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WD My Book 4TB Vs Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Vs LaCie Porsche Design P'9233 | Desktop Hard Disks Comparison
Western Digital My Book 4TB
WD My Book is an elegant desktop hard drive to store your photos, videos, games, music and a whole lot of files with massive 4 TB capacity. The main attractions of My Book are
- WD Smartware Pro Automatic backup software.
This software works in background to backup your data using minimal PC requirements. You can also choose between automatic or scheduled backup. Automatic backup continuously back up your data every time.
- Cloud Back up using Dropbox account.
Cloud back up need a Dropbox account. Security and privacy of files depend on your dropbox account.
- Acronis True Image WD Edition Software.
System level back up with Acronis True Image software ensures better security for all your files. It can back up entire hard drive or selected partitions, as you prefer. This software also help to delete confidential data forever (those which you don't need anymore).
- Works great with Windows 8.
Inbuilt Windows 8 app by WD makes it easier to work with Win 8. Your contents are automatically organized and displayed when you connect to Windows 8 computer.
- Fast USB 3.0.
The USB 3.0 interface is fast enough to transfer large files as well as small ones.
- The silent guardian.
The vents on chasis provide enough cooling for the driver unit and a cooling fan is not needed. Therefore the hard drive is pretty quiet. You will not hear a single sound when transferring files.
- Password protection with hardware encryption.
You can set up drive lock for security which uses hardware encryption to keep your files safe.
The drive is formatted for windows XP or later. You can reformat it to use with Mac. Has 2 year warranty.
Performance tests revel that it take 10 seconds to copy 1.2 GB folder. Has 145 Mbps write and 156 Mbps read speed.
It does lack a capacity indicator. You cannot know if the drive is full without connecting to the computer.
Final Verdict: WD My Book is a basic large capacity desktop drive. Those who want to store videos, games and everything you come across safely, this is the best one.
In the box, you ll get
- WD my book desktop HDD
- USB Cable
- AC adapter
- WD Smartware Pro software
- Quick Install Guide
Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB
Seagate Backup Plus is a one click easy to use storage facility.
- Seagate Mobile Backup
The Seagate Mobile Backup App enables you to back up any data from your IOS or Android smart phones directly through WiFi or through cloud storage.
- Save and Share feature
Save and share feature lets you stores your photos and videos from social networking sites. You can also share your photos with a single click.
- Seagate Dashboard protect function
With Seagate dashboard, you can back up data in two ways: continuous back up or scheduled back up.
Seagate Backup Plus has a pre-loaded NTFS file system. So you don't have to reformat every time you connect to Mac or PC. A big advantage for those who uses both.
Performance tests reveled that it took 8 seconds to copy 1.2 GB folder. It has a maximum write speed of 161 Mbps and 176 Mbps read speed. Its is faster than WD My Book. Has 2 year warranty.
The only con is it lacks security. Unlike WD My Studio there is no hardware encryption to the data you store.
Final Verdict: Ideal for those who want to store all the videos and pictures they download and for those who likes to share every thing on social networks. Safety is not as top notch as WD My Book.
In the box, you ll get
- Seagate Backup Plus desktop HDD
- USB Cable
- Quick Start Guide
LaCie Porsche Design P'9233
This beautiful desktop hard drive is known for its design and speed. The USB 3.0 interface allows you to transfer data up to 5GBps. Well performance test results showed that it took only 6 seconds to copy 1.2 GB folder. The design is elegant and features Porsche. Also the drive is well protected from external wear and tear with a 5mm solid aluminium casing around the driver unit. It is specially designed for Mac. To use with windows, one must reformat it. The Time Machine compatibility allows you to backup every thing easily anywhere anytime. Automatic back up function eliminates the head ache of losing data accidentally. You can password protect your precious content with Lacie's built in software. 10GB of Wuala Online Storage is included for one year to securely store and share your data online. Another notable feature is the automatic ECO mode which saves energy up to 77%. Compatible with Win XP or later and Mac OS 10.5 or later.
The only con is that it's a bit costlier than the other two.
Final verdict: For those who give prime importance to design and protection against wear and tear and those who does not bother about the money, LaCie Porsche is waiting.
In the box, you ll find
- LaCie Porsche Design P’9233 Desktop Drive
- USB 3.0 cable
- AC adapter
- Quick install guide
- Complete software suite: LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant, Eco Mode, Wuala.