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gazing

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Apr 10, 2014
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Hi everyone,
Ive decided between these two drives for backup + extra storage..

Passport Pro:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1240

Backup Fast seagate:
http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/extern...hard-drives/performance/backup-plus-fast-hdd/

So basically I need two drives one for backup and other for general storage for my needs(Music production, xcode)

But Id like to buy one nice big portable drive and partition it in half probs one for backup other for storage

So my questions are:

Which one is best !

Why?Is it more realiable

Also I can only afford 2tb version of passport pro

Thanks for help!!
 

Hieveryone

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Apr 11, 2014
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I would go with the passport. I have a WD Passport 1 TB and it's great. Fast, reliable, just works every time.

I've never owned a Seagate and have no plans of switching to their brand.
 
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g4cube

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Apr 22, 2003
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With performance similar and the fact that Seagate can be used with any USB 3.0 equipped computer, combined with a much lower price, an easy decision.

Too bad the WD didn't include a USB port.

The Seagate has no fan and is a bit more slim, too.

If you need the flexibility to go JBOD or RAID 1, the you'll need to go with WD.
 
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Commy1

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Feb 25, 2013
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I have the WD MyPassport Ultra 2TB, awesome portable drive. I'm so glad I got it

I imagine the Thunderbolt version would be equally good.
 
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samanthas

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Sep 21, 2005
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I had to return a seagate with USB 3.0 due to it interfering with the wifi. Meaning at times when I attached it the wifi would die completely. Just an fyi.
 
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Badrottie

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May 8, 2011
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I had to return a seagate with USB 3.0 due to it interfering with the wifi. Meaning at times when I attached it the wifi would die completely. Just an fyi.

I find it odd because I still have a Seagate GoFlex ultraportable with USB 3.0 no problem with wifi.
As for OP, Seagate has USB2, USB3, Firewire800, and Thunderbolt upgrade adaptors for GoFlex and Backup Plus external hard drives. No need to ditch hard drive for Thunderbolt from USB3.

See this link http://www.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/portable-hard-drives/standard/goflex/
 
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gazing

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Apr 10, 2014
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Don't think it works with the new backup plus fast though ...
 
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matreya

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Nov 14, 2009
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Bear in mind that the Seagate requires two USB ports, one for data and the other for extra power...
 
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matreya

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Nov 14, 2009
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Would your drive suffice for my needs? And what do you use it for?

Ideally with things like xcode and such, I would be thinking of a 1TB SSD in a USB3/thunderbolt enclosure...

I use mine primarily to transfer files from one site to another...
 
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Ifti

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Dec 14, 2010
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You do not need ThunderBolt for backup and storage use - USB3.0 is plenty fast enough - in fact the bottleneck would still be the speed of the drive inside.

ThunderBolt is suited to Video Editing and applications that need constant streams of data - since Thunderbolt sends data in a steady stream.

USB3.0 sends data in packets and is best suited to backing up, general storage, etc.

In your scenario there is absolutely no benefit to choosing ThunderBolt over USB3.0, therefore I would not recommend the PassPort Pro - no extra benefit but at a higher cost.

I do, in fact, like Passport Drives though, but for anything other then intensive editing work, so for backups and data storage etc, I would go for this:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1000
 
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