Owners of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Pro who've been wishing the portable hard drive came with USB 3.0 rather than merely USB 2.0 just got their wish.
Seagate announced today a new portable drive in its FreeAgent GoFlex family, the 1.5TB GoFlex Ultra-portable. The drive not only comes with USB 3.0 standard but boasts 1.5TB of storage, making it what appears to be the largest single-volume portable external hard drive currently on the market.
Other than the amount of storage, the new drive has the same superflexible design as the GoFlex Pro, meaning it can be used with any type of connection--be it USB, FireWire, or eSATA--merely by swapping out the adapters.
The GoFlex Ultra-portable comes with a USB 3.0 adapter, while the GoFlex Pro comes with a USB 2.0 adapter. These two adapters, like all GoFlex adapters, can be used interchangeably.
Note, however, that while the GoFlex Pro supports USB 3.0 too, you'll need to buy a separate adapter that costs around $40. Notably, the GoFlex Ultra-portable is the first portable external drive in the GoFlex family to support USB 3.0 out of the box.… Read more
If you are looking for a superfast USB 3.0 external hard drive with redundancy data protection, there's now another option. Following in the footsteps of Sans Digital, LaCie announced Tuesday its own version of a USB 3.0-based external hard drive with RAID support: the LaCie 2big USB 3.0.
The company says that the new drive is available in up to a 4TB capacity and comes with two separate internal hard drives. These hard drives can be set up either in RAID 0 for fast speed and maximum amount of storage (with no data protection) or RAID … Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a first.
Not so long ago, finding a 1-terabyte external hard drive for less than $100 was a big deal. Today, a 2-terabyte drive has broken that same barrier.
Woot spinoff site Moofi has a SimpleDrive 2TB Turbo USB hard drive for $99.99, plus $5 for shipping. This is a new drive, not a refurb, and it comes with a very impressive 3-year warranty.
The SimpleDrive is, well, simple, a basic black mini-monolith that can sit flat or stand upright. As an aesthetic bonus, it comes in a curvy case, not some boring flat … Read more
Lacie dropped two new USB 3.0-powered external hard drives Wednesday--a high-speed 3.0 update to the CNET-favored Rikiki and the sexy aluminum Minimus USB 3.0 desktop hard drive. Both externals are wrapped in brushed aluminum that protects the drive from scratches and light spills and also serves to dissipate heat from the drive while in use.
The two devices are compatible with Mac and PC OS and each comes bundled with 10GB of free Wuala storage in the cloud, making it easy to share files with coworkers and friends. And don't stress if your system isn't fitted with the latest USB 3.0 connection--the drives are also backward-compatible with version 2.0.
The LaCie Rikiki 3.0 will come in 500GB and 1TB capacities, but the LaCie Web site only has the 500GB in stock for $100, just $15 more than the 500GB Rikiki USB 2.0. Alternatively, the LaCie lists the 1TB Minimus USB 3.0 for $130. Both drives are available now.
More pictures of both drives after the jump.… Read more
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