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Seagate Technology, a leading maker of hard drives, announced Tuesday the industry’s first desktop storage device with 3TB capacity. The first hard disk drive (HDD) with enormous storage space of 3GB comes as FreeAgent GoFlex external storage solution designed for backup and storing sensitive data.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB is based on an unknown 3.5” hard disk drive from Seagate and features USB 2.0 interface, which is not exactly fast to support rapid transfer of data. In order to speed up transmission of data between a personal computer and a FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB drive users will have to acquire a special desktop adapter: with FireWire or USB 2.0 ($49), with USB 3.0 ($39), with USB 3.0 bundled with a PCIe x1 USB 3.0 card ($79). The drive itself costs $249.

Considering the fact that performance of the FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB will be limited by external interface, it is not crucially important whether the drive sports 5400rpm spindle speed or 7200rpm spindle speed. Still, it is more than likely that the product does feature a large DRAM.

The hard drives with 3TB capacity have to use 4KB sectors (up from 512 bytes on the vast majority of current drives), 64-bit operating system, new logical block addressing (LBA) standard along with new UEFI (universal extensible firmware interface) replacement for BIOS (basic input-output system). Since Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB is an external solution, it does not need to work with BIOS/UEFI and hence the only requirement is probably a modern 64-bit operating system.

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB is available today.

Tags: Seagate, FreeAgent

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Re: 5400rpm vs. 7200rpm: aside from straight MB/s throughput, the rotational speed affects IOPS and latency significantly. I wouldn't say the rotational speed is unimportant just because it's on a USB 2.0 interface. It depends on your usage.

Why does it require a 64-bit OS? I thought both Vista and 7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions support 4KB sectors.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 06/30/10 07:57:07 AM]
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If these are as unreliable as their past drives, it would be a waste of money. I'll get a Samsung 3TB when it comes out.
0 0 [Posted by: JonMCC33  | Date: 06/30/10 09:12:31 PM]
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I too will wait till either WD or Samsung release their 3TB drives

And why does seasnakes supply only an external 3TB drive ???
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 07/02/10 02:20:14 AM]
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Cause on externaly drives you get only 24 month instead 36 month warranty
And additionally more people will buy it as external storage notebook users and people that dont mess with self-upgrading of their machines)
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 07/14/10 11:10:52 AM]
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i bought a 120GB ATA133 from Seagate in 2004, its ATA and i still got it, works fine, have not moved to SATA at all, though so far since 1999 of building my own systems 12 motherboards so far and 9 have had a SATA interface, i just kept this ATA drive , it still works, but its time to move on, 3TB looks massive!!! i think 3072GB is a lot of capacity!!! i would not even use 5% of it.
0 0 [Posted by: mike1101  | Date: 07/02/10 04:30:19 AM]
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Wooooow ..... that means zilch to me.
I had self-burning maxtors and deathstar ibms/hitachi that still working fine. Not that i really use them for storing any relevant data.

And since barracudas 7200.8 or maybe before they produce hdds w/o aam (and very noisy comparing them to barracuda IV/V)

Yep most of 3GB looks huge to me and you but they're just spun-offs from reliable large capacity HDDs that every professional storage needs. So we in fact buy second/third grade stuff at 10-15% discount and reduced reliability.
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