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SAN FRANCISCO — Seagate on May 5 launched a new generation of its FreeAgent external storage hard drives, naming them GoFlex — with the spotlight on connection flexibility.

The key new feature throughout the line is this: Never again will a user have to buy a whole new drive just because the USB port has been upgraded. Using a GoFlex, you just buy a new, and cheaper, cable connector that fits on the top of the drive, which satisfies the need for faster USB and doesn’t mess with storage.