The Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB [STEL6000200] is a reliable 6TB desktop external USB hard drive for Mac and Windows system. The Backup Plus Hub with dual front panels and high-speed USB 3.0 ports makes it easy to charge mobile devices and transfer files from cameras, USB dongles, and even charge your USB game controllers. With Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB and Seagate Toolkit software, easy one-click backups and automatic daily, weekly, or monthly backups are possible.
- Capacity: 6 TB
- Style: cube
- Black colour
- Interface: USB 3.0
- Max. data transfer rate: 160 MB / s
- Built-in USB hub
- Includes: Backup Plus Hub, 18-inch (45.72 cm) USB 3.0 cable, 18W power adapter, Quick Start Guide, Seagate backup software, Mac drivers
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 98.1 x 41 x 118mm
The 6 TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub includes an optional USB 3.0 hub. Thanks to support for various platforms, exceptional reliability and speed, the user will be able to create any backups.
Not only does the Backup Plus Hub offer reliable storage, it can also quickly charge mobile devices using the built-in USB ports.
The 6TB version of this drive has not been tested by professional reviewers, but the 8TB version has performed very well on standard tests in numerous professional reviews, often well above the 160MB maximum speed indicated by Seagate. When used in practice, the speeds were more variable.
One of the buyers tested a 6TB drive via USB 3.0 and found out that the write speed reaches 110 MB / s, and the read speed is 160 MB / s, which is in line with the manufacturer’s specs.
According to the manufacturer’s website, the only difference between this version of Windows and the version of the Backup Plus Hub series for Mac is the initial formatting of the drives and the appearance of the enclosures. Formatting can be easily changed at home, so you can buy any version of the disc and use it with any operating system.
SMR technology is the main reason why external hard drive prices have dropped
The difference from a similar 3.5” disk and the main reason why a disk in a container is cheaper is the use of SMR, instead of the more expensive PMR technology.
Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) on the hard disk stacks the tracks on top of each other, similar to roof tiles. This improves the recording density. The number of tracks per inch (TPI) increases. Perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), which is used in most modern discs, places data on parallel tracks. Increasing TPI by reducing track spacing thanks to SMR technology opens up huge scope for hard drive capacity growth. The final product physically looks and behaves like a regular PMR hard drive, but has a lot of storage capacity.
Additional device features: Backup and charging.
With two built-in front USB ports, you can back up files, photos and videos and charge your tablet, smartphone or camera at the same time, even when the system is off or in standby mode.
Easy PC backup
Your device makes it easy to back up all your personal files, photos, and videos from your PC using Seagate data backup software.
Windows and Mac® support
Backup Plus drives are easy to use between Windows PCs and Mac computers one at a time without reformatting. To use a Mac computer, you need to install the NTFS drivers and you can get started.
Easy backup with Seagate software
Backup Plus Hub helps you protect your important files and memories with one click. To schedule automatic backups, simply use the included Seagate software.
Among the main advantages of the external hard drive Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB [STEL6000200], buyers noted its cost, which is significantly lower than that of analogues. Many users have noted the reliability of the disk and its ability to work 24/7 as storage. Other advantages described by customers: the presence of two USB connectors, compact size, fixity of the external device on almost any surface.
On the downside, some users found the drive to be noisy and slow. According to one of the buyers review, when connected to USB 3.0 Seagate STEL6000200, the write speed averages 20 Mb / s, while the competitor’s disk gives out 110 Mb / s. Someone who left a review noted the rather high operating temperatures, especially with a long working time. One of the users who bought a disc for editing and recording video in real time complained that such material does not always have time to load, however, in general, he noted that the disc can be used for video recording.
One of the buyers noticed a strange thing: a similar drive from Seagate without a USB container costs more than extrenal drive in container. Below is an explanation of why this happened.
