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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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re: What's the point
By mailman30 on 10/22/2012 2:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
definitely agree with Drizzt321, usb 3.0 has a maximum transfer rate of 625MB/sec, the only unit that could utilize that speed is a pair of fast ssd's in raid. Thunderbolt is great but very hard to come by at this time and will never be as widely available as usb. It would be nice to see companies offer it as an option though I know that would affect the price.

RE: re: What's the point
By Drizzt321 on 10/22/2012 2:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget cost. USB3 cables are much cheaper, under $3 a cable on monoprice. Thunderbolt cables are expensive, $50+ at this time.

The other thing I can see Thunderbolt being much better for is an external graphics card for a laptop. At your desk you can simply plug in a higher performance graphics card and still use your built-in display. As some others have pointed out, Thunderbolt is basically a higher speed, external PCI-Express bus. Better than Expresscard as it's a cable, and faster than PCIe x1 which I believe is only what Expresscard can offer.

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