This week Seagate announced a new line of products dubbed Backup Plus, which is designed to make it easier than ever… rather, make it so that you have no excuses NOT to be backing up. The “no excuses” backup doctrine is one we have been preaching for years here at Icrontic, even as our support forum filled with “help, I’ve lost my data” and “how do I recover my hard drive” requests.
Backup Plus drives are both Mac and PC compatible, with a new feature that hasn’t yet been seen in a hardware backup product: backup of your photos and videos that are on Facebook and Flickr as well as data stored on your computer.
From their press release:
According to a recent survey commissioned by Seagate and conducted online by Harris Interactive from May 22-24, 2012, more than half (54%) of U.S. adults personally have and/or know someone who has lost files. Over one-quarter (27%) of U.S. adults personally have lost files and found that it was upsetting for them. While almost all (97%) of those surveyed were identified as computer owners; only 11% have a continuous backup plan and only 10% have a daily backup plan
Even though we’ve known that many people still don’t have solid backups, even after they’ve lost data, it’s chilling to see it there in black and white. June is Backup Awareness month, so that’s as good a time as any to launch a new backup drive line, I suppose.
Seagate Backup Plus drives are now available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB for portables and 1TB to 4TB for the Backup Plus Desk drives. They also come in cool colors: red, blue, silver, and black for the portables. The price range is $119.99 to $139.99 for the portables and $129.99 to $249.99 for the desktop drives. They’re available from Amazon, Best Buy, and others.
Besides the new ability to back up Facebook and Flickr data, the goal of the new Seagate Dashboard software is to make it as painless, mindless, and easy as possible to backup. Think “something my parents could do”.
Seagate is running a Facebook contest to promote the new drives, if you’re so inclined.