Seagate Shipping World's First 3TB Storage Device

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-30 Print this article Print

Only a few weeks ago, Seagate was touting its 2TB GoFlex drives. At this rate, 4TB storage devices are only another few months away, a veteran storage analyst told eWEEK.

It had to happen sooner or later, and in this case it happened sooner than the industry expected.

Hard drive and storage device maker Seagate Technology announced June 29 that has made available the industry's first 3TB desktop storage device, a new version of its popular FreeAgent GoFlex.

Only a few weeks ago, Seagate was touting its 2TB GoFlex drives. At this rate, 4TB storage devices are only another few months away, a veteran storage analyst told eWEEK.

Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB, priced at $249, features 3.5-inch HHD platters and a USB 2.0 interface. USB 3.0, while now available, is not in widespread use at this point.

Larger-capacity disks are invariably slower-moving, so users who want to speed up data flow between a PC and the new storage device will need to obtain a desktop adapter. Choices include USB 3.0 bundled with a PCIe x1 USB 3.0 card ($79), FireWire or USB 2.0 ($49), or straight USB 3.0 ($39).

Seagate, which has been lobbying for a new 4KB sector standard (a major increase from the outdated 512 bytes on most of the current drives), features a 64-bit operating system in the 3TB GoFlex machine.

The new sector standard, once adopted, will help address increases areal density in storage disks, which are now limited to 2TB per platter by the old 512-byte standard.

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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