Seagate Announces Backup Plus Hard Drives

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I realize 2.5" form factor makes for easier storage and transporting, but also makes for shorter life and higher temps than most green-friendly 3.5" drives.
 

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I think someone messed up on the 2.5" drive prices. What's the point of buying 500GB drive when the 1TB is $60 cheaper? If that's the case maybe I should get two before they figure it out.
 

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Guys, the 2.5" 500GB one? You might want to check the pricing. Also, personally, I see no need for a 2.5" backup drive. In my case, my backup drive sits on top of my desktop, out of site and out of mind, and I simply plug it in and run a backup once a week. I don't care about the fact that it's 3.5" and not as portable as it could be. (I've taken it to friends' houses before, and it's portable enough anyway.)
 

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Wouldn't a 3.5" drive also have a somewhat higher read/write speed ?
Is for the size of a backup drive... 2,5...3,5 or even 5.25 don't matter much. Speed and especially Reliability are important to me.
I have a suspicion that a larger drive would have a lower failure rate.
 

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Freggo: Smaller drives can theoretically have higher speeds. If you think about a disk, the center spins much more slowly than the edge. Therefore, a smaller drive has less of a speed difference between the center and the edge, meaning you can go higher and not worry about creating insane turbulences.
 

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the small 2.5 drives would be good for laptop backup drives, thats the kind of portability they have. a 3.5 for a laptop would be bulky... but thats just my thinking.
 

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[citation][nom]zoobiewa[/nom]Freggo: Smaller drives can theoretically have higher speeds. If you think about a disk, the center spins much more slowly than the edge. Therefore, a smaller drive has less of a speed difference between the center and the edge, meaning you can go higher and not worry about creating insane turbulences.[/citation]

That's what I what I meant. a larger disk at the same RPM will still have more data passing under the read/write head (on the outer portion of the drive).
As for turbulence, I don't think that would be a problem; besides, they could always create a vacuum or at least low pressure environment inside the drive to take care of that.

 
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