Data Storage: Seagate's New GoFlex Storage Units Open USB Upgrade Path
Personal computer-related storage always has had to follow advances in connectivity. When USB 2.0 came into play a few years ago on PCs and handheld devices, earlier external drives based on USB 1.0 were stuck without an easy upgrade path. Although they work with newer USB versions, the connectivity is not ideal. All that goes away with the advent of Seagate's new GoFlex storage device, which made its debut May 5 at a media event in San Francisco. With the GoFlex, a user won't have to buy a whole new storage drive to get full connectivity just because the USB port has been upgraded to 2.0. In this case, you just switch to another cable connector that fits on the top of the drive to satisfy the need for a faster USB (or FireWire or eSATA) connection. Check out this slideshow to see how this works.