One can never have enough hard drive space – this is especially true for a Photographer who loves to go on ‘happy trigger’ frenzies. And to add fuel to the fire, camera manufacturers are releasing cameras with 50MP+ sensors. So I found myself on the market for more ‘digital’ space, and wa-la! Perfectly timed, there was a sale on for the Seagate Backup Plus Slim Special Edition and nabbed one.
Nowadays most, if not all, 2.5″ external hard drives more or less look the same – a rectanglar-shaped block enclosing a rectanglar-shaped hard drive.
This is a good thing in my opinion as I never liked the old Seagate designs with that weird curve on one side of the enclosure. If a Seagate employee is reading this article, please kill off those soap-like design WiFi external hard drives – they’re horrendously ugly!
From personal experience, out of the two giants – Western Digital and Seagate. Seagate drives tend to perform better in terms of transfer speeds. I cannot comment on which is better for reliability as I have not kept a drive long enough for it to ‘die naturally’.
This is where I found the Seagate gets most of the points from me. The enclosure feels solid and when handled, the enclosure does not ‘bend’ like what happens with the Western Digital ones.
You cannot go wrong with either Western Digital or Seagate. However, if they’re both the same price, my recommendation would be to go with the Seagate Backup Plus Slim.