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