Data Storage: Seagate's New GoFlex Storage Units Open USB Upgrade Path

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-11 Print this article Print
Seagate's New GoFlex Storage Units Open USB Upgrade Path

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.
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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