LaCie offers one year online backup with drive

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Hard drive-maker LaCie is offering potential customers unlimited online backup for one year with the purchase of any of the company’s external storage devices.

LaCie has partnered with Carbonite to handle to online backups for its customers. According to LaCie the year starts after the user installs and the software and contacts the Carbonite Web site for the backups to begin.

Once the software is installed it will automatically backup the LaCie drive by finding new and modified files, encrypting them twice before leaving the original workstation, then transmitting them by HTTPS (SSL) to a secure data center, where the information remains encrypted, the companies said.

The backups are only done when the computer is idle so it won’t interfere with performance.

The PC software will be available in November. However, the companies list the Mac software “to be released at a later date.”

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