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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive: Near SSD Performance / Much Less Cost

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:00 AM

"Last year, Seagate threw the storage world a curve when it released the original Momentus XT, a 7,200-rpm 250 or 500GB hard drive with the ability to cache your most commonly used files on its 4GB of Flash memory for faster app opens, boots, and other frequent reads. Today, the company announced its next-gen Momentus XT, which ups the capacity to 750GB, the flash memory to 8GB, and the interface to SATA 6Gb/s, all while promising even more intelligent caching."

I've been waiting for these "hybrid drives" to appear on the scene. The first test example shows an improvement opening an Excel spreadsheet from about a minute at first open down to about 6 seconds for subsequent opens of the file. The 8GB cache (flash memory) provides impressive performance from the second open onward, with almost everything being faster than the native drive, but slower than the tested (but much more expensive) SSD. Seagate has reserved space for OS (boot files) caching on the solid state portion of the drive, and it is effective, lowering boot times from over 81 seconds on a 7200 rpm drive, to about 37 seconds. The SSD boot time was about 27 seconds.

Performance aside, looking at cost per gigabyte, the Momentus XT provides a lot of bang for the buck. At $0.33 per GB, it costs more than the plain vanilla test hard drive at $0.19 per GB, but the tested SSD (Samsung 830) drives cost from $1.51 to $1.65 per GB, depending on size. It is very clear that the Momentus XT gives much of the benefit of an SSD drive, at a fraction of the cost. Way to go Seagate!

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

"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 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?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Seagate Delivers Unmatched Price-Performance Storage For World's First Tablet's Featuring Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 09:45 AM

"Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) is delivering hard disk drive storage for the world's first handheld tablet computers with hard drives. The ARCHOS G9 8- and 10-inch tablets, announced today in Paris, feature the Seagate Momentus® Thin hard drive, a speedy notebook drive with a super-slim 7mm profile. The performance and capacity of the Momentus Thin drive are the perfect complement for the cutting-edge speed of the ARCHOS G9 family of tablets that features the industry's fastest dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and, on the strength of the Momentus Thin drive, gives users 250GB of capacity, eight times more than a standard 32GB tablet but at the same cost, making the ARCHOS G9 one of the tablet industry's best cost-performance values."

A hard drive that's only 7mm thin? Now that's impressive. 250 GB of storage on a tablet really changes the game when it comes to storage; if you're a movie, photo or music enthusiast, being able to carry all your media content on your tablet would be fantastic. Myself, I'd need 60 GB for all my photos (with some videos thrown in the mix), and another 99 GB to carry all my music. It will be 2016 until I'm able to get anywhere near that with Flash storage. On the flip side, even with as good as hard drives have become with shock tolerance, I'd feel like I'd have to treat the tablet in a more gentle fashion knowing that it had a spinning hard drive in it. It's a trade off to be sure. These two Archos tablets sound pretty interesting though - an 8 inch tablet with a dual-core 1.5 Ghz CPU for $279? Hmm. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Additional External Storage Solution For Mobile Devices

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"While Seagate went the mass storage route with a 500GB hard drive, today Kingston is announcing its Wi-Drive an external 16GB or 32GB wireless addition designed for mobile devices. The Wi-Drive can support up to three simultaneous users either through a free iOS app or by connecting to the Wi-Drive via a web browser."

As mobile devices proliferate, as the software capabilities for them expand, and as we get better at using them as an integral part of our our work and leisure, the need for more flexible and larger storage solutions becomes more apparent. There are solutions on the market now, including the Wi-Drive from Kingston. Data is loaded onto the Wi-Drive using a USB connection, and that data is accessed from your mobile device over your wi-fi connection. The Wi-Drive can support up to three simultaneous users either through a free iOS app or by connecting to the Wi-Drive via a web browser. Hit the Read link for additional info about this and a competitor drive from Seagate.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seagate Releases The GoFlex Slim Portable Hard Drive

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

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

"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 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!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seagate Sets New Areal Density Record for Portable Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:32 PM

"What's more significant about 1TB in this new form factor is that in order to make a drive at this capacity, Seagate reached a NEW areal density record-500GB-per platter! Areal density, which is also alternatively referred to as bit density, is the measurement of how much data can fit on an electronic storage device and is expressed in the number of bits that can be found in every square inch of space on the device. Translated into layman's terms , this essentially means that the greater the areal density, the more data can be stored in a smaller amount of physical space. Larger areal density also means faster transfer of data on a computer because the device drive doesn't have to look as far for the data."

It's quite staggering how much storage they can cram into a portable hard drive these days - yesterday afternoon a Seagate 1.5 TB FreeAgent GoFlex drive appeared on my doorstep, and I was amazed that 1500 GB worth of storage could be so small. I think this announcement is even more impressive though - Seagate has been able to shrink the chassis size down considerably (above is a before and after image), and even better boost speed. I've been told that the new 1 TB drive, using H2Bench as a measurement tool, cranks out 100 MB/s (not sure if that's read or write) compared to 83 MB/s from the previous 750 GB drive. Smaller? Faster? And USB 3.0 right out of the box? Sold!

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

"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.

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.


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


  • 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...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Segate Debuts GoFlex Home, A Network Storage System

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

"Seagate today unveiled the newest addition to its GoFlexTM family of hard drives-the GoFlexTM Home network storage system. When this easy-to-use device is connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store, easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from both Windows® and Mac OS® X operating systems on the home[1] network. The new centralized storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with Apple® Time Machine®, as well as including a version of the backup application for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. With the GoFlex Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos, movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game consoles or a GoFlexTM TV HD media player, from any room in the house. With just two cable connections and a simple, illustrated, step-by-step installation tool that gets the device up and running in minutes, the GoFlex Home system solves the household storage puzzle in a snap."

