Tuesday, September 21st 2010

Seagate Introduces Industry's First 1.5 TB Portable External Drive

Designed to address the explosive worldwide demand for digital storage, Seagate today launched the world’s first 1.5 terabyte (TB) 2.5-inch portable external drive. Available immediately, the new 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex ultra-portable drive delivers an all-in-one, technically advanced solution to help store, share and enjoy libraries of digital content in one’s preferred medium—whether on a Mac or PC, or a television, at home or on the go. With 1.5TB of capacity people can now store and carry up to 60 HD movies, 750 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

“Today’s announcement is a ‘triple-crown’ of consumer technology—packaging record breaking capacity, blazingly fast USB 3.0 connectivity and the bonus of movie entertainment—making the 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive an unprecedented and innovative solution,” said Darcy Clarkson, vice president of Global Retail Sales and Marketing for Seagate. “Bringing this solution to market on the heels of our 3TB GoFlex Desk drive and the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive is proof of Seagate’s continuing technology leadership and tradition of setting storage industry milestones.”

Shipping now in the United States and rolling out globally later this year, all 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drives will ship with a USB 3.0 interface cable, accelerating the transfer speed of a drive up to 10x when connected to a USB 3.0 port, when compared to a USB 2.0 port. For example, a drive using a USB 3.0 connection can transfer a 25GB file in under five minutes versus the 14 minutes it would take using a traditional USB 2.0 drive. In addition, all GoFlex ultra portable drives will now also ship with the new Superspeed USB 3.0 cable, which will still continue to work with existing USB 2.0 ports.

“Consumers continue to push the growth of digital music, photos, and video content, and increasingly want access to this content from a variety of CE devices, including a PC,” says John Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. “Higher capacity disk drives in combination with higher bandwidth interfaces like USB 3.0 will help to make a greater number of large multimedia files more accessible from multiple devices in the home.”

A key addition to the GoFlex family, the new 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive delivers ultimate flexibility in how people collect, protect, share and enjoy their digital libraries, all in a convenient compact package. In addition to coming bundled with USB 3.0 connectivity, the drive can be used with an array of add-on cables and accessories such as the GoFlex Net media sharing device and the GoFlex TV HD media player, that provide the flexibility to enjoy your content on a TV, a network, using a mobile device, or via the Internet.

All 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drives are compatible with both the Windows operating system and Mac OS X computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the hard drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on the Mac OS X computer, allowing it to read and write files on a Windows formatted drive.

The 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive with USB 3.0 adapter is available in black and can be purchased through select retailers for $249.99.
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10 Comments on Seagate Introduces Industry's First 1.5 TB Portable External Drive

#1
983264
Portability has gotten better...
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#2
RejZoR
I'm assuming it's getting power through USB only, like those WD My Passport drives right? These essentially work like an USB drive since they only take up 1 USB port and they don't need power socket to be nearby. Well, except they are slightly bigger. But size is easily downplayed by the massive capacity. There is still no 1,5GB sized flash drive...
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#3
DanishDevil
Yes, powered through USB only. I have the 1TB version of this. And that picture makes it look thinner than it really is.
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#4
DonInKansas
by: RejZoR
I'm assuming it's getting power through USB only, like those WD My Passport drives right? These essentially work like an USB drive since they only take up 1 USB port and they don't need power socket to be nearby. Well, except they are slightly bigger. But size is easily downplayed by the massive capacity. There is still no 1,5GB sized flash drive...
I'll bet there are graphic designers, engineers, and serious pr0n collectors that disagree with you. :laugh:
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#5
RockyCadet
Amazing that there's a portable drive this big. I just recently picked up a portable 320GB but man, 1.5TB?! That's awesome...
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#6
Hayder_Master
it's awesome,2.5 without extra power with 1.5Tb and damn USB 3.0, WOW
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#7
LAN_deRf_HA
How many platters? Might be a durability concern.
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#8
makwy2
Quite Amazing! I hope that this will push down the price of other portable drives just in time for the holidays (in the West, at least). I'm sure this will be useful for many but I'm still hesitant to buy it just because I'm not sure how reliable their platters will be.
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#9
Maban
Can 2.5 inch drives use 4 platters? I know Seagate has 375GB platters. Or is this a completely new 500GB platter? Would be amazing if it is.
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#10
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow USB 3.0 can provide power to a drive that big is pretty awesome. I am loving USB 3.0.
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