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Should You Buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?

Updated 05 November 2019 by Matthew
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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 3,200 user and expert reviews and 40+ 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 $48 for the Backup Plus Portable Slim - 1TB which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 159g 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 $82.

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. 3 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Seagate is the 3rd best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
95%
95%
759 reviews
#3
United States
93%
93%
192 reviews
#4
83%
83%
52 reviews
#5
82%
82%
15 reviews
#6
China
81%
81%
19 reviews
#7
74%
74%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
74%
74%
10 reviews
#9
71%
71%
0 reviews
#10
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#11
Japan
69%
69%
0 reviews
#12
Transcend
67%
67%
0 reviews
#13
Verbatim
65%
65%
0 reviews
#14
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#15
OWC
63%
63%
0 reviews
#16
Glyph
62%
62%
0 reviews
#17
Rosewill
55%
55%
0 reviews
#18
Kanguru
55%
55%
0 reviews
#19
Lenovo
China
54%
54%
0 reviews
#20
Maxtor
54%
54%
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
All external hard drive Brands
Seagate External Hard Drives

There's a wide selection of Seagate external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with 20 Seagate external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Seagate also have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Seagate external hard drive being 76%.

The average review score for a Seagate external hard drive is 76%.

Seagate have a number of great features including Drag & Drop File Saving which sets them apart from the competition.

Seagate external hard drives tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$127
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $699
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$82
$0 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000 $416,999
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 external hard drive 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 88% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
komputer.dk logo
37%
1 review
wired.com logo
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
58%
30 reviews
50%
13 reviews
19%
3 reviews
45%
6 reviews
Average
72%
47 reviews
83%
25 reviews
70%
11 reviews
61%
10 reviews
74%
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 given to 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
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
focus-numerique.fr logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
1
Total
13
12
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Seagate External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Seagate external hard drives. 10 of these reviews that 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

The built in card reader is a plus
Bestbuy.com

Features to Look Out For On Seagate External Hard Drives

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Seagate external hard drives that set them apart from the competition. These include Drag & Drop File Saving.

Seagate Drag & Drop File Saving

Seagate external hard drives that feature Drag & Drop File Saving include the Seagate Expansion - 2TB ($68).

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

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb

$94.50
Newegg US
Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
247g

A great mid range choice, priced at $94.50 is the Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 84.

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

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

85
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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Review Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive - Squeezed Lemon Studio
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable Hard Drive Unboxing Video
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Seagate backUp plus Slim 1tb/2tb/4tb - USB Portable Storage drive - Fast Review!
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB Unboxing [GERMAN]
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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3 0 Unboxing, Install
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard drive 4TB Unboxing VIDEO
Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard drive 4TB Unboxing VIDEO

The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb in the US is $94.50 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb

$129.99
Target
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 82, 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 fully featured and good value for money 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.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
82
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 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Archive HDD Expansion Portable 1TB

$49.99
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Seagate Archive HDD Expansion Portable 1TB
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

At only $49.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Seagate Archive HDD Expansion Portable 1TB makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Very light (170g)
USB powered

A fully featured and cheap 170g external hard drive.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Seagate Expansion Portable Drive - 1TB Unboxing
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Archive HDD Expansion Portable 1TB in the US is $49.99 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?
Features to Look Out For On Seagate External Hard Drives
Seagate Drag & Drop File Saving
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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