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Seagate launches its 3TB external drive

Seagate launches its 3TB external drive

Seagate sets a new capacity record for hard drives with its FreeAgent GoFlex featuring a single 3TB disk.

Following on from our previous reports in May, Seagate has launched the worlds first single 3TB drive, although this version is stuck in an external case.

Dubbed the FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard disk, it features USB2, USB3 or FireWire 800, depending on the transfer speed you need and available connections.

"Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music," said Seagate's Dave Mosley in an official announcement.

"Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive is no exception – delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today."

Although it's possible to create your own 3TB (or larger) external disk using an enclosure or barebones NAS, the convenience of having a ready-made USB disk is what's important if you have lots of videos, photos, music and documents to back up. With the increasing capacities of hard disks inside PCs and laptops, you could quickly fill a 3TB by backing up just one PC and a laptop.

Seagate claims the drive has been 'specially engineered' to exceed the 2.1TB limitation in Windows. At just 158x124x44mm the new drive is also considerably smaller than a two-bay NAS or twin-disk product.

The downside is that it's also sporting a $250 RRP, which, when put up against either 3x1TB or 2x2TB drives plus enclosure, is asking a lot.

No word yet on internal 3TB SATA drives either. Do you need one? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Tom @ CCL 1st July 2010, 10:40 Quote
Long overdue.

With the pace of technology and constant growth of the storage market we need to be pushing capacities every year to keep up with end user demand.

If 3TB drives get released en-mass then 4TB will be very shortly behind them.

My 8TB of storage will be needing an upgrade hopefully around the time 4TB disks become available.
proxess 1st July 2010, 11:24 Quote
I currently have more than enough for what I need. I still backup to DVD...
DarkFear 1st July 2010, 12:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
I currently have more than enough for what I need. I still backup to DVD...

Oh you poor, poor man! :p

If 3TB becomes common place, we should see some pretty high capacity drives soon(ish). Yay!
devilxc 1st July 2010, 12:49 Quote
I think the price isn't bad. Affordable at least.

2x2TB is £160 and this is £160 and external drives have always cost more.
Nature 1st July 2010, 12:59 Quote
I agree devilxc. The bit-tch boys are just a wee bit stingy. 250 bones is nathan comparatively or to ask for as they put it:
"the highest-capacity storage solution available today."

I would love to know the specs on sucha drive... How many platters it's using, cache, dual processing, etc.

Congrats to Mr. Shugart and Co. for throwing this down as soon as introducing the worlds first SATA3 drives.
capnPedro 1st July 2010, 13:22 Quote
I bet it's slow. Super slow.

That's why it's being hidden behind a USB interface. Surely if it was a decent drive it would be released as a 3.5" internal drive at the same time.
Or maybe it's a funny size. Too tall to be internal or something.

Oh, and 4TB is coming,
Fabou 1st July 2010, 14:08 Quote
If it's only a size problem, it's nothing a modder can't solve
The_Beast 1st July 2010, 16:34 Quote
When are we going to see the come back of the 5.25" HDD? :)
shanky887614 1st July 2010, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast
When are we going to see the come back of the 5.25" HDD? :)

that would be awsome to go back to 5.25" hdd
you could get 50% more storage

and this is with the same area density


personally i wouldnt mind if they did one with 6 or more plater s in one drive although this would mean a lot of pc cases couldnt take them it would give a lot larger capacities
Tulatin 1st July 2010, 17:18 Quote
I wonder what their "Specially engineered solution" to the MBR filesize limit is. They could be skirting the issue with a nice lazy method of shipping it with GPT... but that doesn't seem as nutty as partitioning the drive and presenting them as seperate disks to the OS.
RichCreedy 1st July 2010, 18:22 Quote
its usb3.0 capable, so should be fast enough.

i just got a usb 3 card and dock, did a copy of 15GB in around 3 minutes, compared to the usb 2 version of around 8, and that was using the same hard drive
Fizzban 1st July 2010, 18:46 Quote
Once we start getting 3TB internal drives that will be a great improvement.
l3v1ck 1st July 2010, 18:57 Quote
Shame there's no network port to make it a cheapish NAS.
GregTheRotter 1st July 2010, 21:30 Quote
FFS what happened to e-sata??? :( So much for everyone jumping on board the mobo with e-sata thing.
Me01234 1st July 2010, 21:44 Quote
I noticed on pcpro that the price is $250 in the US but £329 in the UK. which comes to £499.36 at the moment, what's all that about! A straight forward currncy convertion = £164.70
Me01234 1st July 2010, 21:54 Quote
I think I wrote £499 where it should have been $499, not sure as my post wasn't visable
erratum1 2nd July 2010, 03:44 Quote
3TB, Jeez, I wonder what people put on these things thats a huge amount of space. Blu-ray rips maybe ?
The_Beast 2nd July 2010, 04:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by GregTheRotter
FFS what happened to e-sata??? :( So much for everyone jumping on board the mobo with e-sata thing.

All my external drives are eSata.............. and USB 2.0.............. and Firewire
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Originally Posted by erratum1
3TB, Jeez, I wonder what people put on these things thats a huge amount of space. Blu-ray rips maybe ?

pron
Mraedis 2nd July 2010, 09:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by erratum1
3TB, Jeez, I wonder what people put on these things thats a huge amount of space. Blu-ray rips maybe ?

Go to your average LAN-party and you'll need more than 3TB to store all the games, films and music you find. :D
erratum1 2nd July 2010, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast
Quote:
Originally Posted by GregTheRotter
FFS what happened to e-sata??? :( So much for everyone jumping on board the mobo with e-sata thing.

All my external drives are eSata.............. and USB 2.0.............. and Firewire
Quote:
Originally Posted by erratum1
3TB, Jeez, I wonder what people put on these things thats a huge amount of space. Blu-ray rips maybe ?

pron

lol, with that much you would do yourself a mischief.

And then theirs stereoscopic 3d pron, why would you leave the house !
SuicideNeil 3rd July 2010, 00:19 Quote
^Hand cream.
MarkW7 3rd July 2010, 02:13 Quote
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