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Should You Buy a Seagate External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 07 June 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 3,200 user and expert reviews and 40+ 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 award winning external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at £39 for the STEA500400 which has a hard drive capacity of 500GB and a weight of 170g and go up to £250 for the Game Drive - 1Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 135g. The average price of a new Seagate external hard drive is £97.

Seagate are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning 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%
745 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#3
France
92%
92%
15 reviews
#4
91%
91%
15 reviews
#5
89%
89%
29 reviews
#6
China
84%
84%
19 reviews
#7
Japan
79%
79%
0 reviews
#8
79%
79%
52 reviews
#9
77%
77%
0 reviews
#10
WD
74%
74%
792 reviews
#11
ioSafe
74%
74%
10 reviews
#12
73%
73%
7 reviews
#13
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#14
Transcend
71%
71%
0 reviews
#15
Verbatim
71%
71%
0 reviews
#16
Maxtor
68%
68%
0 reviews
#17
65%
65%
0 reviews
#18
OWC
63%
63%
0 reviews
#19
Apricorn
57%
57%
1 review
#20
Digittrade
55%
55%
0 reviews
#21
Samsung
South Korea
55%
55%
0 reviews
#22
Sony
Japan
55%
55%
0 reviews
#23
Lenovo
China
54%
54%
0 reviews
#24
Integral
52%
52%
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 50 Seagate external hard drives currently on the market in the UK. 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 Built-in USB Hub and 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
£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
£97
£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 81% and 90% 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
gadgetgear.nl logo
90%
3 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
back2gaming.com logo
91%
1 review
89%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
techtickerblog.com logo
60%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
80%
1 review
macworld.fr logo
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
58%
29 reviews
54%
18 reviews
21%
4 reviews
46%
6 reviews
Average
72%
47 reviews
82%
30 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
72%
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. 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 13 awards for its external hard drives.

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
gadgetgear.nl logo
3
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
nikktech.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
Other Expert Sites
8
5
2
Total
13
19
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 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

a USB 3.0 C port built in flawlessly with the included cable
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 Built-in USB Hub and Drag & Drop File Saving.

Seagate Built-in USB Hub

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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 Backup Plus - 6Tb (£118), the Seagate Backup Plus Hub - 4TB (£97) and the Seagate Backup Plus Hub - 8TB (£151).

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 (£60).

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

Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb

£94.99
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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 £94.99 is the Seagate Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 85.

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

A fully featured but 3 year old 247g external hard drive, very good for ALL the cat pictures. It has a hard drive capacity of 5TB and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Age
3 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb in the UK is £94.99 and in total we found 10 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Expansion - 5TB

£104.99
Argos
Seagate Expansion - 5TB
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Seagate Expansion - 5TB
5TB
5 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
950g

If you're looking for a high end Seagate external hard drive then the Seagate Expansion - 5TB takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 78, but is a bit more expensive at £104.99.

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

A good spec and cheap 950g external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 5TB.

78
Features
Good Features
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
4 Years Old
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Expansion - 5TB in the UK is £104.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Seagate External Hard Drive?

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB

£65.49
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
1TB
120 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
159g

At only £65.49 and with a Kagoo Score of 81 the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Lighter than average (140g)
USB powered

A relatively new and bargain price USB powered external hard drive, with one of the lightest weights on the market and a good spec.

73
Features
Good Features
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Age
17 Months Old
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
1 Minute Unboxing - Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1 TB External HDD (Silver)
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Slim - 1TB in the UK is £65.49 and in total we found 4 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 Built-in USB Hub
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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