Seagate Technology has launched the second generation of its external storage lineup, the Backup Plus Slim. With a compact design and USB 3.0 interface, the storage solution enables users to aggregate and back up valued files, including photos, videos and other data, despite being spread across numerous devices, social networks and personal computers.
New for the Backup Plus family is the addition of a mobile backup application to provide protection for one’s digital data on nearly every device. By installing the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device, users can back up all of the pictures and videos from that device to the drive or a cloud service. While on a home network, content from mobile devices can be sent directly to the drive via a Wi-Fi connection. Cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive can be used for backup while on the road.
“Mobile devices account for the largest amount of captured video and photos today,” said Chris Chute, Research Director for IDC’s Worldwide Digital Imaging Practice. “Seven out of every ten pictures captured in 2013 were taken with a smartphone. As a greater portion of our memories are captured by the handheld devices, it becomes increasingly more important that these files be backed up either to a cloud service or locally.”
This new offering also includes the backup software, Seagate Dashboard, which provides a one-click backup solution, but can also be set as a scheduled backup up as needed. Additionally, the Dashboard software will back up Facebook and Flickr albums to ensure that even video and photos shared through these networks are backed up and easy to find. A Save and Share feature will download and upload content from these social media networks.
“Today, digital storage is important for everyone who uses a personal computer or a mobile device,” said Scott Horn, Vice President of Global Marketing, Seagate. “We are all creating content, whether that be photos from our last activity, video of a baby’s first steps or a proposal for your next project. All of these files hold a special place of importance and Seagate is in the business of providing products that can store those valuable files.”
Backup Plus external storage is available in a range of capacities. The USB 3.0-powered, 2TB drive fits a 12.1mm form factor. The metal-top case of these drives, available in red, blue, black and silver, is designed to resist scratches and fingerprints.