Poor Seagate warranty
Reviewed by US customer on December 29, 2017 [Verified Purchase]
Style: Hub for Mac
I know that sometimes it is possible to get a bad experience with any purchase, but the way Seagate customer support handled this issue disappointed me. Seagate claims to provide a 2-year warranty, but let me share with you my experience with a defective drive that is covered by support / warranty … Product was purchased about 90 days ago but has not been used for several weeks; and there was little use after that (like a Time Machine backup for a couple of laptops). Then after about 2 months of use, it died. I tried to find another adapter to make sure the problem was not adapter related, but could not find the unique adapter that came with this device (Seagate Power Supply: 12V 3A, outside 5.5mm inside – 2.5mm) … So I contacted customer service about this and they asked me to buy one to test their drive. Yes, they didn’t want to send me a replacement adapter to test their product, but offered to buy it. So after this interaction with customer support, I decided to return the entire device to receive the promised warranty service. It was then that I was informed that they only warrant the product and DO NOT cover return shipping for replacement. And by the way, their warranty replacement unit will be refurbished, not new … another surprise in the warranty service. Today I shipped the drive to Seagate and my wallet just got another $ 20 lighter … Hurray. Therefore, based on experience with the device (60 days with low use) and Seagate support / warranty, I must give this product ZERO!
Negative feedback from a US customer who received a defective drive and was disappointed with Seagate customer support
There are pros and cons
Reviewed by US customer on October 10, 2016
Disk model capacity: 6TB
Review update: December 2018
Update, December 2018
I’ve been using this for 21 months to back up my MacBook Pro hourly with Time Machine. No problems at all, still works (and sounds, thumpety thump) like it has from the start.
The Backup Plus Hub series appears to consist of SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) drives. We know the 8 TB version is SMR because another reviewer (Pacific coast) opened it up (voiding his warranty) and found a Seagate Archive drive, which is SMR. I asked Seagate if the 6 TB version I got is an SMR drive, and they said “Unfortunately, we do not have this information available.” Ha ha! Their reticence is understandable, the more common PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) technology is generally preferred. The prices of these Backup Plus Hub drives are less than Seagate’s bare PMR drives of equal capacity, which also supports the idea that the Backup Plus Hub series is SMR.
SMR technology allows more physical bits of memory in the same space without decreasing the size of the bits.
Advantages of SMR
— Fast burst sequential writes are possible due to higher density and allied technology.
— Larger drive capacities in same-size enclosures.
— Cheaper to produce in large capacities.
Disadvantages of SMR
— Slower random writes. SMR drives use large write heads relative to the width of the tracks of bits, so writing one track affects the next tracks of bits too. This limits SMR drives to sequential writing, where the next tracks don’t matter. To do random writes (such as changes to data on the drive already), data must be arranged sequentially in cache, by the drive in this case, and entire sections of the drive must be rewritten sequentially. Some of this can be hidden by the use of large cache on the drive, believed to be 20 GB or more on Seagate SMR drives. Data can be written quickly to cache and then rewritten more slowly to another part of the drive.
— Highly variable sequential write speeds, due to the particular ways the drive manages where to put data.
Read speeds aren’t affected as much.
The consensus about SMR drives is that they’re well suited to backup use, which is reflected in the name of this series of drives. They probably aren’t as suitable to use as a main drive to run a computer from, and are generally *not* recommended for RAID configurations (which wouldn’t be likely uses for a single external drive anyway).
The 6 TB version of this drive hasn’t been tested by professional reviewers, but the 8 TB version has tested very well in standard benchmarks in numerous professional reviews, often well over the 160 MBs maximum rate claimed by Seagate. It’s been more variable in practical use. I’m unable to test it myself with a USB 3.0 connection, but one professional reviewer who did got an average of 72 MB/s for a write of a little under 90 GB of files. That’s a little over 20 minutes. (A customer review here–Pacific coast again–gets a similar 75 MB/s.)
[Update December 2018: Someone asked for speed test now that it’s two years old, and since I have a USB 3.0 connection for it now, I was able to test it at full speed. For 20GB of photos from my MacBook Pro it took right about 3 minutes, or 110MB/s write speed. To copy them back took just over 2 minutes, about the rated 160MB/s read speed. I’ve only used 450GB of the 6TB capacity, so it’s not congested yet.]
Differences between Windows and Mac versions
According to Seagate, the only differences between this Windows version and the Mac version of the Backup Plus Hub series are the initial formatting of the drives and the cosmetics of the cases. The formatting can easily be changed at home, so buy whichever drive you please for either OS.
— Windows 7 or later
— Mac OS 10.7 or later
— for Mobile Backup app: iOS 8 or higher, Android 3.0 or higher
— Doesn’t run too hot. I’ve seen measured temps of 100 and 113 degrees inside, which is fine for a hard drive.
— A little noisy when operating, not any worse than most computers.
— No fan, has passive cooling through vents on the bottom.
— Includes USB 3 (or 2) cable, type A to micro-B.
— 2-year warranty.
A thorough review of the drive from a US buyer