My Passport Pro vs Seagate Backup fast!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gazing, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. gazing macrumors member

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

    Passport Pro:

    Backup Fast seagate:

    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!!
  2. Hieveryone, Apr 19, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2014

    Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    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.
  3. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    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.
  4. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    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.
  5. gazing thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2014
  6. samanthas macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    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.
  7. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    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
  8. gazing thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2014
    Don't think it works with the new backup plus fast though ...
  9. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Bear in mind that the Seagate requires two USB ports, one for data and the other for extra power...
  10. gazing thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2014
  11. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  12. gazing thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2014
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm happy with my passport. I'd recommend that.
  14. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    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...
  15. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    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:
  16. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    This is what I use, a 1tb 840 evo in a usb3 enclosure.

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