Is the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter worth the upgrade?
Earlier this year we had the opportunity to review the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter designed for Seagate's portable hard drive range. Seagate has since released the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter which can be used to upgrade its USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 desktop GoFlex drives. The concept is a good one - pay a little more for the Seagate GoFlex drive upfront, but you then have the flexibility to upgrade to a faster I/O as the technology becomes available. So is it worth upgrading your USB drive to Thunderbolt and is it worth the $190 price of admission?
Seagate tackles external Thunderbolt storage
Seagate has continued to expand its GoFlex hard drive system, which features interchangeable interfaces for interoperability between various connection types. The company's latest adapters enable users to upgrade their existing GoFlex drives with a Thunderbolt interface to take advantage of fast transfer speeds on Apple's latest Macs and a number of upcoming Windows machines. In our full review, we'll take a closer look at the Thunderbolt adapter for GoFlex portable drives.
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Seagate GoFlex gets DIY Thunderbolt add-on
Seagate has quietly updated its accessory page with a GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter. The add-on now lets any of Seagate's mobile GoFlex drives use the 10Gbps interface on a Mac or upcoming PCs. The storage designers claim that it's about 20 times faster than USB 2.0, although only if the drive itself can maximize the bus speed.
Seagate GoFlex Desk hits 4TB capacity
Seagate staked out a first for itself in shipping a 4TB version of the GoFlex Desk. The external drive is touted as the first of its kind hitting the capacity and comes with a new design that reduces the practical size of the drive on the desk. It supports USB 3.0 with a bundled adapter for the GoFlex system, which can also jump to eSATA, FireWire 800, or other connectors as they're needed.
Seagate GoFlex Turbo promises fast mobile storage
Seagate on Monday added a high-performance portable hard drive with a rare offer of special support. The GoFlex Turbo brings in-box USB 3.0 support and has a 2.5-inch, 7,200RPM drive to make better use of the faster port. As a GoFlex drive, other adapters can support eSATA or FireWire 800.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite now sees Android
Seagate has given Android users a chance at its GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi hard drive with a new app (free, Android Market). Both smartphone and tablet owners can now get the same locla media sharing features from the drive that iOS users have had since May, whether playing music, photos, and videos or else opening general files. As before, users just need to be within Wi-Fi range of the drive, not the Internet.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite drive reaches FCC
Seagate's plans for a rare truly cable-free hard drive were uncovered through an FCC filing this week. Its GoFlex Satellite would have not just 802.11n Wi-Fi to serve storage on the local network but would have its own battery to operate completely cable-free for hours. An iOS app, GoFlex Media, would let iPad, iPhone, and iPod owners stream music or videos directly from the drive, presumably as a way of giving access to a much larger media library while travelling.
Seagate GoFlex Slim drive shipping
Seagate fulfilled one of its CES promises on Tuesday and shipped the GoFlex Slim. The 320GB disk earns its name from an extremely minimalist shell that leads to a 9mm (0.35in) height about as thick as a pencil. In spite of the size, speed is a major factor and is helped along by a 7,200RPM spin speed and out-of-the-box USB 3.0 support, the combination of which can transfer at up to 40MB per second.
Free companion app for Seagate devices
Seagate has made an iOS companion TV Remote app available on the iTunes App Store for its GoFlex TV and FreeAgent Theater+ HD. The app allows users to remotely control their Seagate devices over Wi-Fi so that they can use it anywhere around the house. When launching it for the first time, the app will automatically scan a userís Wi-Fi network for available devices.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable reaches 1.5TB
Seagate this morning reached another record for storage with a 1.5TB version of the FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable drive. The disk is the first 2.5-inch drive to reach the density and still claims a possible edge in speed. It ships with a USB 3.0 cable that gives it a theoretical 5Gbps peak speed, and as a GoFlex drive it can switch to FireWire 800 or another high-speed format.
We review Seagate GoFlex 3TB Drive, Net, TV
Seagate has been synonymous with storage for decades, but it has often followed a relatively conservative path. GoFlex changes that; it promises to keep external hard drives almost futureproof by making the ports as removable as the drives themselves. With that in mind, we've made a comprehensive review of the main GoFlex lineup, including the GoFlex TV media hub, GoFlex Net network-attached storage hub, and the range-topping 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive.
Seagate GoFlex Home uses external drives for NAS
Seagate dipped into the world of simple network-attached storage by launching the GoFlex Home. The drive potentially avoids the common problems with future upgrades by using its own GoFlex system for the storage: the NAS has a modular base that takes any single disk, desktop-sized GoFlex drive for a swap up in capacity without having to replace the drive or open a bay door. Trumping some drives, the Home has its own Wi-Fi and doesn't need to be plugged in solely through Ethernet.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk hits 3TB
Seagate claimed a record in storage today by launching a 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk drive. The first of its kind packs a single, 3TB disk inside and is large enough to need a 64-bit OS to work: it needs either Mac OS X Snow Leopard and either Windows 7 or Vista in their 64-bit versions to see more than the 2.1TB inherent to drives on most 32-bit platforms. Windows XP may not be usable at all.
Seagate GoFlex drives, media hub debut
Seagate tonight overhauled its entire external hard drive line in a way that renders them much more future proof. GoFlex supports USB 2.0 natively but has a unique cable system that adapts the drives to different standards or features. A drive could be upgraded to USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 just by getting the relevant adapter; an automatic backup cable can turn the drive into a backup system without needing more elaborate hardware.