Posts Tagged 'seagate'

Anything you can do …

Western Digital came out with their FIRST 1TB portable hard drive a few months ago so Seagate has answered with it’s own 1.5TB portable hard drive. And the pissing contest continues, stay tuned! Based of its GoFlex design the unit is USB 3.0 compatible and works for both Macs and PCs. Do you like movies? Because these units come pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures movies that can be unlocked by buying a license online. Available in an assortment of colors to the tune of $250. So if portability is an issue be sure to check out the Seagate lineup.

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3TB External is hot … literally

Look out storage nuts, 3 terabytes is on the horizon. And it’s hot, literally. Anandtech reports that the 3 TB drive gets a little hot when put to work for extended periods. That what happens when you cram 5 platters into a 3.5″ plastic shell with little ventilation. Temperatures sometimes getting as hot as 69 degrees Celsius. Performance suffered as well. The heat issue could come back to bite you in the butt if you have any important data on the drive and happens to fail at a critical moment. However with this external unit available for sale the OEM 3 TB hard drive should be showing up at local retailers shortly.

I would take a pass on this one. Pickup two 1.5TB drives instead. USB 3.0 is nice but not worth the design risk. Also, who carries around 3 TB of data with them? There HAS to be a better way to transport data.

SSD Hybrid to bridge the gap

Although they tried this before with little success there’s something to be said for giving it another go. Hybrid technology can be hit and miss, who knows that this new drive will bring. Seagate is offering up a hybrid drive with SSD technology. Boasting SSD performance while attempting to keep prices reasonable.

The SATA drive (dubbed “Momentus XT”) spins at 7200 RPM, has 32MB of DDR3 cache, and 4GB of SSD capacity. This combination can result in faster applications and access to data compared to traditional hard drive technology. Actual platters should only spin 10% of the time reducing energy costs. Frequently accessed data would be stored on the SSD portion of the drive. 250 GB version is estimated to cost $113.

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A speed test compares this drive to others and the XT doesn’t come out looking so good. Performance is disappointing. Given the price drops in hard drives you should just probably stick with a pure SSD drive if you’re looking for the best performance.

Not enough storage

If you are a data whore you probably already own a NAS where you store all of your home made porn. Well this begs the question what do you do if you have a lot of porn? 2 TB NAS not good enough. 8 TB still not good enough. Heck why not build your own 16 TB NAS from scratch? All you need is some handy welding tools, 8 x 2 TB WD hard drives, ATOM N270 processor and board, and some free time to watch the video. Performance times should look something like 88MB/sec (write) and 266MB/sec (read) rivaling that of most current top end SSD’s. Enjoy!

Perhaps the DIY is not for you. Well meet the new lineup of Seagate’s GoFlex external hard drives. Basically the idea behind this is they are flexible (hence the name). Got a drive with a USB 2.0 connection and have a computer with USB 3.0? No need to buy a new drive with these drives. Simply buy the USB 3.0 adapter/cable and voila, that Seagate GoFlex magically works with whatever connection you require. eSata, Firewire, tv connection, wifi, whatever you need. Expect the other hard drive manufacturers to follow suit.

Seagate 3 TB hard drives will require new motherboards. Should be coming out later this year so hold off on buying those 1.5 TB and 2 TB drives if you can.

Movies on hard drives?

Yes, yes, I know you store you downloaded movies on your external hard drive but did you know that you can now buy them with movies already on them? Seagate has started offering pre-loaded movies on their FreeAgent Go lineup of portable hard drives. No word on how effective the anti piracy method will work but for the law abiding citizens this is a new way to get your movies. First one’s free, the rest will vary between $10 – 15 for an “unlock” code. OR you can just free up the remaining 20GB of storage by deleting the extra folder. I’ll stick with buying my illegal bootlegs. 7 for $20! You just can’t beat that price.

Seagate in a legal pickle

I just found out about this but apparently it’s been going on for 9 years. The beef is between Seagate and Convolve over technology. The patent dispute goes back to 2000, noise reduction technology, and $800 million. Others dragged into the fray are Compaq, Dell, Hitachi, and Western Digital. An insider, Paul A. Galloway, ex Seagate employee claims to be an eye witness who worked on incorporating the technology to Seagate products. There’s also allegations of evidence tampering and if proven true could put Seagate in quite the pickle. The fact that it’s dragged on this long peaks my interest. If it was a minor issue why not just settle and pay the guy a fraction of the claim as hush money. Obviously $800 million is no small beans but it could be a landmark case that could impact hard drives going forward. Stay tuned.

New SSD drive: Pulsar

Looks like Seagate has waiting long enough and has jumped into the SSD market. It’s first branded offering is called the Pulsar. Looks like it’s in a standard 2.5″ shell with a SATA connection. It will be offered in sizes of 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB. Also comes with a 5 year warranty. Seems to be aimed at the enterprise market, expect it to be pricey.


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