Seagate throws in free OneDrive storage with its Backup Plus hard drives

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Seagate Technology revealed on June 23 that its latest line of external hard drives will include 200GB of storage on OneDrive. The Backup Plus family, as it’s been named, also comes with Lyve’s photo and video management app.

Microsoft’s OneDrive is designed to give you access to your files in the cloud from any connected mobile device. Additionally, the files you upload stay synched and up-to-date once they are in OneDrive.

Lyve is designed to combine all of your photos and videos from your devices and house them in one collection. The goal is to keep everything in a single go-to location, accessible on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X.

“With features such as OneDrive cloud storage, Lyve app, and the new 4TB capacity point, Seagate Backup Plus family addresses the growing needs for data storage and backup with flexible data access and simple data management in the personal storage market,” said Jingwen Li, research analyst for IDC


The USB 3.0-powered Seagate Backup Plus with a 4TB capacity will be released in mid-July at a starting price of $240. The 12mm Seagate Backup Plus Slim, which is powered via USB 3.0, is currently available at 500GB for $80. However, a 1TB version is also an option at $100, while a 2TB edition is selling for $130.

For those who want a desktop option, the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop drive is available in options ranging from 2TB to 8TB, priced at $120 and $360, respectively. It has the ability to work via AC power adapter or USB 3.0.

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