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Should You Buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?

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Updated 05 March 2020
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should you buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate is one of the most popular external hard drive brands as well as being well known for its . The company behind Seagate also manufacturers LaCie External Hard Drives.

If you are wondering how Seagate external hard drives compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared over 1,000 external hard drives by objectively and impartially analysing over 3,000 user and expert reviews and 30+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Seagate are recognised for their wide selection of award winning and popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $45 for the Expansion USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - 1TB which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 170g and go up to $253 for the Backup Plus 8TB which has a hard drive capacity of 8TB and a weight of 860g. The average price of a new Seagate external hard drive is $93.

Seagate are recognised for their wide selection of award winning and popular external hard drives.

Is Seagate the Best External Hard Drive Brand?

So are Seagate external hard drives any good? We give every external hard drive a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all external hard drives we are able to impartially rank all the external hard drive brands.

Seagate is ranked the No. 2 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Seagate is the 2nd best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
91%
91%
192 reviews
#3
United States
85%
85%
771 reviews
#4
83%
83%
15 reviews
#5
ioSafe
75%
75%
10 reviews
#6
74%
74%
0 reviews
#7
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#8
67%
67%
0 reviews
#9
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#10
OWC
64%
64%
0 reviews
#11
Verbatim
63%
63%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
63%
63%
0 reviews
#13
Transcend
61%
61%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Seagate external hard drives compare to the other external hard drive brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
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Seagate External Hard Drives

There's a smaller selection of Seagate external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 14 Seagate external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Seagate external hard drives also tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

Seagate have worse reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Seagate external hard drive being 76%.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$169
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $799
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$93
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
Price Distribution of Seagate External Hard Drives

What Do the Seagate External Hard Drive Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Seagate external hard drive to work out the average distribution of reviews for Seagate and then compared this to the other external hard drive brands.

Seagate logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
12
4 stars
26
3 stars
12
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Seagate logo

User Reviews

5 stars
49
4 stars
11
3 stars
3
2 stars
2
1 star
6
Seagate has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its external hard drives than most other brands.

Over 76% of expert reviews and 85% of user reviews for Seagate external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 80% and 89% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Seagate external hard drives by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other external hard drive brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
computerbild.de logo
74%
2 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcmweb.nl logo
50%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
61%
18 reviews
21%
4 reviews
44%
5 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
76%
28 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
71%
8 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Seagate External Hard Drives Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 13 industry awards for Seagate external hard drives. This means that Seagate has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards received by Seagate to other popular external hard drive brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Seagate has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
01net.com logo
1
1
1
1
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
1
1
Total
13
10
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Seagate External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Seagate external hard drives. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 100% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Seagate external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% of reviewers think Seagate external hard drives are reliable.

So, most people think that Seagate external hard drives are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Seagate external hard drives that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

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What is the Best Mid-Range Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb

$109.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
247g

A great mid range choice, priced at $109.99 is the Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 81.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered

A fully featured and cheap 247g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb in the US is $109.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb

$129.99
Adorama
Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb
5TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
247g

If you're looking for a high end Seagate external hard drive then the Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 81, but is a bit more expensive at $129.99.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (5TB)
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered

A cheap and fully featured 247g external hard drive. It has a hard drive capacity of 5TB and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB, unboxing
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb in the US is $129.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb

$99.71
Overstock
Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
140g

At only $99.71 and with a Kagoo Score of 87 the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered
Lighter than average (140g)

A cheap and astonishingly light weight USB powered external hard drive, with a very good spec.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Very Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb in the US is $99.71 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?
Is Seagate the Best External Hard Drive Brand?
What Do the Seagate External Hard Drive Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Seagate External Hard Drives Received?
How Reliable Are Seagate External Hard Drives?
What is the Best Mid-Range Seagate External Hard Drive?
What is the Best High End Seagate External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Seagate External Hard Drive?

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