Overview for Seagate Backup Plus
Seagate Backup Plus is a family of high-capacity portable hard drives designed to manage and protect your photos, movies, documents, etc. It mainly consists of three products - Backup Plus Ultra Touch, Backup Plus Slim, Backup Plus Portable, each works with Windows/Mac via USB.
Backup Plus portable drives are shipped with easy-to-use tools to backup your data on demand. With it, you can schedule automatic backups hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or mirror folders seamlessly. Here in this post, I’ll introduce how to backup using Seagate Backup Plus.
What software should you use to backup with Seagate Backup Plus?
If you’ve ever used Seagate products before, you probably know Seagate Dashboard, which is the previous generation of backup software during 2012 to 2017. But from 2018 to present, Seagate Toolkit is the current backup software shipped with most Seagate external drives.
In fact, both of the tools support Seagate Backup Plus drives, so theoretically you can choose either one for data backup. But since Seagate Toolkit is the latest solution, I’ll use it in this article.
Note: Toolkit and Dashboard only backs up your data in Windows root drive (usually C:/) and excludes program files, application data, temporary files, and other types of system files and folders. Also, you can only create one backup plan for one Backup Plus drive.
If you want to backup operating system or files in non-system drives even network drives, please try another Seagate Backup Plus backup software in Case 2.
Case 1. How to use Seagate Backup Plus to backup non-system files?
With all these limitations, Seagate Toolkit is still a simple and effective solution to backup files using Seagate Backup Plus portable drives. To explain it better, I’ll give an example based on Backup Plus Slim to show you how to use Seagate Backup Plus on Windows 10.
Requirements for Seagate Backup Plus:
Computer with a USB-A (USB 3.0 or USB 2.0) port.
Windows 7 or higher operating system
600MB and larger free disk space
How to use Seagate Backup Plus Slim for non-system files backup:
Step 1. Connect your Seagate device to computer. USB 3.0/2.0 are available for Backup Plus Slim.
Step 2. For Windows users, launch File Explorer and double-click Start_Here_Win in the Backup Plus drive to register it.
Download the toolkit and click on the SeagateToolkit.exe to install it. Now you can use the software to protect your PC data with Seagate Backup Plus portable drive.
Step 3. After launching Seagate Toolkit, there are 3 activities on the main interface – Backup, Restore and Mirror. Choose Backup here.
Click BACKUP NOW to get started. By default, it will automatically back up all your files in Windows root drive to Seagate Backup Plus.
You can also choose CUSTOM BACKUP PLAN to select files and schedule to perform the backup.
For users who chose custom backup, this set-up window will pop up automatically. Otherwise you can also click on the backup progress and hit Edit to customize the task.
Check and uncheck these file types to decide what to backup. Optionally, you can switch to ADVANCED tab to select folders manually. Hit Next to proceed.
Select the connected Seagate Backup Plus Slim as the destination and click Next. Note you can only create one backup plan for one device.
Choose a schedule to perform automatic backup and click START BACKUP. Continuously is the default selection, which will run automatically whenever files are modified, and Snapshot will execute the backup only once.
How to restore files from Seagate Backup Plus:
Make sure the Seagate drive is connected and launch Seagate Toolkit. Then choose Restore and select the backup plan.
Then you can choose the entire backup job or individual folders, select a backup version created at the time point you want, then click Next to continue.
Specify a destination or restore the files to original location by default. Click Restore to execute it.
How about Mirror feature in Seagate Toolkit?
You can choose Mirror activity to create a mirror folder, and any data you drag to it will be copied to the mirror folder in Seagate drive with original format.
Please note it’s not a backup but a two-way sync, any data you delete in either of the mirror folders will be removed from both sides, the same goes for modifications. So if you mean to protect your data automatically and keep different copy versions for recovery needs, Backup is the right way to go.
Case 2. How to use Seagate Backup Plus to backup all files and OS?
Though Seagate Toolkit performs well in the flexibility of backup schedule, it has great limitations on what to backup and where to backup. For example, it won’t allow you to backup Windows 10 operating system on regular basis in case of system glitches, backup non-system drives to protect more kinds of data, or backup files to diversified devices other than supported Seagate drives.
