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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

Got a new laptop? Get your back up

Seagate Back Up Plus Slim

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The Back Up Plus is another pocket-sized drive, but this time without any fancy protection just a straightforward well-built metal case. If you are going to name something Back Up, it’s probably a good idea to give it some decent tools to do that exact job and that’s just what Seagate has done.

Seagate Back Up Plus Slim

Pre-loaded on the drive is Seagate’s Dashboard utility which includes backup and restore tools for both PC and Mac by using Seagate’s Mobile Backup App mobile devices as well. There’s also software that allows you to backup from Facebook and Flickr as well as sharing videos to YouTube.

Dashboard also has a built in test to allow you to check if the drives working correctly if something goes awry, and a power utility that allows you to set the time before the drive goes into power saving mode when it’s not being used but still plugged in.

Seagate uses an ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB drive here which makes it a respectable rather than outstanding performer. Still, it does what it says on the tin – slim drive preloaded with a host of backup tools.

Price £60
More info Seagate

Transcend StoreJet 25M3

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Transcend has taken a practical approach to make the Storejet 25M series as protected as possible to survive everyday use and then some. It features a three layered protection system, an internal rubber suspension mount, a rubber case and finally the reinforced outer shell. According to Transcend, the whole shebang has been drop-tested to US military specs.

Transcend StoreJet 25M3

The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 has a button on the top of the drive that acts as a one touch auto backup or as a quick reconnect for the drive – you don’t have to un-plug the drive to reconnect it. Installed on the drive is Transcend’s Elite management software utility comprising Back up (instant and scheduled) and restore, data encryption, file and bookmark sync and Cloud backup.

Transcend’s Storejet is another well-protected drive with a useful bundle of software utilities and with the Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB HDD delivers a par for the course performance.

Price £55
More info Transcend

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