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conclusion:We like it

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Seagate's Backup Plus Fast manages to pack 4TB of storage and good transfer speeds into a compact case that you can take almost anywhere. At 0.8-inches thick it may not be as small as leading competitors, but CNET doesn't have an issue with the added bulk, as the Backup Plus Fast is "still very compact."

That extra bit of real estate does have its benefit, though -- by putting two 2TB hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration, the Backup Plus Fast delivers "zippy write speeds and average read speeds" according to Computer Shopper, and PC Mag says it's "one of the faster large-capacity external hard drives" they tested.

Unfortunately, StorageReview says the drives aren't "user accessible," putting you at the mercy of a support ticket should one of the drives fail. Still, fast speeds and small size make the Backup Plus Fast a good option for carrying around large bundles of data if you move around a lot -- just don't rely on it as your primary form of storage.

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9.0
CNET Mar 12, 2014

The Backup Plus Fast is an excellent choice for anyone, especially those for those needing lots of storage space or the ability to edit videos on the go.

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8.0
PC World Apr 7, 2014

The Seagate Backup Plus Fast is indeed fast. It's also capacious. But use it for backup—not primary—storage. It's very difficult to recover data from a RAID 0 failure.

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8.0
PC Mag May 13, 2014

The Seagate Backup Plus Fast is one of the fastest and most spacious portable external hard drives we've seen. That, and the fact that it costs 6 cents per gigabyte, makes this one a winner.

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8.0
PC World Australia Apr 9, 2014

Seagate's Backup Plus Fast has a 4TB capacity and excellent speed. Both of these traits make it a good portable drive to consider if you want a large and fast drive for transferring data while on the job (or even at home between computers).

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9.0
TweakTown Apr 11, 2014

Performance of the Seagate Backup Plus Fast is quite impressive, and it takes top honors in our charts as the quickest 2.5-inch external solution coming in at 244 MB/s read and 267 MB/s write. Price/Performance also put the drive at the top of our charts due to the overall performance of the unit.

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8.0
ChipChick Mar 19, 2014

Overall while the Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive is not as affordable as many other portable drives on the market, with it large storage capacity and great performance, it has a lot to offer in a small package.

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8.0
StorageReview Mar 9, 2014

With its impressive performance numbers, sturdy build, great software and massive amount of storage space, it's easy to recommend the Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable drive as part of a comprehensive data backup environment.

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8.0
Gizmodo Australia Apr 24, 2014

If you really need a large amount of storage space, the Seagate Backup Plus FAST does a good job. It’s not especially fast or attractive and it doesn’t offer any unique features, but it does have a full 4TB of storage available at the reasonable price tag.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Jun 10, 2014

You don’t get a bulk discount on its four terabytes, but the Backup Plus Fast is your best choice if you need the most speed and capacity possible from one portable hard drive.

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7.0
BGR May 16, 2014

All in all, it’s clever and sensible to tap into cloud storage space than many aren’t maximally exploiting, but I still wish external HDDs didn’t have such woeful failure rates. The USB 3.0 connector is dangerously fragile and too easy to unplug when used in transit.

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