The 1TB Seagate Backup Slim Plus External Hard Drive is a well priced, tiny form factor HD, perfect as a standalone storage device or part of a long term backup system.
I picked up a 15″ Macbook Pro last December as an investment in my fledgeling photography career. But anyone else who has a latest gen Macbook knows, the solid state hard drives on them are pretty stingy when it comes to gigabytes. It takes a second to realize that the glory of a SSD is not for long term storage, but for fast read/write speeds for working on projects. It’s always necessary to employ an external archive system for any creative work, whether it be photography, video editing, or graphic design.While I’ll eventually employ a RAID 1 and cloud based storage if my workflow increases, for now, I needed an external hard drive to keep my SSD freed up for Lightroom and Photoshop to use as scratch memory. I had seen some buzz from the most recent electronic trade shows about Seagate’s newest lineup of passport sized external hard drive’s, and the newly updated 1TB Backup Plus Slim. Fast forward five minutes, an order on Amazon and boom goes the dynamite. I ordered the 1 TeraByte Backup Plus Slim (STDR1000101) but the non-Mac specific version. I also ordered another one in black for my girlfriend so she can fill it up with episodes of Downton Abbey, Hunger Games, and music. The brushed silver version I ordered myself coincidentally kind of matches my MacBook Pro. Gotta stay fabulous, nawh’mean?While their is an available Mac-ready version of this HD, which comes already pre-loaded to be compatible with Mac OS X, I knew I’d also be plugging this into my Windows-7 based desktop, PS4 for movies, and work laptop if I ever need to transfer data. Fortunately, Seagate provides software already on the HD that allows the NTSF partition to be both read and writable on Mac OS X. Read and write speeds are pretty fast. So fast that running editing photos in Lightroom that I intentionally stuck on the Backup Plus, rather than the SSD, yields very little difference in processing times. I can still preview and apply filters quickly, but would probably still defer to working off the SSD for the bulk of my workflow. However, streaming movies, shows, and photography seminars off the hard drive and onto my flatscreen is perfectly fine, which is another reason why I bought this. I’ll actually partition the drive into one for media and one for archived folders just to hedge my bets in corrupting the drive with any bad data. Safety first! But, in my opinion, one of the best things about Seagate’s Backup Plus Slim is the price at $69.99 (and usually on sale). At this price, for the speed and capacity, it actually makes sense to use it in a multiple drive backup system, for Time Machine backups and media storage. Dig it.