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Upgrade to Windows 8 safely with Seagate Backup Plus
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Upgrade to Windows 8 safely with Seagate Backup Plus

Windows 8 is almost certainly in your future it you are a fan of Windows PCs. You will be attracted by the dirt cheap upgrades Microsoft is offering or you will buy a new computer with Windows 8 installed. Either way a Seagate Backup Plus external hard drive is an essential investment to go along with your shiny new operation system.

Whichever way you are moving to Windows 8 you absolutely want to keep all your important files. I don’t want to scare you with horror stories but all kinds of things can go wrong with an operating system upgrade so you will want to have a reliable backup of your key files..That is where Seagate comes in with its line of Backup Plus Drives. In this case I am using the 3TB version of the  Backup Plus Desktop Drive.

If you have avoided backup drives in the past because you thought the whole process was just too complicated welcome to the Plus part of Seagate Backup Plus drives..it couldn’t get any simpler..plug in the drive and install the Seagate Dashboard backup software…once it is installed just go to the Protect menu and click the Protect Now  icon and the backup of all your important files is now underway..no complicated backup sets to design..just click one button and your data is protected.

If you upgraded you probably chose to do a clean install in order to start off fresh with your new operating system. So, you are in the same situation as if you had just bought a new computer with Windows 8 installed..you want to bring your important files into this new system.. Just start up the Seagate Dashboard and click Restore and your backed up files will be automatically restored. You can back up selected files or the entire backup.

Once everything is set up on your new system you can set up your computer to use  Windows  8 File History  which is backup application that continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on your Seagate Backup Plus. However, now that you have  a reliable backup drive I prefer a more robust backup system – True Image 2013 by Acronis at $49.99 is powerful, simple to use and produces reliable backups and even clones of your hard drive.

However, you are not finished with the Dashboard because your Seagate Backup Plus is social media aware. 

The Dashboard’scoolest feature is 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. Post snapshots to your Facebook wall from your smartphone, they will show up in your Backup Plus. It’s an innovative and simple method to store all your pictures or videos on a single location and it works the same for Flickr and for Videos on YouTube. The share button while helpful is not quite so cool..all it does is let you post pictures and videos directly to Facebook, Flickr or YouTube.

 

The Backup Plus comes formatted for NTFS but can be reformatted for Macs. You will lose the “Protect” feature of the Dashboard, as it’s not Mac-compatible. Unfortunate, but not a huge deal because you can perform the same task via Time Machine. Mac users can still use the rest of the Backup Plus’s  features.

 The Seagate Backup Plus is so simple to set up and use and is reasonably priced so there is no excuse not to back up your important files. To make life even easier the Seagate Backup Plus comes with a 1 year free subscription to the Seagate Cloud Storage Service Powered by Nero. It comes with with 4 gigabytes of free storage. You can easily increase the amount of available storage, and extend your subscription beyond the initial year.

I have been using Seagate backup drives for years and can vouch for their reliability. The 3 Terabyte Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive I tested sells for $179..a 1 Tb version is $129. Portable versions start at $109 for a 500Gb version topping out at $129 for a 1 Tb model. Look for them anywhere computer accessories are sold.

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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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