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Seagate Replica mirrors Time Machine for Windows

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon April 27, 2009

Seagate Replica

Seagate started its week today by launching a device which comes closest to replicating the behavior of Apple's Time Machine backup for Windows PCs. The Replica performs an automatic, continuous backup of an entire Windows system and lets users either restore all their third-party apps and documents after a crash or else return individual files that might have been deleted or lost. The drive maker promises a simple process where the drive will auto-install and configure itself over USB.

A basic 250GB version is intended for single-PC backup on Windows XP or Vista and will sell for $130. In a variation from Apple's approach, Seagate also has a $200 multi-PC version with 500GB of storage that includes a dock to serve two systems at once. Both editions should be available in May.

By Electronista Staff


  1. joecab

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    Joined: Apr 2004


    just like time machine...

    ... except it'll work! (hyuk hyuk hyuk)

  1. dynsight

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    Joined: May 2005


    It works

    Time machine works for me, and I do like it quite a bit. The issue of a full backup is still...well an issue. But individual files work nicely.

    HOWEVER, XP and Vista have a system restore feature, with restore points, which is actually a nice feature that also works. Curious how this fares against System Restore (or does it work in conjunction with System Restore)?

  1. BelugaShark

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    works fine full backup

    Apple's TimeMachine works beautifully, i used it several times on several Macs. I've even used it to backup a drive before formatting it. It's the easiest backup application I have ever used in all my 28 years of computing.

    kudos to Apple on this one.

  1. Hachiman

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    Joined: May 2009



    If it works just like Time Machine than thats a good thing.

    Time Machine works just fine as an automatic backup program. Never really need to worry about it.
    Only drawback that full backups have like Time Machine is versioning. So don't know how long a 250GB unit will last.

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