Seagate Enters External Hard Drive Market
Seagate Technology last week entered the external hard drive market, announcing 160-GB and 200-GB models that have already begun to ship to retailers. The drives come with button for automatic backup.Seagate Technology Inc. entered the external hard drive market last week, announcing 160-GB and 200-GB models that have already begun to ship to retailers. The drives come with button for automatic backup. Seagate follows both Maxtor and Western Digital into the external drive market, which consumers are beginning to use as a convenient means of backing up data, replacing CD-RWs or even tape drives. Seagates entry, known simply as the External Hard Drive, will be the most rugged drive on the market, the company said. "This is a good time to be part of the external hard drive marketexternal drives are a significant and growing piece of the total retail hard drive market," said John Paulsen, a spokesman for Seagate.
Both the 160-Gbyte and 200-Gbyte drives, priced at around $269 and $299, respectively, are currently available in the U.S. at Best Buy, CompUSA, DataVision and J&R stores, and online at PC Connection, Multiple Zones, MicroWarehouse and 4sure.com. Currently, Seagate is only shipping the drives to American customers; the company will add worldwide distribution in 2004, the company said.