Seagate Replica 250 GB USB 2.0 Complete Single PC Backup System ST902504BDA101-RK (Silver)
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- Seagate Replica 250GB USB 2.0 2.5-inch External Hard Drive General Features: Color: Silver/Black
- Capacity: 250 GB Interface: USB 2.0 USB 2.0 data transfer rate: up to 480 Mbps
- Spindle speed: 5400 RPM USB powered Complete PC Backup system Compatible with Windows 7
- Password protection ensure that only you have access to your computer's backup files
- Automatically removes the oldest versions of files to free space
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The Seagate 500GB Replica drive tries hard to bring the ease of backup that Apple has provided with their Timeport software/hardware combo to the Windows based computers. In other words backup of your computer should be handled pretty much without user intervention until you need help with a crash, or want to recover a file that you accidentally deleted. The Replica promises to do this, for multiple computers, by keeping not only the entire drive backed up (Within limitation of the 500GB total capacity, the files do not appear to be compressed), but also as many different versions of changed files as will fit on the drive. When the drive fills up, the oldest of multiple files are deleted first. Restoring individual files is handled thru integration with Windows Explorer. A right mouse click will now show a Seagate Replica icon, which will allow you to browse the backup drive and selective restore as many versions of the file in questions as were backed up.
Restoring the entire drive entails booting your crashed computer with a supplied recovery disk by using the computer's bios "boot from cd rom function". This disk contains enough software to allow the dead computer to communicate with the Replica Drive and to restore it. Periodically Seagate recommends that you check their website for a new Iso image of the recovery disk.
OK, that's the background and it is supposed to work.Read more ›
My first exposure to the Seagate Replica was when my 75-year-old mom asked me if it was an appropriate backup device for her. When I bought her PC a few years ago, I had it configured with a mirrored hard drive plus Norton Ghost to do regular backups. But she found Ghost too confusing (I agree - I prefer Acronis True Image) and I had bugged her about the importance of doing regular backups in case of disaster or even the accidental deletion of an important file. I had urged her to look for an external hard disk with built-in backup software, and she ran across the Replica and asked me if it would work for her.
At the time, Amazon was not yet selling the Replica so I looked up some reviews and decided that it looked like a good bet for her and bought one for her. A few days later, she sent me an email exclaiming how easy it was to use and she was delighted with it. Well, easy to use is no help unless it really provides protection you can use, so when I was offered the chance to review a Replica for Amazon, I was thrilled.
The Replica is deceptively simple looking. The basic 250GB unit is a small, lightweight device which is silver on the rounded front and has a rubberized flat bottom - that model just comes with one USB cable and is intended for a single PC.Read more ›
But yes. Just as advertised, you unpack the Replica, plug in the USB cable, and then just click a prompt on screen. Boom. You're backing up your hard drive; Your WHOLE hard drive.
Now, that's only one half of the equation, and I will have to plead the fifth on the other half-- Restoration. While I'd simply loooooove to give you a more complete review by crashing my system and restoring from the Seagate Replica, I just can't work it out. So I guess the second half of this review will have to come when disaster strikes and I need to restore from the Replica. At this point, what I *can* tell you is that it does seem to be doing its job, requires little to no input from the user, and just quietly goes about its business continually backing up your hard drive(s).
No active software installation is required on the user's part, although you do get a little system tray icon that lets you check the drive's status and progress, and assign which drives you want backed up.
The Multi-PC version has a nifty (and sturdy) dock that comes with a nice dual-USB cable for those of you who have weaker USB ports. The drive requires no AC adapter, getting all its power from your computer's USB port. That's very handy, indeed, as I was running out of outlets!
This is kind of a hard device to review because, really, it just quietly backs up your computer, and only becomes truly interactive when you need to restore... And I haven't needed to do that, yet.
(Be patient. It's Windows. It will happen!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
had to buy a separate program from Acronis to make it work. Seagate's program would not do the complete back-up. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Replica is easy to install and register on a destop pc. It runs automatically when the pc is on and backs up all files. Files are also easily retrieved when required. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Rapp
I like that if makes backing up your system easy with the included software. I have not had to restore anything yet but this has the software you can choose to restore-back to a... Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Billy in South GA
Got this item and it would not install. Receipt inside the shipping box shows it was purchased in 2009 from Office Depot. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Alan K. Cutler
After a crash, the restore disk / software behaved perfectly. Only problem, the system was NOT restored. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Terry
This was by the far the easiest system to hook up. Just plug it in and your ready to go. I would recommend this for any PC user, even if your a novice. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Marge Kobisa