Seagate took us for a quick hands on with their new Backup Plus hard drives. If there’s one thing I say as advice to non-technically minded people it’s “back up”. In fact stop what you’re doing now and save everything. Done it? Good.

Seagate are tackling the growing prevalance of online storage by combining a physical hard drive with cloud capacity. Seagate Backup Plus products provide backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr. They also carry on the GoFlex innovation of interchangeable interfaces so they have USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity options.

Hardcore tech nerds will probably have multiple RAID5 arrays set up at home but for normal people, it’s a good way to back up all your content – both in local storage and your Facebook/Flickr photos that you might not have stored on your computer.

Available now in the UK from Amazon, Currys, Dixons, Maplin, PC World and other retailers, Seagate Backup Plus drives will initially ship in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB for portable drives, and, from July, in capacities of 1TB, 2TB and 3TB for Backup Plus Desk drives. This new family of external storage will be available in red, blue, silver and black for the portable 2.5-inch form factor.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices at launch are: 500GB, £69.90; and 1TB, £94.90. The Backup Plus Desk 3.5-inch drive: 1TB, £84.90; 2TB, £104.90 and 3TB, £134.90 MSRP.