Seagate rolls out 1.5TB external whopper
GoFlex gets half as much capacity again
Seagate has crammed 1.5TB in the 2.5-inch external drive format with its latest FreeAgent GoFlex model, meaning you can watch 60 high-definition movies one after the other.
Seagate hasn't said if the drive is a 3-platter job, meaning an outstanding but unlikely 500GB/platter, or a 4-platter one, meaning a more reasonable 375GB/platter. Toshiba has a 2-platter notebook drive with 375GB/platter areal density. Seagate also has a 750GB Momentus 2.5-inch product with the same areal density, spinning at 7200rpm. Perhaps it is a 4-platter version of that product? We have asked Seagate the question but haven't heard back yet.
The achievement of a 1.5TB capacity in this form factor gives Seagate retailer and e-tailer shelf leadership and should help prod Hitachi GST, Toshiba and Western Digital into following suit.
The product comes with a USB 3.0 cable which is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports. From now on all GoFlex external drives will ship with such a cable. Seagate suggests that the drive can transfer a 25GB file in under five minutes versus the 14 minutes it would take using a traditional USB 2.0 drive; basing this on an average transfer rate of 30MB/sec for USB 2.0 and 100MB/sec for USB 3.0.
This drive can be used with an array of add-on cables such as eSATA and FireWire 800, and accessories such as the GoFlex Net media sharing device and the GoFlex TV HD media player. Its enclosure has the same dimensions as the previous 750GB and 1TB models.
The 1.5TB GoFlex is available in the USA today, in black only, and can be bought for $249.99. It will be available outside the US by the year end.
Update: Seagate confirmed it is a 4-platter drive with 375GB per platter and a rotation speed of 5400rpm. ®
is available in the USA today... and can be bought for $249.99
which will naturally be £250 in the UK, damn their thieving eyes.
Host powered? or power brick?
There is no mention of how the thing is powered in the article.
I went to look at the press release, which says it comes formatted NTFS, but makes no mention of the power brick. It does say "all in one" so perhaps there isn't one. The box shot on engadget allows you to read the 'whats in the box' bit, and there is no mention of a power adaptor there.
So perhaps its host powered? Is that right?
Could be 4 platters
A good few years ago I had an IBM 18GB 4 platter 12.5mm drive. My employer was kind enough to cough the £400 or so it cost. Even bought me a replacement when I dropped it a week later.
I'm guessing it's 3x500GB - 320GB platters have been around for a while now and it's not that big a leap (and a chunk of it comes from going advanced format anyways).
Nice though - soon comes the time to migrate my media stash to quiet and small 2.5" drives.