Sphere silver plated, USB 3.0 1TB drive, available now
(Updated with live images and additional details) Seagate and its LaCie brand have unveiled a host of new products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Among its new products are the Backup Plus Fast 4TB portable hard drive, LaCie Fuel wireless iPad data extender, the LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2, and the silver-plated LaCie Sphere.
Seagate claims that the new tech is already in use in unspecified drives
A breakthrough technology by Seagate claims to be able to exceed the current 1TB per platter mechanical limit, hit at the end of last year. The technology, known as "Shingled Magnetic Recording" (SMR) is expected to boost drive data densities by the beginning of 2014 from the current 1TB maximum to 1.25TB per platter and possibly more, if the technology improves.
Claimed to have similar performance of flash memory in tablets
Seagate has announced a way for manufacturers of Android devices to dramatically increase the storage of future devices, using a similar hard drive to the ones it launched in June. The Ultra Mobile is a 2.5-inch hard drive measuring just 5mm (0.2-inches) thick and weighing 3.3 ounces, allowing it to fit inside the tight confines of typical Android tablets, while also offering up to 500GB of storage capacity.
Dell, Lenovo, others using drive in new products
Storage manufacturer Seagate has launched a new line of ultra-slim 2.5-inch form factor hard disk drives. The new Seagate Laptop Ultrathin line of drives are 5.1mm thick, 3.3 ounces, and come in a maximum capacity of 500GB. Manufacturers Dell and Lenovo have confirmed that some of the Computex-revealed line of slim notebooks and ultrabooks will use this drive.
New drive line available in up to 4TB, 64MB cache capacities
Seagate Technology has announced the new Seagate Video 3.5 HDD -- the industry’s first 4TB, 3.5-inch hard disk drive engineered specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders, set-top boxes, and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content. The drive supports up to 16 simultaneous HD streams or 20 standard-definition streams as well as 24-hour operation capabilities optimizing it for video content applications.
New platter technology reduces heat, energy use, cost
Seagate has announced the availability of a new 4TB 3.5-inch desktop form-factor drive for consumers. While 4TB capacities have been available previously either through striped dual-drive configurations or single-drive options, the newly named STBD4000400 "Desktop HDD.15" (formerly Barracuda) SATA 3 (6Gbps) drive is the first to use 1TB platters.
Google still creating version of Glass for prescription frames
Google has shown it is still developing a version of Glass for wearers of prescription glasses. A photograph on Google+ shows Google employee and wearable computing pioneer Greg Priest-Dorman wearing a version of Glass with the frame seen in the Explorer Edition replaced with seemingly normal glasses. Google states the prescription version will not be ready for release at the same time as the Explorer Edition, but apparently will still make an appearance later this year.
Company has no SSD product line; will likely focus on hybrid drives
Over the weekend, information surfaced that Seagate is ceasing production of 7200RPM 2.5-inch drives before the end of the year. Models affected by the move are the Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT. The company cites the rise of SSDs as the reason for the production stop.
Wireless Plus announced by Seagate
Seagate has announced the upcoming launch of a new wireless hard drive that offers 1 TB of storage. The Wireless Plus features built-in WiFi capabilities that allows the drive to create its own network. Because of this, data can be streamed from the drive directly to another device without the need for any sort of actual internet connection. A 10-hour battery is also built directly into the device, and an included USB 3.0 adapter lets users quickly transfer content between the drive and a computer.
Velvin Hogan accused of misconduct, bias by Samsung
In a filing with Judge Lucy Koh on Friday, Apple claims to have had no knowledge of the landmark patent trial jury foreman's lawsuit with former employer Seagate Technology. Samsung demanded Apple report when it first learned about the litigation in the early '90s in an attempt to at least partially overturn the verdict by convincing the judge that Velvin Hogan acted improperly during both jury selection and deliberations.
Social network backup software also included
Seagate has unveiled a version of its Backup Plus portable and desktop drives for the Mac. The new release includes USB 3.0 support, which did not exist on Macs until the MacBook Pro with Retina was put on the market, though it can be upgraded to use FireWire 800 or a Thunderbolt connection if required, via Seagate's Universal Storage Module technology.
Seagate 1TB drives at risk for failure
Apple has expanded the range of iMacs eligible for a hard drive replacement in its iMac 1TB Seagate replacement program. The program, launched in July of 2011, formerly covered iMacs sold between May and July of 2011. Under the expansion, iMacs with 1TB Seagate hard drives sold between October 2009 and July 2011 will now be eligible for replacements.
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?
Allows for easy social media backup from Facebook, Flickr
With the intent of simplifying users' backup needs, hard drive purveyor Seagate has announced the Backup Plus line of storage. Available in either desktop or portable versions, the drives and the associated Seagate Dashboard software package are capable of not only backing up local data and media, but also making a local copy of photos and content stored on social media, such as Facebook or Flickr, with more services promised for the future.
