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Guide on Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed

A Seagate external hard drive's suitability for uses necessitating swiffer data transfers, such as video editing and gaming, can be gauged by knowing the drive's transfer rate. Let's follow this guide and learn how to run Seagate external hard drive transfer speed efficiently.

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Updated by Tracy King on Jul 20, 2023

The time it takes to move files to and from a Seagate external hard drive is directly proportional to its transfer speed. When moving large files or data, faster transfer speeds can be a huge time saver and productivity booster. A Seagate external hard drive's suitability for uses necessitating swiffer data transfers, such as video editing and gaming, can be gauged by knowing the drive's transfer rate.

Finally, being aware of the Seagate external hard drive's transfer rate might alert customers problems with their setup that can be remedied by upgrading components like a sluggish or antiquated interface. Let's discuss Seagate external hard drive transfer speed in detail.

⏱️Duration: 3-5 minutes of reading
🎯Goal: Assist users in finding Seagate external hard drive transfer speed fast and efficiently.
✅Preparation: Connect Seagate external hard drive to PC via its original USB connection cable.
🧰Tools:
  • Seagate external hard drive
  • USB connection cable
  • Windows PC
  • Seagate external hard drive transfer speed test tools: 1️⃣ Disk Speed Test Software [Easier for Beginners]; 2️⃣CMD 

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How to Check My Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed?

Here are efficient methods that help to check Seagate's external hard drive transfer speed. Here we are about to recommend 2 reliable tools for you to check and test your Seagate external hard drive transfer speed. Let's go through it. 

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EaseUS Disk Speed Test Software:

  • ✔️Free to use, for beginners
  • ✔️Export and save the test report
  • ✔️Fast to test disk read/write speed, health, and S.M.A.R.T data
  • ✔️Provides features for optimizing disk performance
  • ✔️Compatible with all Windows systems
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CMD:

  • ✔️Free to use
  • ✔️Doesn't require software installation
  • ✔️Accessible for all Windows users
  • ❌Bit complex for beginners
 

So how should you select the tool? Here is my personal advice:

#1. Test Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed with Disk Speed Test Software

  • 🚩Complexity: Easy
  • ⏱️Duration: 3-5 minutes
  • ✔️Tools: Seagate external hard drive, USB connection cable, Windows PC, EaseUS Partition Master
  • 👩🏼‍💻Who to Use It: Windows beginners, professionals, Seagate device resellers, etc.

EaseUS Partition Master is a software tool designed to help users manage their hard drive partitions. It allows users to create, delete, resize, move, and merge partitions without losing data. Additionally, it comes with a feature called DiskMark that will enable users to measure the performance and the data transfer speed (reading/writing) of their hard drives.

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The DiskMark feature in EaseUS Partition Master can help users measure the transfer speed of their Seagate external hard drives, which is useful for the reasons mentioned earlier. This information lets users make informed decisions about managing their data, including which files to transfer and when.

Guide Steps to Test Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. And click the download button to activate the "DiskMark" feature under the "Discovery" section.

click the download button of diskmark

Step 2. Click on the drop-down box to choose the target drive, test data, and block size.

select a drive

Step 3. Once everything is configured, click "Start" to begin the disk test. Then, you can see the Sequential or Random read/write speed, I/O, and Delay data.

click start

EaseUS Partition Master, with DiskMark feature, is a useful tool for Seagate external hard drive users. It can also help users measure transfer speed, manage partitions, and optimize their storage capacity. If you feel like this utility, or it did successfully help you find the actual transfer speed in your Seagate external hard drive, share this method online to help more friends around you:

 

#2. Test Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed via CMD

  • 🚩Complexity: Medium
  • ⏱️Duration: 5-8 minutes
  • ✔️Tools: Seagate external hard drive, USB connection cable, Windows PC, CMD command
  • 👩🏼‍💻Who to Use It: advanced Windows users, professionals

You may rapidly inspect the drive's performance on Windows via the command prompt without installing additional software. Some applications can give you more specifics, but if you want to know if your hard disc is slowing down your computer, this should do the trick.

Step 1. Log in to the command prompt by pressing Windows + S keys, type cmd, and right-click to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

Step 2. Fill in the commands: winsat disk -drive c and hit Enter. (Replace C: with the actual drive letter of your Seagate external hard drive)

Seagate speed test result in CMD

From the above image, you'll be able to check and view the disk transfer speed through Disk Random Read, Disk Sequential Read, and Disk Sequential Write, Average Read Time with Sequential Writes, etc., data.

How Fast Should a Seagate External Hard Drive Be?

After you get the actual transfer speed data of your Seagate external hard drive, you can them compare the test result with the avarage Seagate external disk speed and then learn if you need to optimize or improve the disk speed.

