Seagate is looking to bridge the advantages of cloud storage with its own tangible solution by offering 4GB of free Nero cloud access for a year. Your cloud account can be accessed from the dashboard and acts as a safety net by backing up precious files and folders in the event your hard drive is lost, stolen or damaged. Saving your files to the cloud is easy enough complements of the simplistic software, detailed further below.
Seagate requires users to register an account with them before they gain access to their cloud storage.
Your Backup Plus drive and cloud account is managed via Seagate's Dashboard software. The easy to use and clean interface is characterised by a few large icons and corresponding labels that aid in effortless navigation.
In the top right hand corner, there are two iconsâ€”Backup Plus and Cloudâ€”which will direct you to an overview of either one. These icons are ever-present no matter where you are throughout the menu.
The home screen has been broken down into three easy-to-digest parts:
The first is "protect" and manages your backup plans. Files can be backed up once (snapshot), monthly, weekly, daily, hourly or continuously, to either your cloud account or drive. There's also the option of nominating which folders you want backed up (pictures, videos, music, etc) or any other custom folder of your choice.
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It is worth noting that "protect" is only available for Windows users as Apple's OS X relies on the default Time Machine.