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Seagate launches the first 3TB external desktop drive

Seagate has announced the FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB (STAC3000100), the industry’s first 3TB external desktop hard disk drive. While still equipped by default with a USB 2.0 base, optional bases are available for USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connections.

More information inside.

The high-capacity Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB easily surpasses Western Digital’s single-drive offerings, which top out at 2TB. The Seagate 3TB is likely to be four platter design, with each platter packing 750GB worth.

However, we noted that Western Digital has quietly moved to 3-platter designs for its Caviar Green 2TB 3.5-inch internal desktop drives. While we are not sure when would Western Digital respond to Seagate’s 3TB announcement (be it a similar external desktop storage drive, or an internal storage drive), a drive larger than 2TB is definitely in the works.


The following is an overview of the GoFlex Desk drive:

– Automatic continuous backup of your data

– Securing backed up files and protection of privacy with powerful encryption software

– Includes the Seagate® Dashboard management tool for easy management of backup schedules and file encryption, and viewing drive statistics


– Includes the GoFlex Desk USB 2.0 desktop adapter with illuminated capacity gauge


– Offers vertical or horizontal orientation to fit in any desktop environment


There are available upgrade cables and kits that make it easy to move up from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 for up to 10x faster transfer speeds for large files and HD movies.

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB is already available at press time, and is going for about US$250. The USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 bases are available at an additional US$40 and US$50 respectively.



SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – June 29, 2010 – Putting more terabytes in the hands of consumers worldwide, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced the world’s first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive.

Available immediately, the 3TB FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Desk external hard drive helps to meet the explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. With 3TB of capacity people can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.


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