Seagate Ships First 1.5TB Drive with USB 3.0

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-21 Print this article Print

With its newest FreeAgent GoFlex device, Seagate figures users can store up to 60 high-definition movies, about 750 video games, or tens of thousands of hours of digital music.

Seagate Technology, which introduced the first multiplatter, 3TB portable storage device only three months ago, on Sept. 21 added another item to its list of breakthroughs by launching the first 1.5TB 2.5-inch portable external drive.

With that kind of storage capacity in its newest FreeAgent GoFlex, Seagate figures users can store up to 60 high-definition movies, about 750 video games, thousands of photos or tens of thousands of hours of digital music.

All of the company's new GoFlex drives -- including the 1.5TB model -- ship with a USB 3.0 interface cable, which greatly accelerates the transfer speed of a drive when connected to a 3.0 port.

Seagate claims USB 3.0 to a USB 3.0 port provides up to 10 times greater transfer speeds as compared to being connected to a USB 2.0 port.

Seagate said it is pricing the latest FreeAgent GoFlex device at $250. The new 1.5TB GoFlex is now shipping in the United States; the company said it will sell it globally later this year.

With the new drive, Seagate inched ever-closer to the physical limit of 2TB of capacity per platter, which is based on the current 512-byte sector standard for areal density adopted by the storage industry more than a decade ago.

For more than three years, Seagate has lobbied for a new 4KB sector standard, which will push disk capacity far beyond current limits.

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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