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Seagate Backup Plus vs WD My Passport: Which Hard Drive is Better?

There are so many photos, videos, documents, music and movies we have stored on computers, smartphones, tablets, even USBs. Not only is it hard to find exactly what you’re looking for, but your devices also start to run slower and not at their top-performing capabilities. One of the ideal solutions is a portable external hard drive. One centralized location to store all of your important documents and memories.

We are going to look at two hard drives from well-known brands, the Seagate Backup Plus vs WD My Passport We will consider all of their features such as design, capacity and software. You will be able to find a side-by-side chart for a quick view of the features and some pros and cons of both, before our final decision on the best buy.

Seagate Backup Plus vs WD My Passport: Which Hard Drive is Better?

 

There really are only a couple of similarities between the Seagate Backup Plus and the WD My Passport, so we will begin here.

Seagate Backup Plus vs WD My Passport – Similarities

Plug and Play

The Seagate Backup Plus and the WD My Passport are out of the box ready. It is just a case of plugging them into your device to start transferring files. They both have a very fine LED light strip that indicates the hard drives are connected.

Automatic Backup

A smart feature with both the Seagate Backup Plus and the WD My Passport is the automatic backup. You can set the time and day/frequency for backups and as long as the hard drive is connected to your device, it will automatically backup your files.

Storage Capacities

Both hard drives have the same storage capacities. Available sizes are: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 5 TB

Side by Side Comparison

Let’s recap the specifications in the following comparison chart.

 

Seagate Backup Plus

WD My Passport

Image Seagate Backup Plus WD My Passport Portable External Hard Drive
Size (based on 4TB) 4.51 x 3.07 x 0.81 inches 4.33 x 3.21 x 0.85 inches
Weight (based on 4TB) 8.6 ounces 8.64 ounces
Color Options Black, blue, red, silver Black, blue, yellow, orange, white, red
Available Storage Capacities 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 5TB 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB
Compatibility Windows and Mac Windows, Mac (with reformatting), and TV
Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Plug and Play Yes Yes
Automatic backups Yes Yes
Maximum Transfer Speeds 120MB/s Not Stated
Security Not stated 256-bit AES hardware encryption
What’s Included 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, quick start guide, Seagate backup software, Mac driver, 2 months access to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. USB 3.0 cable, WD Discovery software, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities, quick install guide
Warranty 2 year limited 3 year limited (worldwide)
Price

There are plenty of features that set the Seagate Backup Plus and the WD My Passport apart, so we will go over these now.

Differences Between Seagate Backup Plus and WD My Passport

Appearance

To compare the size and weight of the hard drives we used the 4TB. In terms of size, there isn’t much of a difference, but the design is.

WD My Passport Size

 

Seagate Backup Plus

This hard drive measures 4.51 x 3.07 x 0.81 inches and it weighs 8.6 ounces. The hard drive has a smooth design and comes in black, blue, red, and silver.

WD My Passport

It’s a fraction smaller as 4.22 x 3.21 x 0.85 inches and 8.64 ounces. The design makes it easy to spot as WD, with a combination of diagonal grooves and flat surfaces. This comes in black, blue, yellow, orange, white and red.

The Winner Is- The WD My Passport

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Interface

Part of the incredibly sleek design is the simple interface.

Seagate Backup Plus comparison

Seagate Backup Plus

There is a USB 3.0 port to connect with devices.

WD My Passport

As well as the USB 3.0, there is also a USB 2.0 port.

The Winner Is- The WD My Passport

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Transfer Speeds

Transfer speeds will vary depending on things like bandwidth, which could be why one company doesn’t advertise transfer speed rates.

WD My Passport

Seagate Backup Plus

You can expect transfer speeds of around 120 MB/s.

WD My Passport

There is no information on the transfer speeds.

The Winner Is- The Seagate Backup Plus

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Security

In today’s world, protecting our files has become a much bigger concern.

My Passport Portable External Hard Drive Review

Seagate Backup Plus

There is no product information on security.

WD My Passport

Data is secure with 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

What’s Included

The box contains everything you need to start transferring files straight away plus some useful software.

Seagate Backup Plus review

The Seagate Backup Plus

You will find an 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, Seagate backup software, Mac driver, 2 months access to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and a quick start guide.

The WD My Passport

There is a USB 3.0 cable, WD Discovery software for sharing to social media, WD Security, WD Drive utilities and a quick install guide.

The Winner Is- The WD My Passport

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Pros and Cons

It’s a close call, so the decision may come down to the pros and cons of these two external hard drives.

Seagate Backup Plus

Pros:

  • It is great for storing PS4 games
  • It’s durable with a nice aluminum case
  • Anything over the 1TB is better value for money

Cons:

  • The software is not up to standards

WD My Passport

  • Read and write speeds were impressive
  • Compatible with PS4 and Xbox
  • Has a rubber grip on the bottom, helps keep it on your surfaces

Cons:

  • It’s not always the best option for Mac

Final Verdict

After taking a closer look at the two external hard drives, the winner became more obvious. Both are nice and compact, and you have a good range of colors. The storage capacity will depend on what you need but it is true that the Seagate Backup Plus is generally cheaper.

In this case, cheaper is not always better. The software with the Seagate Backup Plus was seriously lacking and even the automatic backup had its issues. On the other hand, the WD My Passport had a better range of software that was also more superior—the security being another advantage. The longer warranty offers more peace of mind and so all in all, the WD My Passport was the better hard drive.


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