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Should You Buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 16 August 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.

We've collated all the key information on Seagate external hard drives in this handy guide. We've analysed over 4,200 user and expert reviews and 20 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,000 external hard drives to impartially compare each external hard drive brand.

Seagate are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at £39 for the Expansion Portable - 500GB which has a hard drive capacity of 500GB and a weight of 170g and go up to £287 for the Wireless - 500Gb which has a hard drive capacity of 500GB and a weight of 281g. The average price of a new Seagate external hard drive is £103.

Seagate are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range 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
United States
95%
95%
1,416 reviews
#2
United States
90%
90%
113 reviews
#3
France
87%
87%
15 reviews
#4
85%
85%
14 reviews
#5
84%
84%
29 reviews
#6
China
83%
83%
19 reviews
#7
82%
82%
52 reviews
#8
Japan
76%
76%
0 reviews
#9
74%
74%
0 reviews
#10
72%
72%
7 reviews
#11
ioSafe
71%
71%
10 reviews
#12
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#13
Transcend
70%
70%
0 reviews
#14
Verbatim
68%
68%
0 reviews
#15
67%
67%
0 reviews
#16
Apricorn
66%
66%
1 review
#17
OWC
64%
64%
0 reviews
#18
Glyph
64%
64%
0 reviews
#19
I-O Data
63%
63%
0 reviews
#20
Apacer
61%
61%
0 reviews
#21
Maxtor
61%
61%
0 reviews
#22
61%
61%
0 reviews
#23
ADATA
57%
57%
0 reviews
#24
Elecom
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
Digittrade
57%
57%
0 reviews
#26
Sony
Japan
57%
57%
0 reviews
#27
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#28
MediaRange
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Samsung
South Korea
54%
54%
0 reviews
#30
Kanguru
53%
53%
0 reviews
#31
Hamlet
53%
53%
0 reviews
#32
TechniSat
52%
52%
0 reviews
#33
Integral
51%
51%
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 over 40 Seagate external hard drives currently on the market in the UK. At an average purchase price of £103, Seagate external hard drives also tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Seagate external hard drive is 82%.

Seagate have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Seagate external hard drive being 82%. Seagate have a number of great features including Built-in USB Hub and Drag & Drop File Saving which sets them apart from the competition.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£144
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £749
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£103
£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
4
4 stars
5
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Seagate logo

User Reviews

5 stars
69
4 stars
11
3 stars
1
2 stars
3
1 star
9
Seagate has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its external hard drives than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 90% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Seagate external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 83% 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 Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
CNET.com logo
71%
4 reviews
computershopper.com logo
70%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
Techradar logo
65%
2 reviews
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
mobimaniak.pl logo
90%
1 review
mymac.com logo
90%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
realhardwarereviews.com logo
78%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
pcworld.co.nz logo
80%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
12 reviews
70%
2 reviews
26%
3 reviews
58%
6 reviews
32%
3 reviews
Average
82%
23 reviews
70%
11 reviews
55%
10 reviews
78%
10 reviews
75%
8 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Seagate External Hard Drives Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 3 industry awards for Seagate external hard drives. 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 won 3 awards for its external hard drives.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power
01net.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
razorman.net logo
1
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
1
PC Mag logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hardwaresecrets.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
Total
8
1
5
3
8

How Reliable Are Seagate External Hard Drives?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Seagate external hard drives. 100% of reviews that mention reliability 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

Most reliable
Bestbuy.com
Well built
Argos.co.uk

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 Built-in USB Hub and Drag & Drop File Saving.

Seagate Built-in USB Hub

A built-in USB Hub means that the hard drive also has several USB sockets for plugging in peripherals or transferring data.

Seagate external hard drives that have a Built-in USB Hub include the Seagate Expansion - 6Tb (£123), the Seagate Backup Plus - 10Tb (£200) and the Seagate Backup Plus Hub - 8Tb (£174).

Seagate Drag & Drop File Saving

Seagate external hard drives that feature Drag & Drop File Saving include the Seagate Expansion - 3Tb (£85) and the Seagate Expansion - 2Tb (£57).

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

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb

£104.98
PC World Business
Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb
5TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
247g

A great mid range choice, priced at £104.98 is the Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 86.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (5TB)
USB powered

A fully featured and cheap 247g external hard drive, great for ALL the cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 5TB.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Widely Available
82
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Age
3 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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What is the Best High End Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Game Drive Hub - 8Tb

£149.53
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Seagate Game Drive Hub - 8Tb
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Seagate Game Drive Hub - 8Tb
8TB
160 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
890g

If you're looking for a high end Seagate external hard drive then the Seagate Game Drive Hub - 8Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 85, but is a bit more expensive at £149.53.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (8TB)

A very popular and hard drive capacity 890g external hard drive, very good for ALL the cat pictures.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
80
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Age
3 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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What is the Best Budget Choice Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus

£47.98
PC World Business
Seagate Backup Plus
Buy Now
Seagate Backup Plus
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
860g

At only £47.98 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Seagate Backup Plus makes a great budget choice.

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

A fully featured and best selling 860g external hard drive, great for ALL the cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
83
Value for Money
Very Good
72
Age
5 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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