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Backup drives will work with Windows computers as well

Seagate today announced two the Backup Plus for Mac and the Backup Plus Desktop for Mac external storage solutions. Now that Apple has finally jumped on the USB 3.0 bandwagon, Seagate has simply rebranded its existing Backup Plus range for Mac duty although there doesn’t appear to be much difference between the Mac and PC version of the products other than how they are formatted.

Both of the storage products are Time Machine compatible and feature Seagate Backup Plus software allowing users to back up various types of content, including content from social networks like Facebook. That means images or video uploaded to Facebook can be backed up locally so you won't lose memories in the event of an accidental deletion or computer crash.

 
The Seagate Backup Plus Portable drives are available in 500 GB ($109.99) and 1 TB ($129.99) capacities. The Backup Plus Desktop drives come in 2 TB and 3TB capacities for $129.99 and $179.99 respectively.
 
The Backup Plus for Mac is currently available for purchase on Amazon and will be available in Apple Stores in November.

Source: Seagate



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What's the point?
By Argon18 on 10/22/2012 1:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Mac's have had Firewire 800 for a decade, delivering nearly triple the real-world transfer speeds of USB2. Now they have Thunderbolt, again, way way faster than anything that comes standard on PC's. Why even bother with this USB tinkertoy stuff?




RE: What's the point?
By Drizzt321 on 10/22/2012 2:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
A) It's fairly cheap to implement and make, both on the computer and device side
B) Backwards compatibility
C) Good enough for the majority (maybe even vast majority) of consumers

The extra speed in Thunderbolt vs USB3 come into play really when talking about external displays (e.g. DisplayPort which many machines/laptops have now), external multi-drive arrays, or top end SSDs where you actually can shove data in/out fast enough to saturate the native SSD speed.


RE: What's the point?
By Apone on 10/22/2012 2:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Why even bother with this USB tinkertoy stuff?


Because USB is easier to implement in that it's royalty-free and doesn't involve nearly as much licensing costs and legal drama to use (hence the term "UNIVERSAL" part in the USB name). I remember a few years back Sony and Apple had a legal battle over who invented FireWire and Sony had their fancy-pants name (i.Link) and Apple claimed they originally invented it blah, blah, blah.

Bottom line, USB is cheaper, backwards compatible, has been and will continue to be mass-adopted by the computing industry.



RE: What's the point?
By Samus on 10/23/2012 1:20:54 AM , Rating: 2
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Why even bother with this USB tinkertoy stuff?


Because Thunderbolt is an impractical interface to use for just data transfer. Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt offer more bandwidth than any HDD (and most SSD's) have.

Thunderbolt is more appropriate for an external GPU, display, or other high-bandwidth PCIe interface that would benifit from being external.

"tinkertoy stuff?" Really? USB is the most standard interface on the planet outside of a NEMA 5-15P power plug and the RJ45 connector!


RE: What's the point?
By retrospooty on 10/22/2012 2:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
"Mac's have had Firewire 800 for a decade, delivering nearly triple the real-world transfer speeds of USB2."

Money... FW is a dead end, What ESATA didnt already obsolete, USB3 did... USB3 is far faster than any hard drive, so there is no benefit to using an expensive dead end interface. T-bolt is overkill for HDD transfers, again, HDD isnt fast compared to USB3 much less t-bolt so there is no point using anything but the cheaper more common interface. Apple should take a page from that book.


RE: What's the point?
By retrospooty on 10/22/2012 2:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
"Mac's have had Firewire 800 for a decade, delivering nearly triple the real-world transfer speeds of USB2."

Money... FW is a dead end, What ESATA didnt already obsolete, USB3 did... USB3 is far faster than any hard drive, so there is no benefit to using an expensive dead end interface. T-bolt is overkill for HDD transfers, again, HDD isnt fast compared to USB3 much less t-bolt so there is no point using anything but the cheaper more common interface. Apple should take a page from that book.


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