Seagate buy will include LaCie CEO coming over
Storage drive makers Seagate and LaCie on Wednesday announced an agreement that will see the former buy a majority, 64.5-percent share in LaCie. The deal will see about $186 million change hands, and the product portfolios will be merged. The focus will also be on expanding the storage market in Europe and Japan.
Seagate CEO sees flash too young
Seagate chief Steve Luczo in an interview published late in the week remained skeptical of flash memory. In the sit-down with Forbes, he saw systems like the MacBook Air and Windows ultrabooks as still far too cost-prohibitive to make sense for most users. Befitting his company's heavy dependence on rotating storage, he saw many of those systems either needing a hybrid flash and rotating hard drive or else leaning heavily on cloud storage with a conventional disk.
Seagate HAMR to surge drive storage in years
Seagate on Monday outlined a new technology that promised very high storage density. Heat-assisted magnetic recording, or HAMR, would be just the third major rotating hard drive technique in the market and even in its first generation would lead to one terabit per square inch, a 55 percent boost over today's 620 gigabits per inch. While shy on what HAMR entailed, it noted the technique was delivering performance that had previously been thought "impossible."
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.
FTC imposes restrictions on WD buy of Hitachi
The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that Western Digital sell its desktop hard drive manufacturing assets and some Intellectual Property rights to Toshiba, following its multi-billion purchase of Hitachi. The condition of the sale is needed, the FTC believed, because the original deal would have left WD as one of just two global desktop hard drive makers. The FTC ruled the deal as uncompetitive and feels its ruling will maintain "vigorous competition" in the worldwide market that should result in competitive prices and innovation in the field.
Deals on hard drives, headsets, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, headsets, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Seagate 1.5TB GoFlex Portable Hard Drive, complete with both Mac and PC compatibility, plug-and-play support, and an upgradeable USB 2.0 interface. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has now dropped $80 in price and can be purchased for only $119.99.
Seagate talks about hard drive production in 2012
Storage drive maker Seagate has updated its previous outlook on hard drive shortages due to the floods in Thailand. During its latest results call, it said shipments will be affected well into 2012, and the total shortage is to reach about 150 million units. Another storage drive maker, Western Digital, has stated production volumes won't be resumed until the summer.
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.
Proof of concept creates 4G-capable storage hub
Seagate has teamed with Verizon to demonstrate 4G LTE integrated into a Seagate Mobile Wireless Storage device (not yet pictured) for use with smartphones and tablets. The unit can download music, movies and photos without needing another host network. It can then stream the stored content using Wi-Fi to up to three devices.
Seagate, Samsung complete acquisition process
Hard drive maker Seagate has completed its buyout of Samsung's hard disk drive business first announced back in April. Seagate will take over Samsung's M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch drives and employees such as senior managers, designers and engineers from Samsung's Korean plant. They will continue to focus on small form-factor drives for notebooks and similarly small ahrdware.
Some warranties reduced from 5 years to 1 year
Late last week, Seagate cut the warranty period for many of its popular hard drives. Western Digital (WD) has now followed suit. In some cases, the length of time has been cut from five years to one.
Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hits 750GB with 8GB SSD
Seagate started off Tuesday by shipping its second-generation Momentus XT hybrid drive for notebooks. The upgrade is estimated to be about 70 percent faster than the earlier Momentus even as it goes to 750GB of internal storage. As before, the key is the inclusion of a 8GB solid-state drive, which here is twice as fast as before and should both cache and load much faster.
Seagate update paints dim picture of
Seagate in an update warned that hard drive shortages relating to Thai flooding would last for the long term. It anticipated that shortages would go on for "several quarters." Although supply would improve in 2012, some PC builders would "optimize" by using fewer drives or models with lower capacity.
Deals on storage systems, laptops, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on storage systems, laptops and more. Staples.com is definately doing its best to contribute to the flood of Black Friday deals, and as a result has dropped the price of the Seagate GoFlex 2TB Home Network Storage System, complete with two year limited warranty and wireless file-sharing support. Currently featured at DealNN, this model has now dropped $90 in price and can be purchased for only $129.99.
Company to challenge pending arbitration ruling
Western Digital has revealed that on Friday an arbitrator ruled against the company in a dispute between itself and rival Seagate over alleged misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. The preliminary award is for $525 million, not including any prejudgement interest. WD plans on challenging the award.
Nidec restarts hard drive motor production
Japan's Nidec gave some hope to a quicker end to Thai flood-related drive shortages after it stated Monday that it had already resumed making hard drive motors in its factories in Ayutthaya. The company is responsible for making nearly 75 percent of the drive motors in the world and could ease production supplies at companies like Seagate, which are indirectly affected. Production in mainland China and the Philippines was also increasing and could help mitigate other losses, to the point where it was making 100 million motors just in the next quarter.
