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Seagate Announces New Backup Plus Portable and Desktop Storage Devices

By Kenny Yeo - on 3 Jul 2012, 3:37pm

Seagate Announces New Backup Plus Portable and Desktop Storage Devices

The new drives boasts enhanced features and comes in a sleek form factor with four colors to choose from - black, white, red and blue.

Earlier today, Seagate officially launched their new Backup Plus external storage solutions in Singapore. The new drives, dubbed as the world’s first external storage drives to provide backup for content on social networks, replaces the older GoFlex series of drives.

Key to these new drives’ abilities is the revamped Seagate Dashboard application. Developed from ground up, the new application makes it easy for users to backup content from Facebook and Flickr. These two social media services are presently the only ones supported now, but Seagate plans to include more services in updates later. The Seagate Dashboard application will also backup data from your local hard drive as well.

Apart from performing backups, the Seagate Dashboard application can also be used to share photos from the drive itself on Facebook and Flickr.

The reworked Seagate Dashboard application is integral to the new Backup Plus drives. This new application is also backwards compatible with older Seagate external hard drives.

Other features of these new drives includes cross-platform compatibility, meaning it will work seamlessly on both PC and Macs - thanks to a specially pre-loaded NTFS driver for Macs. The new drives will also feature Seagate’s USM interface, which gives users the option to change the interface of the drives. The drives will ship with USB 3.0 as default and users will have the option to purchase additional adapters for FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt.

A closer look at the portable variants of the new Backup Plus hard drives reveals a smooth, brushed aluminum finish that we find very attractive.

Finally the new Backup Plus drives will come in both portable and desktop variants and are available now. The portable Backup Plus drives will come in 500GB (S$119) and 1TB (S$169) capacities and will be available in four colors - black, white, red and blue. The desktop drives will come in 2TB (S$199) and 3TB (S$269) capacities and will be available in only black.