To test the drive’s performance I copied a single large file 3.66GB in size to the hard disk from a PC. However, with a single file steady transfer rates can easily be achieved so I also got together 716MB of images of various sizes.
The 3.66GB file copied to the drive in 2 minutes 52 seconds, and then back from the drive to the PC in 2 minutes 31 seconds – which makes sense as it’s quicker to read from that to write to. This equates to a write speed of 21.8MB/s and a read speed of 24.8MB/s.
The 716MB of images took 37.4 seconds to write to the drive and 25.9 seconds back to the hard disk. This equates to a write speed of 19.1MB/s and a read speed of 27.6MB/s. These speeds are, not surprisingly, considerably faster than we obtained from the Memorex mini-portable Compact Flash sized 8GB hard drive.
Seagate also supplies a disc containing various utilities. One is a DiscWizard – this installs a Windows Hotfix to enable Windows to recognise drives larger than 137GB if it isn’t already supported and also contains basic tools for running diagnostics on a drives or creating partitions.
BounceBack Express meanwhile is basic backup software, something that that all these types of drives tend to offer. You can schedule backups and it gives you an approximate estimation of the time it will take to do a back up to the drive of your choice – presumably the Seagate, and then displays a progress bar, while an advanced view tells you exactly how many files it has copied and how many it has to go. However, all it seems to do is copy files from one location to another – not really that helpful. If you want to use the drives for regular back-up, investing in your preferred backup software might be advisable.
The drives user guide is also present on the CD, but impressively a paper version is also supplied.
The Seagate then is a straightforward, elegant portable hard drive solution. One thing I felt it lacked though was some kind of security feature. If you need to transport sensitive data and you lose then drive then that information is at risk. Software aside though this is a great value drive especially at the low price if can be picked up for online.
Seagate 160GB Portable External Hard Drive is a smartly housed portable hard drive, with impressive capacity and a decent turn of speed, available at a very reasonable sum. The supplied software could be better, but that aside the Seagate hits the portable nail on the head.