USB backup drive prices

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USB drive descriptionprice
Seagate usb3.0 external drive price External USB3 hard drive, Toshiba, Seagate or WD, 1Tb $74
Seagate usb3.0 external drive price External USB3 hard drive, Seagate or WD, 3Tb $120
Seagate usb3.0 external drive price External USB3 hard drive, WD WDBBGB0080HBK 8Tb $350
toshiba usb3 external backup drive price External USB 3.0 Solid State drive
shock resistant, 120Gb Toshiba SSD
$55
toshiba usb3 external backup drive price External USB 3.0 Solid State drive
shock resistant, 240Gb Toshiba SSD
$90
toshiba usb3 external backup drive price External USB 3.0 Solid State drive
shock resistant, 500Gb Toshiba SSD
$130

updated 21 Feb 2020

This list is a stock price reference for on-site services provided by Manly Electronics, such as on-site computer repairs or data recovery. These products are available when you call Manly Electronics for data recovery service. Prices show the cost of parts and materials GST inclusive. Products are not for sale without the service.

Where are Thunderbolt backup drives?

Today USB3 data transfer protocol is suitable for both Mac and PCs; they have similar performance and other specs. New Mac laptops come with USB-C sockets only supporting both USB3 and Thunderbolt 3 data transfer protocols. Although to use a USB socket backup drive with Mac you will need to buy USB-C to USB adapter online from Apple for $29 or buy the same third party one at the local IT shop for $3.

USB2 used to be slower than Thunderbolt 1 before 2013 or so. Today USB3 is the most common. Apple keeps Thunderbolt for backwards compatibility so that people could use the old backup drives and monitors with new Macs. The confusion is in the socket type, data transfer protocol they support and relevant cables and adapters. To get the best backup drive for earlier Mac lookup specifications for your Mac model. You still can find new Thunderbolt backup drives for sale, although because they are not compatible with PCs and more expensive, they are not best sellers.

What external drive is better to buy?

Performance-wise all mechanical drives are similar. SSDs are 5-10 times faster and have fewer chances to fail because of the vibrations.

All drives do fail, and it is just a matter of time. Unfortunately, exact statistics are hard to see. Data recovery services are flooded with popular WD and Seagates, but it does not mean they fail more. Update duplicates of business-critical data as often as you can and replace backup drives every two years. USB sticks are less reliable than hard drives or SSDs. Consider USB sticks as temporary storage to move data from one computer to the other.

Do not use backup drives or USB sticks for everyday work because they are 100s times slower and less reliable. Usual USB drives are sensitive to physical stress. A slight bump while USB drive working on the desk may destroy years of your data. If you do use it for work - get a Solid State Drive USB, they are not sensitive to vibrations and also from 5 times faster than usual USB hard drives.

There is a massive difference in USB sticks performance. Twice more expensive USB3 sticks maybe 10 times faster.