Seagate Backup Plus Hub Review – Hard Drive with Built in USB 3.0 Hub !

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0:02 – Introduction
1:18 – Hardware overview
1:56 – Charging a phone without a computer plugged in
2:38 – Plugging the drive into a Raspberry Pi
3:04 – Drive noise levels
3:34 – Plugging in additional drives to the USB hub
4:45 – Blackmagic disk speed test benchmark
5:26 – Conclusion and final thoughts

Drive performance is great and the hub is a nice convenience to have integrated into the hardware. Great for backups and large file archiving.

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EposVox says:

This is actually really neat.

Vince Baker says:

I have seen you use Disk Speed Test by Black Magic Design on
your show many times. I was wondering if it is a free app for PC’s if so do you
have a link where I could download it from.

Furrane says:

This is cool ! And the price seems really cool, last time I bought an internal HDD it was 80€ for 2T !

TuxKey says:

The raspberry looks good probably missed the vid review regarding performance

HuntingMachine says:

So I have a question…

Can I use this just to store massive files of 4k and 1080p videos/films and tv series on? Nothing else, just video files. It confused me when it says “Backup Hub”, So it is just like a normal external hard drive where you can store anything you want. Is it reliable and what are the chances files could get corrupted or the HD breaks?

Joshua Pace says:

Hi- great video, just curious- when plugging in the drive to the computer (power already connected earlier) did you notice a chirping sound as it spun up for about 1-2 seconds? Thanks!


did you keep software on it or blank the drive before using it?

Brian Armstrong says:

How do you open the 8TB Hub case? I need to remove the hard drive to put in a 4-bay drive enclosure. Thank you.

Ruffus101 says:

Is this a SMR drive ?

Adi ology says:

Does the seagate backup software allow for the backup hub drive to be backed up onto a external drive connected to it via its powered hub ports?

Carlos Aguayo says:

great review, thanks!

Frederick Malouf says:

If it was a real hub, then it would power and connect any device to be seen by the computer, but I plug in a Wacom tablet and a portable scanner and neither are connecting to the machine. So what is the point? It is not a real hub, but a charge point. Why can I use an unpowered 4-to-1 hub3 hub into my computer and it powered both devices.

Also, I rang Seagate and they said they said the ports are 500mA, which is USB2, not 3. They said to plug into a different computer to test. Appalling advice from a company at this scale.

So, LON, did you test it with other devices, or just inept stupidity of just plugging in other drives?


11wallace11 says:

Hi Lon,
I didn’t see you mention anything about the specs of the ports at the front, are they USB2 or USB3? It’d be interesting to see if the SSD you connected through the hub can operate at its full speed.
Thanks as always!

saysbadman says:

I’m guessing the front hub transfers at usb 2.0 speeds? I saw where the drive itself was like 175mbs, but i dont know about the front hub. Pretty interesting product from seagate!

Professor Mike AmericanuckRadio says:

Shit man!!! Free 8tb hard drive? that’s awesome!!!

knoxieman says:

Brilliant review, thanks very much 🙂

elterrible00esb says:

Can you back up your IIgs on this?

gonigeena says:

Seagate hard drives are more likely to fail. Don’t risk it

Brandon Freeman says:

Hello Ion
I’m a new subscriber to your you tube channel. I really like you show!!! I have a question can the Nvidia shield pro play media off of the Seagate backup  plus hub 8TB?

goo doc says:

Hey Lon! I was wondering, now that you have had this hard drive for a month. How is it performing? have you come into any issues?

Steve Roles says:

Hi Lon. Great review, as usual! I’m not showing on your list of supporters. I believe it’s $10 a month. Not fussed about the credit, just wanna make sure you’re still receiving it. Best regards, Steve

christian crow says:

love all the videos you make ,

stan_sprinkle says:

Lon, what backup software do you use for your PC’s?

Bruce Levick says:

Can you connect this to the back of a mycloud NAS drive using the front usb port (usb to usb)? So the seagate drive would be connected to the computer using the backside connection but able to be seen on the mycloud NAS device to backup using the usb port in the front?

Nikki Sato says:

Can I use the an external hard drive and hook it up through the usb port? will this device back up the external hard drive too?

BenMJay says:

8 gig for $249? You sure that’s right?

Blackman Hulk says:

Can you use this for your laptop?

Yuri Timg says:

i am looking for a hd media player that can read the 8th seagate that you reviewed.
i usually use my hard rive to watch movie files on my tv.
it seems that you are using something called raspberry pi with kodi installed.
1-can i use this to play all my movie files?
2-does it support x265,4k format, 3d movies and FLAC?
3- is this an android box.
4- if raspberry is not the best system to use, can you please recommend one that i can use to play my movie videos, (relatively affordable)

i would greatly appreciate your help

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