Quick Note: Seagate Unveils New SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Backup Drives for Macs
October 22, 2012 9:09 AM
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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.
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RE: What's the point?
10/23/2012 1:20:54 AM
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.
USB is the most standard interface on the planet outside of a NEMA 5-15P power plug and the RJ45 connector!
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