pass 3

Transfer Tests 1.27GB zip file transfer test; 11.34GB ISO Transfer; 98.39GB Assorted Movie Folder Transfer; 1.34GB Assorted Photo folder Transfer

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Although this drive is used for AS SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.
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ATTO cannot run sequential file benchmarks with a file size smaller than the size of the aligned drive. Since this is a 4K drive by default, tests were done with 4KB onwards. The drive’s performance is pretty much maxed from 64KB file size transfer, in both reading and writing.

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The drive is on par with some other drives from 64KB file size onwards, just like AS SSD benchmark.

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Write file transfer from 64KB is bit quicker than the portable version of 1TB Seagate Backup plus and does well even against another portable drive with Toshiba’s MQ01ABD050 drive- ADATA HV610.

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This drive’s Sequential stays pretty much on par with ADATA HV610, but when it comes to 512K random, this drive flies.

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Looking at the average tests- both read and write, this is the fastest average speed I’ve seen yet. Access time is the best with read tests. Do note however, with write tests, the temperature shoots up. At one point, the drive has touched as high as 61 degrees Celsius with the ambient of approx. 24 degrees.

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The drive has taken much lesser time compared to others when it comes to transferring smaller compressed files.

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The drive takes 1-2 seconds lesser compared to the 2TB and 1TB drives of My Passport drives from WD.

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When it comes to larger ISO compressed file transfers, Seagate Backup Plus 1TB and HV610 is quicker, which is not bad for a drive with 1TB per platter.

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It takes some more time than ADATA HV610, again- it’s not bad for a 1TB per platter. It takes lesser time compared to 1TB version of Seagate Backup Plus and even WD’s My Book Essential 3TB. This is a good drive for a media backup.

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Another concern is using this drive with Windows’ own Backup. Since Seagate’s Dashboard is only a media backup, many would need to use some other backup software. One of them would be Windows 7’s own backup. But unfortunately:

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This isn’t the drive’s fault mind you, but it’s something you should know.

4K aligned drive lets you be used as a source of backup using Windows’ own backup utility. Maybe Windows 7 has issues detecting it as a 4K aligned drive by default. It shouldn’t happen with software like Acronis which is made keeping 4K aligned drives in mind. Keep in mind that if you’re going to use this drive for backing your drives, don’t use Windows backup with any drives irrespective of the manufacturer with 4K alignment by default. But if you do, use it with a backup software that is made keeping 4K aligned drives as a backup drive in mind.

But will Microsoft correct this issue??

IndiaU.S.U.K.
Rs. 9,939$139.99£105.96

The prices for India online retail is about Rs. 2,000 /$38 more, but then again Asia Pacific has 3 years warranty on the drive, whereas others have 2.

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