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Seagate Backup Plus Hub review: The premier USB 3.0 external drive

The drive also includes the Seagate Dashboard backup software, with three different backup functions: PC Backup, Mobile Backup and Social, to back up your computer, your mobile devices and your social website data (Facebook, Flickr and YouTube) respectively. The software interface is easy to understand and the backup process is simple and streamlined.

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Though not colored blue, these two USB ports of the Backup Plus Hub are actually USB 3.0.

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The Backup Plus Hub also includes a free two-year plan of 200GB online storage with Microsoft OneDrive. After the first two years, this plan will cost you about $50, £50 or AU$50 per year.

As for its speed, when connected via USB 3.0, the Backup Plus Hub scored a sustained copy speed of 181 megabytes per second for writing and 195MBps for reading. This is one of the fastest results I've seen for an external drive that houses a single regular (non-SSD) hard drive. At this speed it can transfer a full Blu-ray disc's worth of data (25GB) in less than two and a half minutes.

Should I get it?

The answer is totally a yes if you have a USB 3.0 (or 3.1)-ready desktop computer and need extra storage space. The Backup Plus Hub is available on Amazon in 4-terabyte and 8TB versions at $140 and $250, respectively. There's also a 6TB version that costs $200. (It's not available in the UK or Australia, but those prices convert to roughly £105, £150 and £190 or AU$185, AU$265 and AU$330.) When you consider its fast performance, the USB Hub feature and the massive storage space, those prices are actually quite the deal for what you get.

If you have a laptop, however, the Backup Plus Hub is not for you. It's just too bulky to carry on the go. Instead go with a portable drive, such as the Seagate Backup Plus Slim or WD My Passport Ultra.

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