DISK STORAGE GIANT Seagate launched a line of storage devices today that will back up users' digital content both locally and from social media web sites called Backup Plus, which replaces its current Goflex line-up.
The California company said its refreshed selection of hard drives will work on both Apple and Windows devices and come in portable and desktop hard drive forms in a range of sizes. According to Seagate, they are the first ever to provide users with backup for content on social networks such as Facebook and Flickr.
The idea behind the rebranded hard drives is that they will store local duplicate copies of photos from social networks in the same way files are backed up on the computer, in order "to protect, share and save nearly every aspect of one's digital life".
Seagate said it launched the product due to the idea that people put off backing up their data "until it's to late" and that "social media has become a massive repository for personal digital content, and most consumers have not likely considered the possibility of losing access to those shared [files]".
The new hard drives feature Seagate's "Dashboard" software, which will offer a single click path to Save (download) and Share (upload) personal photos and videos on social media web sites.
Backup Plus drives will be available from today in capacities of 500GB for £69.90 and 1TB for £94.90 for 2.5in portable drives. There is also a 750GB edition but Seagate has yet to announce a price for this. The portable hard drives will come in the colour options of red, blue, silver and black.
Larger desktop hard drive models will also be available at some point in July in sizes of 1TB for £84.90, 2TB for £104.90 and 3TB for £134.90. µ