Published on August 15th, 2012 | by Kira0
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 space, others 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.