Feeds

Seagate's 3TB external drive

New 3.5 inch areal density heights

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Seagate has breached a barrier and introduced a massive 3TB external drive in the form of an updated FreeAgent GoFlex.

The GoFlex line comes with a USB 2.0 adapter which can be changed to either a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 one.

The good news is that can hold masses of videos, movies, music files, or whatever. The drive will continuously back up your desktop PC or Mac and has built-in encryption to keep the contents safe. There is an illuminated capacity gauge — not that you will need it for a good while — and it can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Apparently you'll need 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its full capacity.

Inside the black case is a single 3.5-inch drive about which Seagate is saying exactly nothing. We think it is an unannounced Barracuda or Constellation 7200rpm unit with four platters.

This would mean that each platter holds 750GB — a record in 3.5-inch drive land — and would use a fifth-generation perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and have an areal density above 500Gbit/in2. Existing Barracudas and Constellations use fourth-generation PMR with a 330-350Gbit/in2 areal density.

Seagate already uses this technology in its Momentus 5400.7 2.5-inch notebook drive, which has a capacity of 640GB and an areal density of 507Gbit/in2. Toshiba has a two-platter notebook drive, the MK6465GSX, with a capacity of 640GB and an areal density of 528.5Gbit/in2.

Neither Western Digital nor Hitachi GST has publicly reached such areal density levels, although a 3TB Western Digital drive has been rumoured.

We can expect Seagate to roll this new fifth-gen PMR technology out on its internal drives in the coming weeks or months, with 3TB Barracuda and Constellation models appearing. Western Digital will surely not be far behind.

The 3TB GoFlex costs about $250 (£161) and is available now. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?
China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO
If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.