I remember watching a TV broadcast many years ago, which was featuring those nasty Santa Anna winds, which was whipping up a massive fire among a residential neighborhood. As the broadcast was in progress they filmed a man running back into a burning home. He came out in a few minutes holding something in his hands. Down on the ground a reporter confronted the man and asked why he had gone back into the burning home? He showed the reported several Zip drives which he stated had all of his business records stored on them.

According to the Seagate blurb it states the following facts:

Seagate is launching a novel portable backup device that will let you access your photos, videos, and other data from afar.

The product fits in with the consumer mantra of the digital age: access your data, anytime, anywhere. The company’s FreeAgent DockStar network adapter is a docking system where you can plug in a portable Seagate FreeAgent Go backup drive (sold separately). You can then connect it via Ethernet cable to your home network router. You can then access that backup drive from any network in the home.

And when you’re away from home, you can access the drive via a web site, where you log in with a username and password. Once you do so, you can view the contents of the drive and launch videos, slide shows, or play music. You can even access it from an iPhone. You can share the contents of the drive with anyone you want, and designate which data on the drive is available for others to see. When you update the content, such as adding more photos, your friends can get alerts saying there is new content for them to view.

The dock has three universal serial bus ports in addition to its main connector dock. It thus lets you connect four mass storage devices to it. The network adapter is enabled by the Pogoplug service from Cloud Engines, which has a partnership with Seagate.

Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Seagate will go up against rivals such as Hewlett-Packard, which just built the same kind of remote access function into its HP MediaSmart Server backup system, as well as Western Digital. The FreeAgent DockStar sells for $99.99 and comes with a one year free subscription to the Pogoplug service. After a year, the fee is $29.99 a year.

This might be an easy way to do backups to a remote location. It may keep you from having to run back into a burning house.

So what do you think?

Comments welcome.