A month later, Seagate has stuffed that hard drive into an external enclosure, and is calling it the Backup Plus Portable 5TB. The drive itself features 1TB platters, spins at 5400RPM and there is 128MB of cache onboard. For external duties, the Backup Plus Portable 5TB includes a metal enclosure that is available in either red, silver, black or blue. The external drive is USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compliant, and can connect with your notebook and function without the need for auxiliary power.
The Backup Plus Portable 5TB supports both PCs and Macs, and Mac users can even install Seagate’s NTFS driver to maintain compatibility between computers running Windows and macOS. And in case you were wondering, the Backup Plus Portable 5TB comes equipped with a USB-A connector (like just about every other external storage device on the market). That means that those of you that have purchased a new MacBook Pro (2016) will have to use an adapter to get up and running. And considering that Apple doesn’t include any adapters in the box, you’re on your own.
Considering its “world’s first” title, you can expect to pay a hefty premium for 5TB of mobile storage. Seagate currently lists the suggested retail drive of the Backup Plus Portable 5TB at $190. For comparison, the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB has an MSRP of $130 and can be found online for around $120.