New Seagate Desktop Drive Plugs in, Backs Up

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-30 Print this article Print

The Replica appliance from Seagate Technology safeguards applications, operating systems and all other data, without any human intervention. Replica also can automatically take a full image of the hard drive, including all the applications, the operating system and other data storage.

It's not enterprise-type storage by any means, but Seagate Technology's new Replica direct-attached desktop hard drive for desktops, laptops or netbook computers will probably see a lot of action in corporate settings.

The Seagate Replica, launched April 27, automatically backs up documents, databases, graphics and other content using a double-USB connection. It comes on as soon as it's plugged in, and doesn't require any intervention by the user to work.

When needed, Replica also can automatically take a full image of the hard drive-including all the applications, the operating system and other data.

Replica is similar to a not very well-known but nonetheless highly regarded desktop backup product designed and built by Rebit. Both of these drives back up a hard drive in its entirety automatically.

Of Replica, "This is about as easy as it gets," said Terry Cunningham, senior vice president of Seagate branded solutions. "While people continue to amass digital content, many still don't understand the importance of backing up their libraries of personal memories, or they don't take the time."

The Replica uses two USB cables, one for power and the other to transfer data. Once connected, the device automatically takes the backup without the need for user interaction. There is little or no latency as the system is backing up new data that comes into it, the company said.

The Replica, which will become generally available in May 2009, features both single and multiple-PC models. The multi-PC version, with 500GB capacity, includes a dock and is available for $199.99. The single-PC version, with 250GB capacity, is available for $129.99. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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