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Seagate unveiled the GoFlex
Turbo performance drive with SafetyNet DRS (data-recovery services), the first
recovery service offering by a hard-drive manufacturer to be included as part
of the purchase price of an external drive. With a USB 3.0 interface and rpms
clocked at 7,200, the GoFlex Turbo drive is equipped to handle transfer speeds
up to 40 percent faster than that of its USB 2.0, 5,400-rpm siblings.

This latest addition to the
GoFlex family was developed with the understanding that those who place a high
value on their data should have the security that their data is even protected,
regardless of what unforeseen incident might occur to the drive, the company
said. The GoFlex Turbo performance drive features two-years of SafetyNet data-recovery
services, and is available from Best Buy for a suggested retail price of
$119.99 for 500GBs and $139.99 for 750GBs.

"With this new GoFlex
Turbo performance drive, it is our aim to provide more peace of mind for the
people who choose Seagate to back up and store their valued digital
assets," said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of
Seagate’s retail product group. "When our products are used as a backup to
a primary system or even as supplemental storage, people should know that they
can get a further layer of assurance that their data will be there when they
need it.”

The SafetyNet service covers
one recovery attempt on the GoFlex Turbo performance drive within a two-year
period. Seagate’s Data Recovery Specialists will determine whether remote or
in-lab service is the best way to recover the data, according to a company
release. The GoFlex storage family includes plug-and-play portable and desktop
drives, with an array of interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that allow
each drive to adapt to the interface or device being used.

The GoFlex Turbo performance
drive and the family of GoFlex ultra-portable drives also meet the new
Universal Storage Module, USM(TM), specification. GoFlex hard disk drives are
also specially designed to provide interoperability between operating systems
in order to work with both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X computers.

"Seagate is now
bringing to market a solution that shelters our customers, who purchase the
GoFlex Turbo with SafetyNet, from the potential thousand-dollar cost of
recovering lost files,” Connolly said. “Seagate is providing a solution that
will no longer cost thousands of dollars to recover files. SafetyNet DRS
provide an extra layer of protection for your content."