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Hot off the Press - News
by Keith Benicek, Editor

LaCie Updates Free Backup SilverKeeper V1.1 for OS 9.2 & OS X 10.2
Sept. 5th, 2003

LaCie Limited (www.lacie.com), of Hillsboro, OR, well known for their external hard disk drives and CD-ROM Burners, has continued their Mac Platform philanthropic efforts in Backup Applications by giving away the newly updated SilverKeeper V1.1 for OS 9 and OS X. Announced today, “LaCie eliminates the last excuse users have for not backing up important files: free and easy-to-use backup software for the Mac!” stated the LaCie press release.

We tested and included SilverKeeper V1.0 in our ongoing article series “Backup your computer & data PC/Mac”, and we were delighted in this efficient backup tool for Macs. A full review of the new version will be appended to the article, please tune in for it soon.

The press release further states: “Posted on www.silverkeeper.com as a freeware application, LaCie SilverKeeper takes the complexity out of backing up documents, video, photos, music, and graphics files. The software can be used with any storage device that will mount on a Macintosh® desktop as a writeable volume. In addition, SilverKeeper is included with all of LaCie's storage products, including LaCie’s recently introduced drives by Porsche Design GmbH.”

SilverKeeper V1.1 is designed to make those nasty and time consuming backups that scare even the advanced Mac users into an automated, easy to program. Set it up to do your incremental backup while you’re away from your Mac at those two-hour office lunches, a staff meeting or over night.

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LaCie says that there have already been over one million downloads of the original SilverKeeper, as well as those that received it included with a LaCie external drive device, since release only eighteen months ago.

“We’ve worked hard to make backup accessible to everyone. We’ve removed the last excuse users had for not backing up their critical files: Backup is either too expensive or difficult. With the increased reliance on computer data files and the daily threat of viruses, protection of user data is more important than ever before," said Mike Mihalik, LaCie product manager. "SilverKeeper gives all users the tools they need to easily backup important data."

“SilverKeeper is compatible with Mac OS 9.2 and 10.2, and can be used with any compatible LaCie or third party storage product, including hard drives; CD-R/RW*, DVD-R/RW/RAM* and MO drives; as well as other removable storage solutions with FireWire®, USB, IDE, ATA or SCSI interfaces. ( *Note: CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW requires Apple Disc Burning compatible drives.)”

Availability, per LaCie
LaCie SilverKeeper is bundled with all LaCie storage devices, and is also available as a free download to any user registering their name and email address on LaCie’s Web site at www.silverkeeper.com. Documentation is provided in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish as a set of SilverKeeper Help files that are installed with the application. Partial localization is also provided for the Japanese language.



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