Seagate Seven 500gb hard drive review


Portable drives have made it so much easier to carry and transfer large data files with you everywhere you go, being that most are about the size of your wallet. With Seagate’s newest and thinnest hard drive ever, it’s nearly the thickness of an elite credit card. Being only 7mm, the Seagate Seven 500gb portable drive has captured interest around the world, with those wondering if it operates nearly as good as it looks. Plus it is under $100 bucks!

Being a proponent of portable drive technology, you will never find me without one of my portable drives, even though my primary laptop holds a whopping 1TB drive. On the other hand my 2-in-1 work laptop has only a 128gb solid state drive, making a portable hard drive a near requirement. I have always been a Western Digital fanatic probably due to accommodations that I used to receive from an old job, and have kind of just stuck with it, making this my first real experience with a Seagate drive (that wasn’t already pre-installed in a PC). With both my WD drive and Seagate Seven being 500gb, portable, USB 3.0, and not needing power. I decided to do a speed test, and verify the physical differences between the 2. It’s clear, based on my two pictures below, that the Seagate 7 is MUCH thinner than both my Samsung laptop and the other portable hard drive.

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In the next photo you can see that the height/length of the Seagate Seven is slightly larger, under an inch, but definitely makes up for it with the width. It’s also easy to see how easily scratched a plastic covered hard drive gets compared to the stainless steel frame of the Seagate Seven.


The only issue with it (as seen in the photo above) is that in less than a week my fingerprints and oils from my hands have made it kind of dirty which disappoints me. This is a common problem with stainless steel appliances, and a plastic or screen protector type product could make a huge difference in the cleanliness of the product. But the stainless steel also makes a notable difference in weight in comparison to my other drive.

Next I did a speed test. I created 3 short clips for my wife and made copies of them. I plugged each drive into my 2 x USB 3.0 inputs on my laptop and wanted to see how fast they transferred when copying the same file. I copied the 3 files, and cut them overlapping a folder for each one. I dragged the original copy to my regular drive first, then within half a second pasted the copied files into the Seagate Seven folder. I was surprised to find that the difference in speeds was so HUGE, I couldn’t even screenshot it fast enough with both transfer speeds. The Seagate Seven transferred the files in nearly DOUBLE the time (249 MBs). I also transferred roughly 40 GB of data after in under 15 minutes to the Seagate Seven, which was definitely a bit faster than I am used to.  Untitled picture

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this product and highly recommend it to anyone who has huge files that they use on a regular basis. Although it is a little bigger, and weighs more, it feels smaller because of how thin it is, and still weighs less than my Note 4. I can deal with its few flaws to get the speeds and quality of product that the Seagate Seven seems to deliver.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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The Seagate Seven is available only in a 500GB capacity, which is priced at roughly $100. A 3-year warranty is included.

Seagate Seven Specifications:

Model Number: STDZ500400
Capacity: 500GB
Interface: USB 3.0
Length: 122.5mm
Width: 82mm
Height: 7.00mm
Typical Weight: 178g
Warranty: 3-years
Design and build

The Seagate Seven is a very slick looking drive. It looks as though like the LaCie team, who are known for their premium builds and are now a part of Seagate, had a heavy hand in its design. The enclosure itself is comprised of extremely thin, 100% stainless steel, which protects the single-platter 5mm hard drive inside. Due to this steel-based build, it is relatively heavy for its size but is also very rigid.

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