Seagate's Replica: truly set and forget

The Replica runs in the background, allowing you to do other work while it does the backup

The Seagate Replica automatic PC backup device

The Seagate Replica automatic PC backup device

The scoop: Replica backup storage device, by Seagate, about $200 (for 500GB version; 250GB version costs $130)

What it is: Imagine a really small toaster that was flattened, and you get the idea of the size of the Seagate Replica, a 250GB or 500GB hard drive that connects quickly and easily to your PC or notebook to provide instant backup of everything that you've got stored on the computer.

Unlike regular external USB hard drives, users can just plug in the Replica and leave it alone -- the software takes care of the rest, backing up all the files on the hard drive without needing any additional user support. The 500GB version is aimed at backing up two computers -- it also comes with a handy USB docking station that lets you place the Replica on a vertical stand.

Why it's cool: If you (or your users, or family members) hate the idea of data backup, you really can't get any easier than the Seagate Replica.

The "set it and forget it" concept really does apply here. After connecting the USB cable to my notebook, I got the pop-up window asking me whether I wanted to start the backup, and after choosing "yes", the Replica was off and running. The cool part is that the Replica runs in the background, allowing you to do other work while it does the backup.

The software is also smart enough to track changes to your files while it's working, so you can be assured that the Word document you created while Replica was running will still be backed up.

Another cool feature: Replica will remember where it was in the backup process if you shut down the system, and will start back up when you plug it in later. I started a backup at home one night and was able to finish it at work the next day, for example.

The Replica software runs in the Windows system tray (at least in Windows XP), and lets you get a glimpse as to its status (how many files it has left to copy, for example), as well as other options for backup and security (you can set a password for access to the backup copy).

Some caveats: The only recommendation I would have before using this is to make sure that you've cleaned up the hard drive you want to back up. In my test, it took several hours for the Replica to copy every single file (I had at least 30,000 files it needed to go through), and this likely includes files that I really don't need copied.

If you are relatively organized in your file storage, it might be easier and quicker to just copy needed files (photos, music and videos, for example) via a regular USB external hard drive.

Grade: 5 stars (out of five)

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags backupstorage backupseagateseagate replica

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Keith Shaw

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?