SSD backup drives for 2015 iMac

Newbie67

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What is the best iMac SSD backup that you folks can recommend? Are there any that can both backup my Mac on time machine and also serve as a wifi drive for others to use?

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smarterbits

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In general, I've had good experience at a previous job with the Samsung T5 series (they are also the Wirecutter recommendation).

WD has some SSD Drives with its own Wi-Fi you can connect to and access remotely. However you have to use a web interface or app to access the files, which I don't find ideal. Also from the documentation, it seems that when the drive is connected to a computer by cable, the Wi-Fi module is turned off.

Another option is to connect to your iMac remotely from your other devices and access the SSD drive that way. Any external drive can be used for both Time Machine backups and general file storage as long as you have space ;)

Without more details on the use-case you're envisioning, it's hard to make a specific recommendation.
 
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macduke

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I also love my Samsung T5s because they’re so portable. But they are on the pricier side and aren’t the fastest external SSDs, but still plenty fast for my Lightroom catalog with 42MP RAW files. I’m thinking about buying an enclosure at some point to go with my new iMac that can house blade SSDs, which have really come down in price.

The thing about SSDs is they’re way more reliable than HDDs so it’s more about the features, speed and price. As long as it’s a major brand and has decent reviews it’s unlikely to fail, though there are different tiers of how many read/write cycles a drive is rated for, so if you’re going to do a lot of back and forth moving of a lot of data, you might consider that.
 
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Newbie67

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In general, I've had good experience at a previous job with the Samsung T5 series (they are also the Wirecutter recommendation).

WD has some SSD Drives with its own Wi-Fi you can connect to and access remotely. However you have to use a web interface or app to access the files, which I don't find ideal. Also from the documentation, it seems that when the drive is connected to a computer by cable, the Wi-Fi module is turned off.

Another option is to connect to your iMac remotely from your other devices and access the SSD drive that way. Any external drive can be used for both Time Machine backups and general file storage as long as you have space ;)

Without more details on the use-case you're envisioning, it's hard to make a specific recommendation.
Very helpful thank you, Use case is routine backup for primary computer and secondary backups of family devices. Cheers