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IT WOULDN'T BE CES if at least one storage vendor didn't announce some sort of "world's first" hard disk drive (HDD). American data storage company Seagate didn't disappoint when it announced the second generation of its Backup Plus line, which it also claims is "the world's thinnest" 2TB external HDD.
Measuring 12.1mm thick, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim drive is powered by USB 3.0 and is designed to aggregate and back up valued photos, videos and other files spread across devices, social networks and personal computers.
The case has a metal top that's great for those who eat fish 'n chips with their hands, as Seagate said it will deter greasy smudge marks, scratches and fingerprints.
It also comes with the Dashboard backup software seen in the first generation Backup Plus drives, designed to back up content from your computer and adding the option to protect content from social networks such as Facebook and Flickr, in recognition that users increasingly have large volumes of content held online.
The second, much slimmer Backup Plus Slim generation adds a mobile backup application for protection of digital data residing on Android and iOS mobile devices.
"By simply installing the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device, one can easily back up all of the pictures and videos from that device to the drive or a cloud service," Seagate explained.
"While on a home network, content from mobile devices can be sent directly to the drive via a WiFi connection. Cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive can be used for backup while on the road."
However the Apple version will only back up the camera roll, whereas the option for Google's mobile operating system protects pictures, videos, contacts, messages and the call log.
Seagate launched its Backup Plus line of hard drives in June 2012, replacing its previous Goflex range. We were quite impressed by the performance of the drive when reviewing it, due to its easy to use dashboard interface and sleek appearance.
Available in red, blue, black and silver, the second generation of this high capacity portable hard disk drive comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.
The 500GB model will set you back £58.99, while the 1TB model is priced at £74.99 and the 2TB model costs £124.99.
Along with the slimline portable drive, Seagate also announced a slightly larger drive, the Backup Plus Fast, which offers 4TB capacity inside a metal housing for £223.
This option is larger than the Slim model as it's meant to be left at home rather than stuffed in a pocket. Seagate is touting it as the first 4TB portable drive with dual 2TB drives in RAID 0 and with data transfer speeds of 220 MB/s.
Both drives will be available in the UK from today. µ
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