Seagate Hard Drives Feature SafetyNet Data-Recovery Services

By Nathan Eddy

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."


This article was originally published on 2011-08-09