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Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4 TB Red (STHP4000403) Reviewed

Seagate, one of the biggest brands in the physical storage world, has rolled out another update to their incredibly popular Backup Plus line of external HDDs.

Seagate – Backup Plus Portable 4TB

Right out of the gate, it’s visible that Seagate have stepped up their game when it comes to the overall design and look of these hard drives. Whether you’re running with a 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, or 5 TB option it’s going to be encased in a brushed aluminium enclosure with a little bit of style and flair – with blue, black, red, or silver accents that look clean and modern.

Super lightweight but still strong and durable, these aluminium enclosures measure 4.5” x 3.25” x 1” and only weigh 8.7 ounces. They aren’t going to take up a lot of your desk space and they aren’t going to take up a lot of room in your laptop case, either.


While the drives inside of these Seagate Backup Plus external options are still traditional HDDs, they do feature new performance technology built right in to speed them up and to improve your overall experience – including a default setting of being formatted as exFAT right out of the box.

This allows you to use these hard drives on a Mac or a PC without any trouble whatsoever, all without having to go through a unique reformatting process to make the most of these drives.

You’re going to be able to get about 125 MB per second of both write and read speed out of these new Seagate drives.


Seagate hard drives have always been well-regarded when it comes to reliability, and the new Backup Plus Portable options are no exception.

You’ll have the chance to use the 100% free and included proprietary Toolkit software from Seagate as soon as you connect the hard drive to your device. This is a great system that automates a lot of your backup and data protection efforts, though if you have a different solution you like to use you can certainly go in that direction, too.


  • Super slim design and lightweight construction without sacrificing strength or durability
  • A great price for a 4 TB external hard drive that “just works” right out of the box
  • Cool freebies (one of which we highlight in just a moment) that make this a real great value
  • Solid formatting for Windows and Apple devices right from the factory


  • Naming conventions haven’t changed so buying the latest Seagate Backup Plus Portable can be a little confusing online, especially with so many previous-generation models still out there
  • These external drives still use HDD technology versus SSD (though it keeps costs down)

Limited-Time Special Offer

As we highlighted, for a limited time only you are going to be able to get 100% free access to the Seagate Recovery Service (SRS) for two years with your purchase of this hard drive.

This service allows you to send your drive to Seagate directly for them to recover data should your desk become corrupted for one reason or another. You won’t have to worry about handling the heavy lifting of data recovery yourself but can let the experts handle it all for you – and again, that comes 100% free as part of this promotion.

You will have to purchase your Seagate Backup Plus Portable hard drive before June 30, 2020, this specific promotion to be available, though. It is time sensitive so don’t miss out!

Final Verdict

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a reliable, rock-solid, and great performing hard drive to protect and backup your data you can’t go wrong with the Seagate Backup Plus Portable.

Combine that with the special promotion we mentioned a moment ago and this backup hard drive becomes a no-brainer!