The Seagate GoFlex Desk. (Credit: Seagate)
Seagate today announced the first 3TB drive, but it's not the Enterprise drive everyone was expecting. Instead, it's popped up in an external drive.
The Seagate GoFlex Desk, along with several other products was announced today, in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities, although the highest capacity likely won't be seen in Australia until July.
The GoFlex external hard drive range features interchangeable adapters that allow you to connect via USB 2.0, 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 by snapping a different cable into the drive. The drives come with USB 2.0 by default, and of course every single other adapter is an extra purchase you'll need to make.
These are no ordinary cables though — Seagate has broken out the logic board from the external drive casing and placed it in the cable, meaning its current offerings are simply bare drives, with their SATA and power connectors exposed. The cable then simply clips onto these standard connectors, and the translation is done through the logic board in the cable.
For those who just thought "sounds expensive", they'd be right. A USB 2.0 cable comes with the drives, but you can buy an extra one for AU$29. Elsewhere though, it just gets silly — USB 3.0 pushes up to AU$39, FireWire 800 is AU$69, and eSATA is AU$49 on top of the price you've already paid for your drive. If you've bought the GoFlex Desk, then the optional USB 3.0 and FireWire cables will set you back AU$69 a pop. There's even an "auto backup" cable for AU$49 that apparently puts backup in hardware, but we've got no idea how this functions as it wasn't on demonstration.
Adding to the complication, is that while the USB 2.0 cable itself is removable from the logic board component, it's fused together for every other cable, meaning if you somehow damage the cable alone you're up for the cost of a full logic board again.
Of particular note on all Seagate's drives was the inclusion of Paragon's NTFS for Mac, allowing OS X to write to the NTFS formatted drive.
Seagate also pushed out the Pogoplug powered GoFlex Net, allowing you to dock two external drives and share them over your network and the internet, and the GoFlex TV, effectively the next generation of its FreeAgent Theater units. They're priced at AU$129 and AU$159 respectively.
You'll start seeing the GoFlex range pop up in Australia between late May and June.
|GoFlex||500GB||5400rpm||Silver, black, red, blue||AU$139.99|