Seagate and Amazon have announced the Seagate Duet, a new 1TB external hard drive that automatically syncs all of its content to Amazon’s Cloud Drive service. The drive can be pre-ordered now for $99.99 and it will be released December 10th. It comes with 1-year of Amazon Drive unlimited backup, which normally runs $59.99, making this drive essentially $40. For comparison, the best selling 1TB external drive on Amazon is a Seagate drive for $54.99.
For your files to be truly backed up and safe, you should always follow the 3-2-1 backup strategy. Meaning, there should be at least 3 total copies of your data, 2 of which are local but on different devices, and at least 1 copy offsite. This new Seagate drive takes care of the entire strategy with a single purchase. The included 1-year Amazon Drive Unlimited plan is only for new Amazon Drive Unlimited customers and you have to activate the plan within 2 months of purchasing the drive. So if you buy this as a gift for Christmas, be sure to tell the recipient they have about a month to set it up.