All things being otherwise equal, 5TB of capacity is better than 4TB. Things aren’t entirely equal in this case, but close enough that the $140 Seagate Backup Plus 5TB 2.5-inch USB 3.0 hard drive is a tempting product. I don’t want to let it go, and I have more USB drives than I need. 

Said temptation applies only if you’re one of those who falls prey to the “stuff expands to fill available space” syndrome. You may not think of yourself as a part of that clan, but if you get anywhere near a 4K video camera, you might be a card-carrying member before you know it.

Design and specs

As shown at the head of the article, the Backup Plus 5TB is available in red, black, silver, and blue. The review unit Seagate sent us was basic, innocuous black. Color-coded drives are handy if you’re storing separate projects, rotating backups, or just trying to keep track of what’s what.

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