Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup External Hard Drive Review - Seagate 400GB External Hard Drive Review

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This means that using the supplied software you will never get a perfect image of your PC, but it does offers the ability to make incremental backups. You can upgrade the supplied version of BounceBack Express to BounceBack Pro at the CMS website for an affordable £28 which adds more functionality including the option to create a bootable CD that enables you to completely restore your hard drive in case of a complete disk failure.


I would have liked to have seen the full version in the box, but this would of course have added some extra cost and I presume Seagate has taken the view that not everyone is interested in paying extra for software that they might not use. As the name implies, the drive offers push button backup, something I had some trouble getting working at first. The button on front of the drive didn’t start up the BounceBack software, which the manual clearly states it should do after you have done your initial backup.


However, after a re-install of the software it all worked fine, though it meant I had to do another full backup of the system before the push button incremental backup would work as intended. This is quite frustrating, but software is usually the weakest link these days no matter who the hardware comes from.


The manual is reasonably well written. It covers the installation procedure for several operating systems and explains the different features of the drive and supplied software. Apart from the BounceBack Express software the CD contains Windows 98 USB drivers and Seagate’s DiscWizard software.


A plus is that Seagate supplies both cables in the box, which doesn’t always happen when you purchase an external device. It’s a shame that the power brick couldn’t be built in to the housing as it is rather large and looks like something that could power a notebook. This is really the only thing that holds the Seagate drive back as a mobile storage archive, as it means that there’s something else you have to carry around with you.


But what’s really impressive is the price, as at £194.70 the external Seagate drive is less than £8 more expensive than its internal IDE sibling. Priced as keenly as this, it’s easy to forgive a few minor issues.


”’Verdict”’


Seagate needs to polish the software implementation slightly to make it work flawlessly as a push button backup solution, while a smaller or even integrated power brick would make it a more portable solution. But at this price these are minor niggles and everyone should consider getting one of these drives to make that oft-neglected but vital system backup.

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Score in detail

  • Value 10
  • Features 8