Seagate Reinvents Backup For Your Digital Life

Jun 11, 2012

New Consumer Storage First to Offer Saving and Sharing of Facebook and Flickr Photo/Video Albums

CUPERTINO, CA -- Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced Backup Plus storage devices – its reinvented consumer storage product family that delivers the easiest set-up, one-click backup and the ability to save and share your content on Facebook and Flickr.

Seagate® Backup Plus hard drives are newly designed external storage that work interchangeably with both Windows® and Apple® computers, and deliver new features to protect, share and save nearly every aspect of digital life. These products come loaded with the new hassle-free Seagate Dashboard software for one-click local backup, making it easier than ever to eliminate excuses or apprehensions about backing up your most valuable digital content. Seagate Backup Plus products are the world’s first external hard drives to provide backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr. Storing a local duplicate copy of photos from social networks is now as easy as backing up files on your computer. Seagate Backup Plus will provide the peace of mind that every aspect of digital life is safe from loss.

Backing up data is an absolute necessity that many people put off until after it’s too late. According to a 2011 study by Parks Associates, less than one-quarter of the households in the survey have a weekly backup plan for their systems, and only 4% are diligent enough to manually perform a backup on a daily basis.1

“The idea of providing a backup of photos and videos from Facebook is an interesting one, which I believe may help people come to realise the importance of maintaining multiple copies of any digital asset regardless of where it is stored,” said Brett Sappington, director of research for Parks Associates. “Social media have become a massive repository for personal digital content, and most consumers have probably not considered the possibility of losing access to those shared memories.”

Seagate Backup Plus hard drives, featuring the new Seagate Dashboard backup software, remove the barriers to performing backup and content preservation by making it as easy as possible. With just a click of an icon, computer files are replicated onto a Backup Plus drive. The Seagate Dashboard included on Backup Plus also provides a single-click path to Save (download) and Share (upload) personal photos and videos on Facebook and Flickr.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Seagate and conducted online by Harris Interactive from May 22-24, 2012, more than half (54%) of US adults have personally and/or know someone who has lost files. Over one-quarter (27%) of US adults have lpersonally lost files and found that it was upsetting for them. While almost all (97%) of those surveyed were identified as computer owners; only 11% have a continuous backup plan and only 10% have a daily backup plan. 2

“Backing up needs to be an essential part of everyone’s digital life. Nearly everything that is dear to us is now in a digital format; from tax documents, to emails, to family photos and video, many of these files cannot be recreated in the event of an accidental loss or system failure,” said Scott Horn, vice president of Marketing at Seagate. “Seagate is in the business of keeping digital content and files protected in every aspect, whether it is in the cloud, stored on PC or with our external consumer products. Backup Plus is a product that eliminates the barriers to protecting these digital assets. The new Dashboard delivers a simple and complete backup experience, with the added benefit of saving photos and video stored on Facebook and other social networks.”

A Versatile Storage Device
In 2010, Seagate adopted the Universal Storage Module (USM®) standard, which enables consumers to easily add the newest Mac® and PC connection capabilities to their Seagate storage product, even if these technologies are introduced later. To add yet another level of versatility, Seagate has introduced a way to have the company’s external storage products work cross-platform with both Mac® and Windows® operating systems without reformatting.

Seagate Backup Plus Storage
Available immediately from Amazon, BestBuy and other retailers, including Seagate.com, Seagate Backup Plus drives will initially be available in capacities of 500 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB capacities for portable drives, and 1 TB to 4 TB for Backup Plus Desk drives.

This new family of external storage will be available in red, blue, silver and black for the portable 2.5-inch form factor, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail prices at launch are: 500 GB, $119.99; 750 GB, $129.99 and 1 TB, $139.99. The Backup Plus Desk 3.5-inch drive: 1 TB, $129.99; 2 TB, $149.99; 3 TB, $179.99 and 4 TB, $249.99 MSRP.

Backup Plus for Mac portable is available in silver and will be available in 500 GB for an MSRP of $119.99 and 1 TB at $139.99. The Backup Plus Desk for Mac will be available at launch for 2 TB, $189.99 and 3 TB, $209.99 MSRP.

Seagate® Slim and Seagate® Slim for Mac storage in a svelte 9.5-mm package will now be available in a 500 GB capacity at $129.99 MSRP, and will also include the new Seagate Dashboard software for simple backup of on-board and social media albums.

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1The survey, “Consumers and Cloud Media”, fielded between 15 August and 25 August, 2011. Parks Associates surveyed 2,000 broadband Internet heads-of-household in the USA. All respondents were 18 or over and had an equal or greater share in household decisions. “Consumers and Cloud Media” analyses the market for cloud media services, digital lockers and trends in Internet video and social networking. The survey results were first published in September 2011.

2This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive, on behalf of Seagate from 22-24 May , 2012, among 2,205 adults aged 18 and older, among whom 2,162 are computer owners. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.