Monday, December 24, 2012

Seagate Backup Plus Review

I’ve been a big fan of Seagate hard drives ever since. I prefer them over Western Digital, Hitachi or Samsung (before Seagate bought them). I already reviewed my personal 1TB Seagate Go Flex hard drive before and it’s still my main Time-Machine-esque backup of choice on Windows primarily because of my experience with Seagate drives - they’re tough and durable.

The new Seagate Backup Plus continues the tradition of swappable base adapters called USM or Universal Storage Module that lets you switch between USB 3.0, Firewire or Thunderbolt. It comes with USB 3.0 out of the box.

The Plus in these new models is that the software included is an improvement of the old Seagate Dashboard. I remembered that my first FreeAgent GoFlex included a Memeo Instant Backup but was only a 30-day trial. So far running the software hasn’t slowed down my machine, yet, which is typical from backup softwares.


The new Seagate Dashboard has an automatic backup feature that allows schedule or manual backups of any file location onto your Seagate portable drive.

There is also a feature to Backup continuously at specific time frames. If you want to back up monthly of hourly, it will automatically do it for you.

BackUp Plus now also allows backing up of your cloud files from Facebook, Flickr and Youtube. It would have been better if there was more supported web services such as Picasa, Vimeo, Blogger, etc, but an average person most likely would have lots of data stored on these 3 websites.

I have no complaints of these drives since I have had a positive experience overall with Seagate and my GoFlex. The price is also not that bad. 500GB retails for about 3,500 and the 1TB is P4,500. Don’t forget to backup, I’m going to do just that on this holiday week as my annual machine maintenance.

Thanks to Seagate Philippines for providing this review unit.

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