Seagate Duet Hard Drive Keeps Your Cloud Close, Syncs Files With Amazon Drive

Subject: Storage | December 8, 2016 - 05:59 PM |
Tagged: Seagate, external hard drive, cloud storage, cloud backup, amazon drive, amazon

Seagate and Amazon have partnered up to offer a new USB external hard drive called the Seagate Duet that, while functioning as you would expect an external drive to, also automatically keeps files synced between itself and the user's Amazon Drive cloud storage. The Duet is based on Seagate's Backup Plus drive series and is a 1TB drive with two platters and PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) technology that spins at 5400 RPM. It connects to PCs over USB 3.0.

During the initial setup, users provide their Amazon Drive login to the Duet software which will upload all media files stored on the external drive to Amazon Drive as well as download any files stored on Amazon Drive regardless of whether they were uploaded by the Duet or other devices not using the Duet software.

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Seagate offers a two year warranty on the drive which will be an Amazon.com exclusive and available on December 10th for $99.99. The Duet does come at quite the premium over other drives (even Seagate's own) with non-automatic cloud syncing 1TB USB 3.0 drives coming in at around $50 and 2TB drives able to be found easily for less than the Duet's $100 price.

However, there is a bit of a saving grace in that the Seagate Duet does come with one year of free Amazon Drive Unlimited storage which normally costs $59.99 a year.

For enthusiasts, there are cheaper 1TB or higher capacity drives for the same price as the Duet, but I find myself thinking that this would be a great gift for family members to help them protect their precious family photos and videos from a drive failure or lost drive! With the holidays coming up fast, if you have not figured out the perfect gift yet this may just be the thing to buy – and if something does happen, the real gift is that their photos are safely backed up!

Source: Amazon

December 8, 2016 | 08:07 PM - Posted by Cyclops

Your privacy is not strong with this one.

December 9, 2016 | 02:15 PM - Posted by dreamer77dd

With the cost of faster hard drive and the cost of the monthly bill, I cant see this worth it.
It is a nice feature if it was forever free.
I rather buy a Drobo and purchase a cheap larger hard drive for a 12 bay storage.
A hard drive to put you in debt, 60 dollar internet bill plus slap on another bill just to own a hard drive, on top of content you need to subscribe to.
Computer world is turning into upper class luxury.
I rather pay my heating bill then to use a backup hard drive that will fall me.
Expensive insurance for something built to fail, possibly.
Sync the family to an Drobo over the internet could be a solution.

December 9, 2016 | 11:13 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, does Crasphlan let you back up other people to networked drives? I have used Crasphlan to let my mom keep a back up of her family photos on my PC over the Internet before.

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