I will be going starting college next year and I will get the new version of rMBP when it comes out this summer (hopefully). I know it's a great machine but I still want to be sure that I will not lose my data for some strange reason and end up having to recreate all my papers/assignments from scratch. Therefore, I want to get a good external drive for regularly backing up my files. I have searched this forum but I haven't found any recent threads about this. I don't think I would like spending over $200 for my back up device, so Time Capsule is not an option. Plus, I won't be allowed to bring my own router to college, so it has to be wired. I was thinking of getting either Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 for a better speed. Also, would SSD be noticeably faster than a regular hard drive? I was also thinking of getting either 1 TB or 2 TB so that I could partition it and store some files in addition to Time Machine back ups. I assume that's possible. Still, I'd like it to be secure in case it gets in the wrong hands. Can I somehow secure both back up and other partitions (either password protection or filevault)? Does filevault have to be enabled on the computer as well? If so, does it make it significantly slower? Finally, I don't what the external hard drive to be ugly, like those orange rugged ones I've seen. So, what are my best options for backing up (and possibly also partitioning)? Is SSD out of the question? Would a regular hard drive be significantly slower for backups? Would USB 3.0 be just as good as thunderbolt? Please share your opinions and experience.