The transfer speed of Seagate external hard drives can vary depending on the model and the technology used. Here's a comparison table of some Seagate external hard drives with 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities and their advertised transfer speeds:

The following table shows the maximum theoretical transfer speeds for some popular Seagate external hard drives based on their interface:

Model Interface Max Transfer Speed
Seagate Backup Plus Slim USB 3.0 Up to 120 MB/s
Seagate Backup Plus Portable USB 3.0 Up to 120 MB/s
Seagate Expansion Desktop USB 3.0 Up to 160 MB/s
Seagate Backup Plus Hub USB 3.0 Up to 160 MB/s
Seagate Backup Plus Fast USB 3.0 Up to 220 MB/s
Seagate Fast SSD USB 3.0 Up to 540 MB/s
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch USB 3.0 Up to 120 MB/s
Seagate One Touch SSD USB 3.0 Up to 400 MB/s
Seagate Backup Plus Flex USB 3.0 Up to 160 MB/s
Seagate One Touch HDD USB 3.0 Up to 140 MB/s

The transfer speed of a Seagate external hard drive can vary depending on the model and technology used. Generally, it is around 100 MB/s to 150 MB/s for USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connections, but some Seagate external drives can have even faster transfer speeds of up to 250 MB/s or more.

For Your Information: 

1️⃣ It is worth noting that these transfer speeds are the advertised maximum speeds, and actual transfer speeds may vary depending on various factors, such as the hardware and software configuration of the computer, the file size and type, and the cable quality.

2️⃣ It doesn't matter if your Seagate external disk transfer speed is below the average. Follow the tips provided in the next part, and you'll be able to improve the device's performance.

Factors That Affect Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed and Tips to Improve

To get the best performance, using a high-quality cable and avoiding extension cords or other accessories that may degrade the signal is recommended. Here are some factors that affect Seagate external hard dive's transfer speed, and some tips you may also like to improve the disk speed:

Factors Slows Down Seagate External Disk Tips to Improve Seagate External Hard Disk Transfer Speed

✔️Insufficient space - Seagate external hard drives with low space can slow transfer speeds.

✔️File size - The file size of a Seagate external hard drive can impact its transfer speed.

✔️Interface type - A Seagate external hard drive's interface type can significantly impact its transfer speed.

✔️Virus or malware - Virus and malware can affect the transfer speed of a Seagate external hard drive.

✔️Drive Type - The device type of external hard drive connected to a Seagate external hard drive can impact its transfer speed.

  1. ✅Connect to the correct interface - USB 2.0 to 2.0, 3.0 to 3.0, etc.
  2. ✅Set the correct file system format - NTFS or exFAT.
  3. ✅Compress super large files before transfer.
  4. ✅Clear junk files on the drive, free up sufficient space

Learn Also: If you need a further detailed here on improving the Seagate external hard drive once you've confirmed the disk is slower than its average speed, follow this guide for help:
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Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed how to Seagate external hard drive transfer speed. EaseUS Partition Master is a more efficient and reliable solution for testing the disk transfer speed.

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Moreover, this software includes some bonus features that help to improve and optimize disk performance, such as changing cluster size and 4k alignment. Furthermore, EaseUS Partition Master can help users manage the partitions on their Seagate external hard drives, which can help organize data and maximize storage capacity. Users can create partitions for different data types, such as photos, music, and documents, and quickly move files between partitions.

FAQs Of Seagate External Hard Drive Transfer Speed Test

Read these answers to avoid confusion. 

1. What is the transfer speed of a Seagate 2TB HDD?

The transfer speed of a Seagate 2TB HDD can vary depending on the specific model and the interface it uses. However, many Seagate 2TB HDDs support USB 3.0 or higher interfaces, providing transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps. It's important to note that the actual transfer speed may vary depending on other factors such as the computer's hardware, the cables' quality, and the file size and type being transferred.

2. What is the average speed of Seagate external hard drives?

  • The average transfer speed for external hard drives is between 100-150 MB/s for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces.
  • Most Seagate external hard drives have transfer speeds within this range, with the Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Portable having advertised transfer speeds of up to 120 MB/s.

The actual transfer speed of an external hard drive can vary depending on the hardware and software configuration of the computer, the file size and type, and the cable quality.

3. Why is my Seagate external hard drive so slow?

a Seagate external hard drive might run slow due to insufficient power, file fragmentation, drive capacity, outdated or corrupt drivers, malware or viruses, interface limitations, or mechanical issues. It's important to identify the root cause of the problem to fix it and improve the drive's performance.

4. How do I improve my external SSD transfer speed?

There are several ways to improve the transfer speed of an external SSD, such as using a USB 3.0 or 3.1 port instead of a USB 2.0 port, using a high-quality cable, updating drivers, using a different file system, avoiding using the SSD for other tasks while transferring files, disabling antivirus software during transfer, and enabling TRIM. TRIM helps maintain the performance of the SSD by clearing unused data blocks.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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