Seagate narrows Barracuda line, claims simplicity
Seagate on Tuesday cut down its Barracuda desktop hard drives to just one core model line in what may be as much a supply issue as simplification. It will drop both the Barracuda Green and XT lines and fold some of their features into the main series, with performance features like SmartAlign (4K data block) formatting and hybrid SSD/hard drive models simply showing up in the regular line. Storage will start at 250GB and peak at the previous 3TB.
Seagate and WD outline Thai flooding damage
Seagate and Western Digital both warned late this week that continued flooding in Thailand was worsening shortages. Western Digital has been the worst affected and anticipated a major hit to supply of its hard drives made in the country. Seagate's main plants were unaffected so far, but many of the smaller companies supplying parts were temporarily shut down, the company said.
Troubled waters also impact hard drive production
Sony has warned that it has delayed indefinitely the introduction of two of its latest cameras as a result of recent flooding in Thailand. The company has been forced to shut down two of its three production units in the country, including those that had been preparing to roll out the new NEX-7 and Alpha A65 cameras. A worldwide shortage of hard drives as well is expected in the aftermath of the flooding.
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.
Sold between May and July of this year
Apple is offering a free replacement for a "very small" number of 1TB Seagate drives used in 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs sold between May and July of this year, the company notes. The drives can be replaced free of charge by bringing the unit in to an Apple Retail Store, Authorized Service Provider or other options. Apple has set up a webpage for users to enter their iMac serial number to determine if they qualify for the program.
Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets arrive
Archos took its turn at entering the full Android tablet category Thursday with the formal unveiling of its ninth-generation slates. The eight-inch and 10-inch 80 G9 and 101 G9 will both run Android 3.1 from the start and are unique in depending on spinning hard drives rather than flash. Either uses Seagate's Momentus Thin drives to fit as much as 250GB of storage.
Deals on hard drives, power supplies, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, power supplies, and more. Macmall.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 320GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, which features the Seagate Dashboard management tool, powerful encryption software, and a 90 day warranty for both parts and labor. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has recently dropped from $79.99 down to only $36.99, and offers savings of up to $43.
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 shows first 3TB, 1TB per platter drive
Seagate on Tuesday brought out a world-first hard drive for storage density. The 3.5-inch drive breaks the 1TB per platter barrier and will first be available in the company's GoFlex Desk external drives. The drive has an areal density of 625 gigabits (78.13GB) per square inch, which is the highest in the industry.
Samsung and Seagate strike hard drive union
Samsung and Seagate on Tuesday lived up to last-minute rumors by forging a deal for their storage businesses. Under the terms, Samsung will fold its hard drive business into Seagate's while Seagate will in turn give Samsung drives for computers and other devices. Samsung will bring its flash memory into play and feed not just Seagate's enterprise solid-state drives but also hybrid drives and "other products."
Samsung considering selloff of hard drive business
A source claimed Sunday night that Samsung was looking to sell off its hard drive business. The Korean company had set a target price of $1.5 billion but was eager enough to sell it for under $1 billion if it couldn't fetch the intended target. Seagate was the only named candidate from the Wall Street Journal's tip, but it wasn't clear how likely the US company was to land the deal.
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.
Seagate Pulsar 2 SSD packs 800GB, MLC in pro shape
Seagate on Tuesday morning put out four pro drives targeted at both enterprise users and serious users, including a near record-setting SSD. The Pulsar.2 is billed as the first SSD using multi-level cell (MLC) in business and uses the denser storage to boost capacity, but without reducing its lifespan. It can hold as much as 800GB in its 2.5-inch form but can take as many as 15 petabytes of writes, or more than five years if its drive were completely rewritten 10 times every day.
Samsung promises 4TB 3.5-inch hard drives soon
Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers. The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record. Currently, companies can only produce 3TB 3.5-inch hard drives, with each platter at 750MB. The breakthrough also applies to notebooks, as Samsung showed off a 2.5-inch, two-platter, 1TB drive that is compatible with most average notebooks thanks to its standard height.
WD buys Hitachi storage division
Western Digital said on Monday that it was buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for the equivalent of $4.3 billion. The move includes a combination of $3.5 billion in cash as well as shares worth about $750 million. The deal will see the WD name remain but see Hitachi GST's CEO Steve Milligan join WD as president.
Seagate begins shipping 3TB Barracuda XP HDD
Introduced in the fall, Seagate has now began shipping its 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive. The highest capacity hard drive is rare in supporting legacy operating systems such as Windows XP, which can't normally support hard drive capacities higher than 2.1TB. DiscWizard software that's available for download ships with the drive and lets the system read and write to, though not boot from, the extra-large drive.
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 user’s Wi-Fi network for available devices.
Flash memory also said to be contributing factor
Seagate has reported a significant drop in profits, which slid by 72 percent in the recent quarter. The lackluster performance was blamed on weaker-than-expected demand in the consumer computer segment. The rising popularity of flash-based storage is also said to be a minor factor contributing to the slump in HDD sales.