This is my 3rd Seagate external HDD and of all the three this one looks the best with woven fabric design and is very light to hold. Coming to HDD performance there is no doubt Seagate is one of the best and it stays strong to its reputation.
I purchased 2 TB Backup plus Ultra Touch and got available storage of 1.81 TB. You can start using the HDD right of the box but to avail all the benefits and features it provides, you need to run the start_here_run application and follow the steps. Install Toolkit to manage the HDD and also register the product on Seagate website. Additional benefits will be redeemed automatically following steps from start_here_run application using your Serial Number of the HDD. Advice: Copy and keep the contents of the HDD somewhere in your PC when you connect your drive for the first time (including the hidden Seagate folder Which you can see in my photo as it contains serial no. information and helps in auto detect HDD on Seagate Website) . Will go once you format them. Copy them back.
My Initial setting-up: *Comes with ex-FAT file format system out of the box which I do not recommend as its more susceptible to data corruption when errors occur or the drive is not disconnected properly from the computer over NTFS file format system. So I formatted HDD to NTFS file format system. NTFS is native to Windows so if you have MAC device i recommend you to install Paragon Driver from Seagate site for smooth operation between MAC OS and Windows. *HDD Supports 256-bit AES hardware encryption and I encrypted the drive right at the start as you can see in the photo attached. Note: 1) It will take hours on windows 7 to encrypt the drive as it encrypts the free space also, it is a normal process so do not panic. You wont have to wait this long on Windows 8 and above OS. 2) During Encryption process Drive will be shown as full (I have attached a photo) so do not worry. Once process is complete it will show the actual available disk space.
Additional Benefits include(explaining in simple terms): *2 year Rescue Data recovery services subscription: Seagate recovers the data from your HDD in case your drive fails. *2 months The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan subscitio: Yet to redeem it but The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan includes the Lightroom photo service so you can easily edit, organise, store and share your photos from anywhere. *1 Year Mylio Subscription: Lets you organize photos and files. Note: 1 year free Kaspersky Antivirus subscription is mentioned in the product description but i did not find it anywhere.
Overall, This one of the best product available in the market. Go for it without any doubt.