Seagate Backup Plus..I like it!
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Seagate Backup Plus..I like it!

I needed a portable backup drive for my new MacBook Air and since I already own a Seagate Go-FlexDesk drive it only made sense for me to look to Seagate for a portable backup solution.

The Seagate Backup Plus is the successor to the venerable GoFlex line and looked to be the logical choice for my Air. While I could have got a silver one to match my MacBook Air I chose a contrast..I could have also chosen red or blue. I selected the 1TB model…it is also available in 750Gb and 500Gb capacity.

  My drive fits in the palm of my hand and weighs almost nothing..200 grams (7 oz.) It isn’t much thicker than a standard pencil and comes with a USB 3 cable for its versatile USM (Universal Storage Module) adapter..Firewire and Thunderbolt cables are optional. The Seagate Backup Plus is plug and play on Windows and Mac. Once you plug the drive into a PC, you see a updated version of Seagate’s Dashboard program. The new Dashboard couldn’t be simpler. Its clean interface presents three options: Protect, Share, and Save. The Protect category allows you to back-up manually or automatically, as well as create customized back-up plans. The Dashboard’s has a social aspect in the Save category, where files uploaded to a Facebook or Flickr account are either manually or automatically stored in a folder within the Backup Plus. It’s an cool and simple way to store all your pictures or videos on a single location. The Dashboard’s Share feature is somewhat less impressive, as it simply allows you to upload files from your Backup Plus directly to your Facebook account.

The Backup Plus comes formatted for NTFS but can be reformatted for Macs. You lose the “Protect” feature of the dashboard..not a big deal because you can use Time Machne. The rest of the features work fine on OS X This drive is fast as stink..I tested in on USB 2 and USB 3 on my Windows PC and the USB 3 transfer was almost three times as fact as a USB 2 transfer and it was just as impressive on my MacBook Air’s USB 3 port.

The Seagate Backup sets the standard for portable drives. It is small, lightweight and stylish yet fast and flexible with a solid software suite. If you need portable backup this is the drive for you. Available everywhere computer accessories are sold the price is $139.99(1TB), $129.99(750GB) and $119.99(500GB)..a little shopping around could save you as much as $20.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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