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Seagate has released two new USB 3.0 external backup disks – the 1 or 2TB Backup Plus Slim, and the 4TB Backup Plus FAST.

The Slim weights 150g, is 12.1mm thick and comes in Blue, Red, Silver, and Black. Price for the 1TB is $119 and 2TB is $189.

Seagate’s new Backup Plus FAST takes full advantage of USB 3.0 speeds, RAID 0 striping over two drives and a 4TB capacity to deliver twice the backup speed and capacity of its previous product.

Using RAID 0 – commonly called striping - is a brilliant move as it splits data evenly across two (or more) drives and increases performance. Add this to USB 3.0 interface and a throughput of 220Mbps and this is one FAST drive! This justifies the price – AU$409.

The metal case measures 117 x 83 x 22mm thick and weights 307g. It comes with a USB ‘Y’ connector to allow two USB ports to provide power should you be using a USB 2.0 connection.

Backup is more than just about the drive.

While you can just use either drive as a USB external backup, Seagate’s free Dashboard software has been updated. It is designed to use either a Windows, or Mac host computer.

In addition to scheduled and automatic backups, it can also backup social networks, cloud storage and - via your home network Wi-Fi or cloud (Google Drive or DropBox) - your mobile device. Currently apps are available for iOS 6 or Android 3.2 (or higher). It will work on a Windows RT device as external storage.

“Mobile devices account for the largest amount of captured video and photos today,” said Chris Chute, research director for IDC’s Worldwide Digital Imaging Practice. “Seven out of every ten pictures captured in 2013 were taken with a smartphone. As a greater portion of our memories are captured by the handheld devices, it becomes increasingly more important that these files be backed up either to a cloud service or locally.”

Everyone should own an external backup device – Seagate’s products have an excellent reputation for innovation and reliability.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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