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Monday, September 12, 2011

Seagate Unveils the World's First 4 TB External Desktop Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:32 AM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pr...goflex-desk-4tb

"Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced it is shipping a new 4TBGoFlex® Desk external hard drive - the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. This latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate's new desktop design. The streamlined industrial design delivers a smaller footprint and better reflects the aesthetic of today's modern offices while still providing all of the benefits of previous generations of the GoFlex drives. The new 4TB GoFlex Desk is now available from www.seagate.com and will be available from select online retailers next month for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $249.99 USD. The entire line of GoFlex Desk products will also adopt the new industrial design in the coming weeks. The GoFlex Desk for Mac featuring both Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month."

And the march toward larger and larger storage goes on. It's impressive to see a 4 TB hard drive, though the number of end users that need that kind of storage can't be very big. I'm personally looking forward to 4 TB hard drives because I've been ripping my DVDs and Blu-ray discs to ISO format and space vanishes quickly when you've got 8 GB (DVD) and 50 GB (Blu-ray) ISO files. 99.999% of people aren't going to do that though, so how many of you need/want a 4 TB storage drive?


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seagate Releases The GoFlex Slim Portable Hard Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:05 PM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pr...ro1-goflex-slim

If you're looking for the most portable hard drive on the planet, look no further: Seagate has released the GoFlex Slim. It's a 320 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive that even inside the enclosure is only 9 mm thick. I'll be writing a brief review about this product in the coming weeks, but let me say this: it's crazy thin, and crazy fast - the USB 3.0 connection slurps down big files at over 150 MB/s based on a test I just did. Pricing is reasonable at $99 USD, and the drive has a really nice anodized finish. Mac compatibility right out of the box as well of course!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sabio Products Releases Small Dual-Drive RAID Enclosure

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:39 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/sabio_dm2-pt/

"Sabio Products, a leading provider of external storage solutions for digital imaging, creative professionals, offices and ‘prosumers' who need large capacity, high speed, professional grade content protection, announced the availability of the DM2PT - an extremely small footprint, 2 drive, RAID enabled external storage solution with exceptional data transfer rates of more than a 115MBps. This all-in-one, high capacity, portable content backup and storage solution has been specifically designed for the studio, office, home or field environment and because of its built in RAID controller with RAID 0, 1, JBOD and span configurations is ideal for any data imaging, HD 1080 video editing, DSLR photography, JPEG/RAW imaging or straight forward media protection and back up application."

The design isn't quite as slick as Seagate's Data Lunchbox prototype, but the basic functions are all there and I'll take a real product that I can buy over one I can't any day. However, it's weird not to see USB 3.0 supported - and what's with the 115 MB/s data rate? What type of connection did they use that on? That's about half what the Seagate Data Lunchbox was doing over USB 3.0 in RAID 0, but 115 MB/s is more than you'd get over USB 2.0...so is that over eSATA? I'm also unsure of the price - I did a little hunting and couldn't come up with anything. I think Seagate's GoFlex solution is more elegant - there's no point having a drive with all those connectors if you don't need them.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CES 2011: Seagate's "Data "Lunchbox" Prototype Hard Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:48 PM

While at CES 2011, one of the more interesting things I saw was a Seagate product that's in the prototype phase - it's affectionately called the "Data Lunchbox" product. In short, it's two 7mm Seagate Momentus hard drives (320 GB or 500 GB capacity) in a single external USB 3.0 drive chassis, along with a RAID controller chip. When configured in RAID 0 for speed, the product - remember it's still in the prototype stage - can hit 235 MB/s read and 228 MB/s write speeds. That out-guns the Intel SSD they were benchmarking it against, which hit 203 MB/s read and 154 MB/s write speeds. If you've ever needed to move big files in a hurry, you'd appreciate that level of speed. Alternatively, the product can be configured for RAID 1, which would mean as you put data onto it, you'll have a duplicate of every file.

What's particularly exciting to me about this product is that it's exactly what I've wanted for quite a while - when I travel and I shoot photos and HD video, hard drive space runs out quick...especially when I only have a 128 GB SSD in my laptop. The ability to put that media content on an external drive, and have it backed up to a second disk, would be fantastic. Add in Seagate's GoFlex technology - which allows you to swap out different cables for connectivity - and you have a solution that I think a lot of photographers and videographers would be excited to purchase.

Want to see this product come to market? Send a message to @seagate on Twitter and tell them that you want to see the Data Lunchbox product get released. Let's make this happen!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hitachi LifeStudio Plus 500 GB Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:46 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re...us_500gb_review

"Ever heard the phrase, "Do one thing, and do it well?" Hitachi surely has. The company took that advice, considered it, threw it out the window, and released an external backup drive bundled with a media suite that does many things-some of them potentially interesting, but none of them particularly well. The Hitachi LifeStudio Plus is an external backup drive with an interesting dock, a cool companion USB key, and a clunky, awkward integrated software suite."

