Seagate Unveils Social Media-Oriented Backup Plus Portable HDDs (UPDATED)
Seagate has 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.
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.
Finally the new Backup Plus drives will come in both portable and desktop variants and are available now. No word yet on local availability and pricing, but given the island nation's proximity, it shouldn't be too long before they arrive here. The portable Backup Plus drives will come in 500GB (S$119, or PhP 3,933) and 1TB (S$169, or PhP 5,586) capacities and will be available in four colors - black, white, red and blue. The desktop drives will come in 2TB (S$199, or PhP 6,578) and 3TB (S$269, or PhP 8,891) capacities and will be available in only black.
UPDATE: Seagate has informed us that the Backup Plus drives are also currently available in the Philippines, in red, blue, silver and black, with the following prices: PhP 4,100 for 500GB and PhP 5,495 for the 1TB version. The 2TB and 3TB drives are not yet going to be released here for now.