It's a safe bet that using Thunderbolt or FireWire 800 will give users a remarkable boost in performance. I've reviewed Thunderbolt drives before, and full backups were markedly faster.
Overall, I found myself really liking this little backup drive. Its automated features are pretty advanced for such a small, single-drive device.
I was particularly impressed with the ability to set up specific backup times not just for data snapshots and full backups, but also being able to choose specific folders to back up regularly --such as photos or contacts.
I also like the size of this drive. It fits nicely into your jean pocket.
There were a few problems along the way. Seagate should do a little work on its setup, and users should make sure they get a secure fit with the adapter.
That being said, I'd recommend this drive for several reasons. Notwithstanding the speed of the initial backup -- it's always going to be slow unless you're using FireWire or Thunderbolt -- this drive works like a pro, backing up any new data and creating a full backup from that data. It's easy to use and it offers several interfaces through the use of adapters.
The price is right too. A 500GB model retails for $119.99, a 750GB model is $129.99 and a 1TB model, like the one I tested, retails for $139.99. The desktop version is available in 1TB ($129.99), 2TB ($159.99), 3TB ($179.99) and 4TB ($249.99) models.
Seagate knows hard drives, and it has done a nice job making an easy-to-use portable helpmate with this one.
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