Seagate's Mirra backup system now Mac-compatible

Hard disk manufacturer Seagate Technology took the wraps off a slew of new hardware aimed at consumers looking for storage systems for Macs and PCs, including for the first time, a Mac-compatible version of its Mirra network backup system.

The Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server is a Mac and PC-compatible network attached storage system available in either 250GB or 400GB capacities. It works using an Ethernet connector, and can be accessed remotely over the local network and through the Internet. The drives cost $499 and $599 respectively.

The device backs up content on networked computers using software that runs natively on Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later, and it supports Intel-based Macs. You identify which folders you’d like to protect, the Mirra system takes care of the rest. You can keep up to eight versions of files on the system. What’s more, existing Mirra users can upgrade to the 2.0 software version for free.

Also new is an 8GB version of Seagate’s Pocket Drive, a portable USB 2.0 hard disk drive shaped like a hockey puck, that’s designed to be portable enough to fit into a shirt pocket. It uses a 3600RPM drive that features 2MB of data cache. Look for it in July for $149.

Seagate’s new 750GB Pushbutton Hard Drive is shipping to retailers, according to the company. The Pushbutton Hard Drive includes BounceBack Express software from CMS, and provides connectivity to Macs and PCs using either USB 2.0 or FireWire. A button on the front of the drive initiates the backup procedure; the drive is stackable and can also be stood vertically using an included stand. Now available, it costs $559.

Seagate is also shipping 300GB and 500GB external Serial ATA (eSATA) versions of its Pushbutton drive. eSATA — supported on Power Macs running Tiger equipped with a PCI-based eSATA expansion card, included — provides dramatically higher transfer speeds than FireWire 400 (up to five times as fast). The new drives are now shipping for $269 and $399 respectively.

Seagate also revealed that it’s shipping 160GB versions of its Momentus 2.5-inch laptop internal hard disk drives and new versions of its Barracuda and Savvio drive mechanism, aimed at Enterprise storage markets such as file servers and RAID systems.

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