I have a Windows Home Server, and for the most part am quite fond of it, but despite Microsoft's best efforts, it's still too complex of a system for the average home user to implement. Seagate is entering the already very crowded NAS space, but they could be on to something here with the GoFlex Home. The price of the 1 TB model is only $159.99 USD, and the price of the 2 TB model is $229.99. I think $160 is quite affordable for network-level backup, and is much cheaper than even the least expensive Windows Home Server. We'll see if we can get our hands on one for review - stay tuned!

The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

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

"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?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Seagate Announce New GoFlex Range

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"We all knew Seagate's FreeAgent line couldn't hang around forever, and tonight the storage mainstay has revealed the next logical step for the line. The GoFlex family is one of the more varied ranges out there from any hard drive maker, with the primary intent on the HDD side being to create drives (ranging from 320GB to 2TB) that are friendly with both Macs and PCs (simultaneously) while also giving users the ability to upgrade their connection or switch it out depending on what workstation they interface with."

Seagate have announced the replacement for the FreeAgent line of portable hard drives that has served them well for a long time now. The new GoFlex range has the usual USB 2.0 connections but can also handle USB 3.0, firewire and eSATA through it's new GoFlex cable system. There is also a new HD media player in the GoFlex range, as well as a Net Media sharing device. More details and a link to the press release can be found on Engadget.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Seagate's BlackArmor PS 110 Portable USB 3.0 Drive

Posted by Jeff Deneen in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Portable Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
Where to Buy: Seagate; newegg.
Price: $179.99
System Requirements: ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 card; Power Dongle; USB Cable


  • Form Factor;
  • Back-up software included;
  • USB 3.0 Speed;
  • Capacity.


  • Until you have USB 3.0 in your laptop, you have to use an ExpressCard/34 card.

Summary: This is one of the first USB 3.0 Portable Drives to hit the market. Having half a terabyte in your hands is great, especially if you are a road warrior. The Seagate BlackArmor drive delivers speed, capacity, and portability in a solid, user friendly, package that provides for a complete system recovery in the palm of your hand or enough video for a weeks' worth of trade show video demos. It is a valuable addition to any traveler.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Hard Drive Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM

"It was a big month for storage. Not only did Western Digital bring to the market the first 2TB consumer hard drive, but Seagate came to the game with another milestone: a two-platter 1TB drive. Both offerings contain 500GB platters, the highest platter density yet achieved. The Barracuda 7200.12 1TB is the first drive we've tested from the 12th generation of Seagate's 7,200rpm Barracuda line, and it's Seagate's best chance for a fresh start following the firmware issues that plagued its 7200.11 line."

High-density platters mean high-performance, and this new drive from Seagate doesn't dissapoint: the read and write speeds of the Barracuda 7200.12 drive get within striking distace of the very fast Western Digital Velociraptor. Sustained write speeds are 99.3 MB/s, and sustained read speeds break the 100 MB/s barrier. This is one fast drive - and when you consider that is selling them for $89.99 USD [Affiliate], it's a no-brainer if you're in need of a bigger hard drive. Or, even if you don't need more storage space but are using an older hard drive, you'd see a significant speed boost by upgrading to this drive. I've been guilty of holding onto "perfectly good" hard drives that have enough capacity for my needs, but are three or four generations behind in terms of technology - and that drags down performance. I think I might pick one of these up...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Seagate Replicates Apple Time Machine

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"Seagate's objective in designing its Replica backup kit was to make a replica of Time Machine, but for Windows PCs. It works exactly as promised, and in similar fashion to Apple's no-brainer backup system. Plugged in, its setup process was numbingly simple: agree to the TOS and you're about done. It then records a complete backup of your system and begins keeping track of changes you make. By cleverly journaling and organizing each sequential backup, the archive is unlikely to get substantially larger than the system it's attached to. As a result, you can dip into your machine's history, recover files, and restore the system in the event of disaster. It comes with a special boot CD to help in the event of the latter."

Backups are so very important. I'm really surprised Microsoft has not made more of an effort to publicize the tools already available. I've been using Microsoft Sync Toy for a while and been very happy with it. I have an automated daily job that syncs all my data to a second physical drive in my desktop. I've also got two manual jobs that I run less regularly, one syncs to a network drive and the other to a portable drive which I keep off-site. If you are looking for a turnkey solution, with very little setup on your part, this looks like the way to go.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seagate Beings Shipping 320 GB, 7200 RPM Laptop Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:29 PM

"Seagate Momentus 7200.3 hard drive, the 7,200-rpm, 320GB hard drive for mobile computing, powers Dell XPS laptop PCs and will be available soon in select Alienware laptops – making the computer manufacturers first to market with systems featuring 320GB hard drives. “Laptop users want every bit of capacity, performance and durability that desktop PCs deliver,” said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. “The new Momentus 7200.3 hard drive exemplifies Seagate’s focus on delivering leading storage technologies that make it easier to move, use and protect digital information in the home, in the office and on-the-go.” Designed for performance laptops, workstations and small form factor desktop PCs, the Momentus 7200.3 hard drive for on-the-go workers and consumers combines the industry’s lowest power consumption, free-fall protection and industry-leading performance. Seagate’s new 2.5-inch hard drive delivers up to 320GB of capacity and combines a Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with 7200-rpm spin speed and a 16MB cache to enable the highest-performance laptops ever."

People often underestimate the importance of a fast hard drive to the overall performance of a system - between your CPU, RAM, and hard drive, guess what the slowest part of the chain is? The hard drive - so the faster the hard drive you can get, the more responsive your system will be. This is even more critical when it comes to laptops, whose overall performance tends to drag behind that of an equivalent desktop. What I'm really waiting for is the world's first 10,000 RPM laptop hard drive - now that would scream!

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