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

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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.

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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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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.
Maybe it's 3 2.5in drives.
 
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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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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.
Maybe saving that for their next version lol.
 

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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.
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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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.
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 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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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...????
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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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...
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.