Amazon Cloud Drive adds new native Dropbox-like sync feature

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I’m a big fan of Amazon Drive and use it regularly, but the desktop software is a bit lackluster. Sure, you can use the software to upload and download files, but that’s pretty much it. Amazon has now added the ability to automatically sync files in your Amazon Drive with your computer. To achieve this before, you had to use a 3rd-party app like Odrive, or do what I do, which is let my NAS handle syncing and have it upload a copy to Amazon Drive. Now syncing capabilities are natively built into the Amazon Drive client. Read more ›

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Amazon and Seagate team up to release 1TB drive that auto-syncs with Amazon Cloud Drive

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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.

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