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Published on August 15th, 2012 | by Kira


Seagate: Back That Baby Up

In this dig­i­tal world all our im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion, pic­tures, and doc­u­ments are rarely in hard copy. We keep ev­ery­thing on our com­put­ers or over the in­ter­net. But heav­en for­bid, what would hap­pen if your com­put­er crashed or Face­book was no longer with us? Some­times, it seems as if the world would end for many peo­ple if Face­book ceased to ex­ist. So, what do we do? CDs and DVDs have proven to not be very re­li­able af­ter a few years. The best an­swer is hard drives, and for me, as a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher were my life is big dig­i­tal files, many large hard drives.

While no hard drive is per­fect, and I am a strong be­liev­er of back­ing up twice with two sep­a­rate hard drives, there are a lot of good hard drives to choose from. Most re­cent­ly, we’ve been test­ing the Sea­gate Back­up Plus 1TB USB 3.0. This sleek-look­ing pock­et sized hard drive cer­tain­ly has its bonus­es. For the lay us­er one ter­abyte of space is a good size. As a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, since it is eas­i­ly portable and can hold thou­sands of high res­o­lu­tion im­ages, it is per­fect to take as a back­up on my shoots. The Sea­gate Back­up Plus works on ei­ther a Mac or a PC with­out any ad­di­tion­al re­for­mat­ting, how­ev­er, if you want it to work on both you do need to re­for­mat it.

The Sea­gate Back­up Plus works like any hard drive. You can drag and drop to your hearts con­tent, but it al­so has a Dash­board that you can use to han­dle your back­ups or up­loads. The Dash­board is very in­tu­itive. You can set it to do au­to­mat­ic back­ups when­ev­er you like. You can up­load im­ages or video di­rect­ly to Flickr, Face­book, or Youtube; I have nev­er seen a hard drive with this fea­ture. You can al­so down­load di­rect­ly from your Face­book and Flickr, which is great be­cause I nev­er think to back­up pic­tures from so­cial me­dia and have lost some be­cause of this.

The Sea­gate Back­up Plus is al­so pret­ty fast. It comes with the USB 3.0, but can use Firewire and USB 2.0 with oth­er adapters. If us­ing USB 3.0 when trans­fer­ring be­tween your com­put­er and hard drive, you can ex­pect speeds of 1GB in 15 sec­onds, which is pret­ty fast! We’ve seen plen­ty of oth­er Sea­gate drives- some aimed at pro­vid­ing up to 4TB of back­up spaceoth­ers that are meant as a cen­ter­piece of a home me­dia cen­ter- but this new line is a sweet spot of price and ca­pac­i­ty and al­so a new de­sign that is less prone to fin­geprints and scrac­thes.

For $99, the Sea­gate Back­up Plus is in the av­er­age price range for 1TB portable hard drives, mak­ing it worth the pur­chase.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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