Seagate Technology has announced that its popular award-winning Backup Plus family of external storage offerings will now include 200Gb of OneDrive cloud storage for two years. Seagate Backup Plus drives come equipped with Seagate Dashboard software for easy plug-and-play PC backup as well as the addition of mobile and social media backup.
Seagate also announced a new high capacity for its Backup Plus portable at 4Tb in a sleek 20.5mm form factor using a single platter portable drive.

“Seagate Technology continues to innovate at a fast pace based on the ever changing needs of its customers,” says Jingwen Li, research analyst, storage systems for IDC. “With features such as OneDrive cloud storage, and the new 4Tb capacity point, Seagate Backup Plus family addresses the growing needs for data storage and backup with flexible data access and simple data management in the personal storage market.”

Backup is the primary use case for external drives and Seagate has worked to make backup as convenient and hassle-free a chore as possible since the first introduction of Backup Plus and the Seagate Dashboard software in 2012.

“We continue to evolve our backup offerings with new software enhancements and the addition of features that add greater value through marketing partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, the provider of OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve Minds, developer of the photo and video management solution,” says Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate branded products group.

The OneDrive cloud storage provided by Microsoft is an added feature designed to provide accessibility to one’s content on every device. A powerful tool to enhance productivity, OneDrive allows easy access to your most important files from any connected mobile device and keeps documents that are in progress up to date on each of those devices for sharing and collaborating with whomever you choose.

“OneDrive makes it easy to work with others on Office documents, and to have your most important files always available on your PC, Mac, phone, and tablet,” says Angus Logan, director, product marketing, Microsoft. “Our seamless and easy-to-use cloud solution is a natural fit for people that are using Seagate Backup Plus.”

The Seagate Backup Plus family of external drives is the world’s first external hard drives to extend backup capabilities to include content from social networks. Backup Plus external hard drives come equipped with Seagate’s Dashboard software for easy backup of your system via scheduled or instantaneous on-demand backup as well as Facebook and Flickr backup. Additionally a Backup Plus drive used in conjunction with the Seagate Mobile Backup app, can also be used as a target to easily backup a mobile device wirelessly while on a network and by use of a cloud service of your choice while away from the home network.