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Pros: Inexpensive, small, separate power. Works OK with Mac IF you turn off "Put hard disks to sleep when possible"
Cons: Mac & Seagate "idle/sleep" don't get along smoothly in some configurations, resulting in the Mac losing sight of the disk.
Other Thoughts: I adjusted the Mac's Energy Saver settings and haven't had any more trouble with the Seagate vanishing. Backups are happening as expected and I sleep better at night.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive, small, separately powered
Cons: Mac OSX Time Machine backup software loses sight of the drive occasionally and says "Backup Failed." I've been rebooting when this occurs, but will check whether an unmount / disconnect / reconnect will fix it. Since I use encrypted filesystems, this makes me Very Nervous.
Other Thoughts: The case has very sharp edges -- it looks good, but doesn't have a good tactile feel (I disconnect it and lock it up every night). It also has a glossy finish that is terrible for fingerprints.
However, my main concern is that I have very low tolerance for any strangeness in my backup devices. This Seagate replaced a WD Elements external drive that had gotten full (and the WD replaced another one like it. If I could have gotten another WD, I would have.)
So far, the Seagate seems to be holding data, but it's not giving me the warm fuzzy feeling I'd like.
Pros: I use small WiFi routers running OpenWRT as single-purpose servers: mail, web, VPN, etc. The N600 is adequately fast, plus has a good amount of Flash, so I can configure a fairly complex server. I'll run Apache and WordPress on my most-recent system (the WordPress database will live elsewhere)
Cons: It's a bit of a hassle to build and install a custom, single-service OpenWRT, and a moderate hassle to unbrick the router if you screw it up while getting things running Just Right. But it can be done, and it's worth it to have a no-moving-parts, low-power server that you can tuck in the corner and forget about.READ FULL REVIEW