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Seagate Breaks Capacity Ceiling With World's First 3 Terabyte External Desktop Drive

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  1. btarunr

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    Putting more terabytes in the hands of consumers worldwide, Seagate, the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced the world's first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive. Available immediately, the 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard drive helps to meet the explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. With 3TB of capacity people can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

    A key addition to the company's recently introduced GoFlex family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive's USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can easily create, store and access content from either a Windows or Mac OS X computer on the GoFlex Desk external drive, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

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    "Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. "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."

    A recent report by Parks Associates indicates the average consumer household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900GB by year-end 2014, driven in large part by video downloads, managed copies of Blu-ray Disc, and increasing use of DVR recording capabilities. The GoFlex Desk external drive delivers unconstrained, high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with software file encryption to help keep all data safe and secure. The standard USB 2.0 interface can be upgraded to USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 by coupling the drive with the appropriate GoFlex desktop adapter to increase file transfer performance by up to 10x for easier copying or sharing of files.

    "As the definition quality of digital cameras increases, playback devices such as digital photo frames and MP3 players proliferate and the use of the Internet for downloading music and video continues to grow, more files accumulate in the home," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principle analyst of Parks Associates. "Consumers who are active in digital media creation and consumption will witness their digital media storage needs grow nine-fold by 2014, driving the demand for higher capacity, easy-to-use storage solutions."

    The GoFlex Desk external drive is compatible with both the Windows operating system and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer, allowing it to read and write files on a Windows formatted drive. Its sleek black , 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.

    The 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive with USB 2.0 adapter can be purchased on Seagate.com and through select retailers for $249.99.
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    Judging by the physical dimensions it seems to be a single hdd in that enclosure. Could it be a six 500GB platter pretty thick drive? Since they don't have a 3TB usual form factor hdd it kinda makes sence they put a unusual form factor in a external rack.
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    Maybe it's 3 2.5in drives.
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    That's even more far fetched imho considering the price, availability and enclosure complexity.
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    How is it possible to upgrade the drive to USB 3.0 via an adapter? That's odd.
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    hope we won't see another title: "Seagate Breaks RMA Ceiling"
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    If you look at the base, it looks like there is possibly 4 leds on the front? Maybe this is simply (4) 750GB hard drives in a JBOD setup. ;)
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    No way. The 4 LEDs are to gauge how much of the drive you've filled up.
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    What I wonder is why ship it with a USB2.0 base instead of the USB3.0 base? The entire USB2.0 base seems totally pointless to me actually, since the USB3.0 base can be used with USB2.0 anyway...

    The USB3.0 base is only $40, so just drop the USB2.0 base, include a USB3.0 base by default, and up the price $20.
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    Because 90% of the people buying them in Best Buy won't own anything USB 3.0 for another 5 years.
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    Maybe saving that for their next version lol.
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    So? They raise the price $20(and I'm being generious assuming that is their cost for the USB3.0 base minus the cost of the USB2.0 base) and advertise it as USB3.0 right out of the box. Even those without USB3.0 will pay the $20 for USB3.0 even if they are going to use it with USB2.0.
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    Doubt a normal person would know what USB 3.0 is. I know I wouldn't pay $20 more for USB 3.0 unless I knew exactly what it is and whether or not I'd benefit from it.
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    I'd love to know what 'video games' they are on about. 3TB fitting 1,500 games means 2GB ish per game. All the games I play are wll over 6-8GB. I haven't seen a game that small for years (except for small games on Steam, but I don't really count them).
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    They probably took all the games out there and averaged them.
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    I sure hope they didn't include the really old 50KB DOS games...
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    i too, want to know if its a single 3TB drive, or two smaller ones.
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    I'd say it's 2 1.5TB drives.
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    It's a 5 x 600GB platter single drive.
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    So what happens when your drive cracks and you lost 3TB of HD movies, music, pictures, etc, and all your collections saved since you were born or something...????
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    That's why you have backups.
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    you realise someone asks that EVERY time a new drive size breakthrough is increased? shit, i remember people saying that about floppies and CD's...
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    Almost as often as you hear, "but will it play Crysis?" :laugh:

    You can back this bad boy up on 2,083,334 3.5" floppies.

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