You probably know another software that can be used for system backup, Seagate DiscWizard. But it only runs on Seagate and Maxtor hard drives. In this case, I prefer to use a Seagate Toolkit alternative with higher compatibility and more optional backup types.
Considering the functionality of Seagate Toolkit, AOMEI Backupper is a qualified equivalent in Windows with its backup and mirror features along with schedule options.
◉ Backup options include file/folder backup, partition backup, disk backup and system backup. You can run a task only once, or schedule automatic backup hourly, daily, weekly, monthly. Incremental and differential backup are also supported.
◉ As for mirror, you can sync any existing folder to another without creating a new folder, and the one-way mirror won’t sync the deletion or modification from target to the source.
◉ Besides, AOMEI Backupper supports various storage devices as the source or target directory – internal/external hard drive, USB drive, NAS, network share or even cloud drive. So you can easily backup local folders drives to Seagate Backup Plus, backup Seagate Backup Plus to another external hard drive, etc.
*The free Standard version already contains complete backup and restore features. However, if you want to enjoy more schedule options, real-time sync, dissimilar hardware restore, etc., you could also upgrade to Professional or higher editions.
To show you the basic operation of AOMEI Backupper, I’ll use the Standard version as an example.
How to auto backup PC files to Seagate Backup Plus:
First of all, install this Seagate Backup Plus backup software on your Windows computer and connect your portable drive. Then you can try following steps to perform automatic backup. The same approach also applies to other external hard drives or USB drives.
Step 1. Go to Backup tab and choose File Backup. You can also back up Windows operating system with System Backup, or entire hard drive with Disk Backup.
Step 2. Click Add Folder or Add File to select anything you want to backup. Optionally, you can choose Share/NAS in the pop-up window and Add NAS or NAS devices. Then choose the connected Seagate drive as the destination.
To set up automatic backup, click Schedule at the bottom, choose Daily/Weekly/Monthly and do further settings. For example, you can run it hourly during a certain period of time.
Step 3. Click Start Backup to execute the task. Then you can manage it in Home page, or go to Restore tab to restore files from Backup Plus or other devices.
Case 3. Create a portable Seagate Backup Plus backup software to use on any PC
No matter which of the above methods you use, you will need to install the backup software on your computer for further operation. If you have multiple computers to protect or maintain, this may not be very convenient.
In this case, you can use the practical tool of AOMEI Backupper to create a portable version on Seagate Backup Plus drive, and plug it into any target computer for direct use without installation.
Technician and Technician Plus edition both offer you all the standard and advanced features of AOMEI Backupper, including the tool to create portable backup software. but the Technician edition also works on Windows servers in addition to Windows PCs. You can download the one you need to proceed, here take Technician as an example.
How to create Seagate Backup Plus backup software for portable use:
Step 1. Connect the Seagate Backup Plus drive to a Windows computer with AOMEI Backupper installed. Open the software and choose Create Portable Version in Tools tab.
Step 2. The connected removable device should be selected as the target location by default, otherwise you can click Browse to select a target path manually.
Step 3. Click Start Creating to copy the installation directory to the target location, hit Finish when it's complete. Then you can insert the Seagate Backup Plus drive to any computer and double click Backupper.exe to run the portable backup software without installation.
- This tool doesn't support network path or CD-ROM drive as target location by far.
- You cannot use Portable version simultaneously with AOMEI Backupper.
- If AOMEI Backupper has been installed on the target computer before, you may encounter problems using the portable version. Then you can use the Register.exe to Register for correct edition.
Seagate Backup Plus drives come with Seagate Toolkit for automatic file backup and mirror. But it only applies to data in Windows root drive and excludes system files & program files. If you have further needs to perform backup using Seagate Backup Plus, it’s better to pick an automated backup tool supporting more diverse backup types like AOMEI Backupper.
In addition to file and system backup, AOMEI Backupper can also be used as Seagate cloning software to migrate hard drive to smaller SSD or larger HDD. If you are running Windows Server, there’s a specialized Server edition to suit your backup and cloning needs.