Seagate Launches 4TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive

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The latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new industrial desktop design.

Storage specialist Seagate announced the shipment of its 4 terabyte GoFlex Desk external hard drive, claiming the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. This latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new desktop design, with a streamlined industrial design for a smaller footprint.

The new 4TB GoFlex Desk drive is now available via the company’s Web site and will be available from select online retailers within the month for a suggested price of $249.99. The entire line of GoFlex Desk products will also adopt Seagate’s new industrial design in the coming weeks, the company noted. The GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive featuring both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month.

Liz Conner, a senior research analyst of storage systems for IDC, said the research company foresees there being an increase in global demand for personal storage capacity driven by the growing creation and acquisition of digitized videos, photos and music—the GoFlex Desk 4TB drive has the space to contain more than 2,000 HD movies.

With the pre-loaded back-up software, the GoFlex Desk external drive provides automatic, continuous back-up with encryption for all files. The included USB 3.0 adapter also works with USB 2.0 ports, making it possible to connect to your Windows or Mac computer. The adapter also features an illuminated gauge to display available space on the drive.

Debuted in May of 2010, the GoFlex family of hard drives is designed to provide an alternative approach to external storage solutions by allowing users to change interface adapters to stay current with the latest in interface technology. With USB 3.0 still undergoing adoption and the emergence of Thunderbolt technology in the coming months, Seagate said it plans to contiune with the interface adapter design for future iterations of the company’s external hard drives.

The GoFlex drives are also Windows and Mac OSX compatible and have the ability to go between both operating systems. In addition to cross-platform compatibility, the GoFlex Desk drive can also be utilized with the GoFlex Home adapter if one chooses to use it as a network drive. 

"Yet another industry first for Seagate, we have reached a new high-capacity in the 3.5-inch hard drive form factor. At Seagate, we are committed to pushing the limits for our customers and will continue to adapt and innovate our products based on customer needs," said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of retail products for Seagate. "This latest GoFlex Desk drive offering, with its new industry-leading capacity point, is a statement of our continued commitment to meet consumer needs."