Seagate intros Replica slimline backup box
Time Capsule, with wires
Data backups can be a painful process, so Seagate’s designed a storage gadget that’ll backup everything from your photos and emails to your browser’s bookmarks in, it claims, just three easy steps.
Seagate's Replica: just three steps to backup heaven
Replica only requires you to hook its USB 2.0 cable into your PC and accept the software licence’s terms before an entire backup of your PC can be performed.
It then stores copies of all your files in the same structure that they’re organised in on your PC, so finding those all-important pictures should be pretty simple if your hard drive goes tits up. Just drag and drop your chosen selection to get them back onto your PC’s HDD or SSD.
The vertical stand only comes with the multi-backup option
The firm’s designed two Replica models: a 250GB unit for single PC backups and a 500GB unit for multiple PCs. Both spin at 5400rpm and measure roughly 142 x 101 x 18mm, but only Windows XP or Vista users need apply.
USB 2.0 connection and 5400rpm spin speed
Seagate said Replica will be available next month, priced at $200 (£137/€151) for the multiple unit and $130 (£89/€98) for the single-PC model. UK dates or prices haven’t been discovered. ®
500gb multi-unit backup?
So what happens when your file server has 2TB of space? I'm guessing the 250GB single unit backup is for office computers.
I hope this does compression on the fly, otherwise 250GB isn't going to go far...
A Bit Expensive!
"Seagate said Replica will be available next month, priced at $200 (£137/€151) for the multiple unit" [500GB]
A quick browse around Maplin, and I can see 500GB external drives (including Seagate's) for around £60 - £90.
If the extra cost of this new drive is just to let it "store copies of all your files in the same structure that they’re organised in on your PC", is it really so hard to learn to use XCOPY ?