Hitachi's concept seems like a solid one, but they dropped the ball with the software - and, let's face it, this isn't the first time we've seen this. Hardware companies tend to be good at hardware, and when it comes to software, they go looking for partners that have what they think they need...but it rarely ends up being a best-of-breed solution. Sorry Hitachi, maybe next time.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1.5 Terabytes That You Can Slip Into Your Pocket? Seagate Says "Yes, Here You Go!"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pr...able-hard-drive

"SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 21, 2010 - Designed to address the explosive worldwide demand for digital storage, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) today launched the world's first 1.5 terabyte (TB) 2.5-inch portable external drive. Available immediately, the new 1.5TB FreeAgent® GoFlexTM ultra-portable drive delivers an all-in-one, technically advanced solution to help jump-start, build, store 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 tens of thousands hours of digital music."

There's not a lot you can do to make hard drives exciting beyond offering them with more storage, or faster speeds - but Seagate is giving it their best shot with the FreeAgent GoFlex drive, which offers both. First we have the 1.5 terabytes of storage - that's an amazing amount of storage for a drive that you can fit in your pocket! They've added speed as well with the USB 3.0 connection; I don't have a single computer with USB 3.0 yet - and realistically, USB 3.0 won't be common until Intel and AMD support it at the core chipset level - but it's important for accessory makers like Seagate to bring products like this to the market to drive adoption. The nice thing about USB 3.0 is that it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you're not losing anything by purchasing products with it - and when you to get a computer with USB 3.0, products like this one will become even faster. Nice!

Like all Seagate GoFlex drives, it comes with an OS X NTFS driver, so it will work on both your Mac and PC without re-formatting. And you can swap the cable for Firewire 800 (it's an additional accessory) if you're so inclined to get a boost in speed over USB 2.0 on your Mac.

A little bit of extra icing on the cake: you'll get a free digital copy of the most recent Star Trek movie, and the option to purchase unlock codes for 20 other Paramount movies. I wonder if it's an HD copy of the movie? I suspect not. Still, not a bad little bonus!

Full press release after the break. Read more...


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Backing It Up At Home: The Seagate GoFlex Home Network Storage System

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Network Attached Storage System
Manufacturer: Seagate
Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate]
Price: $159.00 USD
System Requirements: Router with an available Ethernet port–WiFi router required for wireless file access and backup; Internet connection for activation and Internet file sharing; Internet Explorer® 7, Firefox® 3.x, Chrome 4.x, Safari® 3, or later web browser; Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP or Mac OS® X 10.4.9 or later operating system, and, of course, data needing to be stored.
Specifications: 3.13in L x 5.31in W x 6.75in H (80mm x 135mm x 171mm). Weight: 2.81lb (1.28kg); Available in 1 TB and 2 TB sizes.

Pros:

  • Small & Self Contained;
  • Basic Backup Software Included;
  • USB Port.

Cons:

  • Administrative Interface Is Not User Friendly;
  • Flaky Time Machine Backups;
  • Lack of SSH Access.

Summary: Seagate's GoFlex Home Provides a bare-bones Network Attached Storage (NAS) System for a reasonable price. It's set-and-forget configuration lets you rest easy knowing your backups are done automatically in the background while you work or sleep. But does it do enough for hardcore users? And will it keep normal users safe? Read more...


Thursday, August 12, 2010

The External USB Drive Iron Man Would Use

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

https://iosafe.com/home

"ioSafe designs and manufactures disaster-proof hardware to protect digital assets, photos and video. Using its patented technologies, ioSafe offers a new breed of data storage systems and hard drives. Like an aircraft black box, ioSafe network storage, USB devices and internal hard drives provide complete protection for your personal and business data. Today, ioSafe offers fireproof hard drives that can survive floods at price points everyone can afford."

You may scoff at $250 for a 500 GB external drive, but for all practical purposes, this thing is indestructible. In addition, when I dug through the specs, I noted that these drives include a $1,000 credit toward data recovery in the event of a disk failure. So, while I'd still recommend frequent backups -- stored off-site -- this product looks like a pretty good way of avoiding some of the risks of an onsite backup solution.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Seagate Unleashes Massive 3 Terabyte GoFlex Desk External Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 PM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pr...top-hard-drive/

"The GoFlex Desk external drive gives you plenty of storage capacity and it's easy to upgrade to any interface you choose. Simply pair the desktop hard drive with a GoFlex USB 3.0 or FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter to increase your performance by up to 10 times. Works interchangeably between a PC or a Mac computer."

Sweet mother of megabytes! That's a crazy amount of storage right there - 3000 GB to be exact. Well, OK, not exactly because of the whole 1024 bytes thing, but close enough. The GoFlex Desk uses the GoFlex cable system, which means you can swap out the USB 2.0 cable for a USB 3.0 cable once you get a PC that has USB 3.0, or you can switch to an eSATA cable or Firewire 800 cable as well. Not bad! Another interesting thing is the Mac OS X compatibility - Seagate offers an NTFS driver on the drive, and once you install it on your Mac, it can read and write to the drive without trouble. I've tested this technology, and it works great. So, is there a 3 TB drive in your future?


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