Seagate has announced the launch of Seagate Duet 1TB portable hard drive with auto-sync to Amazon Cloud Drive, so that your data is always backed in the cloud. If you use the drive to backup data, that means you’ll have a extra backup copy in the cloud, which could be useful if the drive fails just when you want to back it up (it happened to me), or somehow your house burns down…
Another advantage is that if you forget to take your drive with you, the data will be accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection from Amazon Cloud service. It connects through your Mac or PC’s USB 3.0 port, and sync files to the cloud after an initial setup with your Amazon account. Once the setup is done, you can use the drive as you’d normally do, and files will automatically be backed up in the cloud. The Amazon Drive mobile app will allow people to access their files from phones or tablets running Android or iOS operating system.
I guess it should be possible to set this up yourself with a normal drive too, but this just makes it a little easier. It should be slightly cheaper if you intended to use Amazon Drive, as Seagate Duet is available for pre-order $99.99 on Amazon (US customers only), and comes with one year of Amazon Drive Unlimited Storage ($59.99 value) for new US Amazon Drive customers, as well as a two-year limited warranty from Seagate.
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