Seagate Ships 4TB Desktop Storage Device

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-07 Print this article Print

That's a lot of storage in a $250 toaster-sized desktop device, especially when one realizes that the entire Library of Congress, if digitized, could be contained in a mere 1TB of capacity.

As they have for more than a decade, makers of storage systems for consumers and small and midsize businesses continue to leapfrog over each other when it comes to aerial density and overall storage capacity in their devices.

The latest such example is Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), which on Sept. 7 announced it is now shipping a new 4TB GoFlex Desk 3.5-inch external hard drive. The company contends that this is the highest-capacity consumer- and small-business hard drive now available.

The new drive has the space to contain over 2,000 high-definition movies, said Patrick Connolly, Seagate vice president and general manager of retail products.

That's a lot of storage in a toaster-sized desktop device, especially when one realizes that the entire Library of Congress, if digitized, could be contained in a mere 1TB of capacity. It is also significant that this device will retail for $250.

The 4TB devices are Windows- and Mac OS X-compatible and have the flexibility to go between both operating systems, Seagate said. In addition to cross-platform compatibility, the GoFlex Desk drive can also be utilized with the GoFlex Home adapter, if one chooses to use it as a network drive.

With the pre-loaded Memeo backup software, the GoFlex Desk external drive provides automatic, continuous backup with encryption for all files. It includes a USB 3.0 adapter that works with USB 2.0 ports, making it easy to connect to a Windows or Mac computer. The adapter also features an illuminated gauge to display available space on the drive.

The GoFlexes made their debut in May 2010 (see a slideshow on the launch event here). This has become a hot-selling product line for Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Seagate.

A GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive, featuring both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0, will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month, Seagate said.

The new 4TB GoFlex Desk drive is now available from the Seagate Website and will be available from select online retailers this month for $249.99. 


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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