Can I backup multiple PCs to one external drive?

Can I backup multiple PCs to one external drive?



Summary of the capability of software programs bundled with various Seagate external drives to backup to multiple PCs.

Since many users have multiple PCs, it is important to protect key files on all of their computers. Seagate recognizes this need and offers flexible solutions to users by allowing them to protect multiple PCs with their backup drives.
Any external drive can backup as many computers as there is space on the external drive, through any number of ways.  See Document ID: 190751 for more information on backup strategies and Document ID: 206419 for information on how to store data on hard drives without the use of special software.

Many Seagate external and network drives include bundled backup software.  However, to keep the initial cost of the drive down, it may be necessary to purchase additional licenses in some cases. See the chart below for details.

The ability to backup multiple PCs using a bundled software depends mostly on the software licensing for the backup software and the operating systems of the PCs. Also, keep in mind that significant capacity may be needed to store all the files from the various computers, so be sure to purchase a drive large enough to handle your needs. A network solution such as the Seagate GoFlex Home or BlackArmor NAS 400 Series would be a better solution if you need to back up a large number of computers.

Drive and software Can it backup multiple PCs? Notes
FreeAgent GoFlex, GoFlex Desk, and GoFlex Pro Yes, after purchasing additional licenses Each drive includes one license for the Memeo backup software. To purchase additional licenses, see:
FreeAgent Goflex Home Yes, up to 3 PC and Mac computers
  • Includes Memeo Backup software.
  • Also compatible with MacOS Time Machine.
Seagate Replica Yes The Replica is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP, 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The different computers backed up are distinguished by different system names in the Replica.
FreeAgent with Seagate Manager Software Yes As long as the PCs are all Windows XP / Vista / 7 based and have unique computer names, the software allows backing up multiple PCs. The files are stored in separate directories. Each directory's name is named after each computer's name.
FreeAgent Pro with Autobackup Yes, after purchasing additional licenses The FreeAgent Pro drive came bundled with Memeo Autobackup which requires a separate license for each PC being backed up. Each separate backup set is stored in a separate folder based on the backup set name.
Note: Additional licenses can be acquired here.
FreeAgent Desktop with Seagate manager Software Yes As long as the PCs are all Windows XP / Vista / 7 based and have unique computer names, the software allows backing up multiple PCs. The files are stored in separate directories. Each directory's name is named after each computer's name.
OneTouch 4 with Maxtor Manager software Yes As long as the PCs are all Windows XP Vista / 7 based and have unique computer names, the software allows backing up multiple PCs. The files are stored in separate directories. Each directory's name is named after each computer's name.
Seagate BlackArmor 400 Series Yes This device is designed to backup multiple systems via the network. It comes with 10 client licenses for the backup software and can be expanded to support up to 50 client PCs.
Note: Client licenses are only needed for backup software; file sharing does not require a separate license per PC. Additional licenses can be purchased at the BlackArmor product page.





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