Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Seagate shows backup drive for Facebook and Flickr

Meet the 'uncloud'

Article comments

PC backup has ploughed the same dull field for two decades but now Seagate thinks it has come up something genuinely new – a way of directly backing up content from online services such as Facebook and Flickr.

The new Backup Plus drives ship with an application that plugs into the two online services, automatically backing up in compressed form any photographs posted there to the Seagate drive. It could be described as a sort of ‘uncloud’.

The drive also handles the upload of content to these services (also for YouTube) as well as allowing conventional scheduled or continuous local file backup to the drive itself.

Eschewing the option to integrate with better-known cloud services such as Dropbox, Seagate rounds off the backup options with 4GB of online storage through its own service.

This is understandable but perhaps a shame; computers users are being offered numerous backup and synchronisation services right now and being able to choose a preferred one sounds like the future.

Physically, the Backup Plus models all use the same separation of drive and interface Seagate has pioneered for some time although the new drives ship with USB 3.0 as standard (interfaces for FireWire, eSATA and Thunderbolt are also available at additional cost).

Capacities for the portable drives range from 500GB, 750GB with 1TB to 2TB, 3TB for the desktop units that will ship from next month. Mac users get Paragon NTFS for Mac which allows the drives to connect to an Apple machine without having to resort to FAT32.

“The idea of providing a backup of photos and videos from Facebook is an interesting one, which I believe may help people come to realize the importance of maintaining multiple copies of any digital asset regardless of where it is stored,” argued Seagate’s Brett Sappington.

UK prices start at £69.90 for the 500GB unit, £94.90 for 1TB; the Backup Plus Desk drives will cost £84.90 (1TB), £104.90 (2TB), and £134.90 (3TB) respectively.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *