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Seagate ''Ships'' First 3 TB External HDD

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It's the world's first external drive with a 3 TB storage capacity.

Seagate said on Tuesday that the world's first 3 TB external hard drive is now available for purchase. Part of the company's FreeAgent GoFlex Desk line of drives, the new addition is USB 2.0 compatible by default, however Seagate offers an adapter--sold separately--that lets users connect the drive to USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 ports.

"Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. "Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3 TB GoFlex Desk external drive is no exception, delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today."

According to Seagate, the new external drive is interchangeable between PCs and Macs thanks to a NTFS driver for Mac OS X. This means consumers can move files between the two platforms without the need for formatting. The huge storage capabilities could even allow both PC and Mac users to digitally stash away "up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music."

But there's a catch: the new 3 TB GoFlex Desk external drive doesn't come cheap, selling for $249.99 through select retailers.

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    awood28211 , June 29, 2010 6:19 PM
    Doesn't come cheap? Haha! 3 TB for 250 bucks. I remember when my 40MB Seagate cost quite a few hundred more than that. Oh the spoiled world we live.
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    awood28211 , June 29, 2010 6:19 PM
    Doesn't come cheap? Haha! 3 TB for 250 bucks. I remember when my 40MB Seagate cost quite a few hundred more than that. Oh the spoiled world we live.
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    nforce4max , June 29, 2010 6:24 PM
    Hmmm why external? I rather use 3.5 to 5.25 bay adapters and save the space as well spare my self from the issues. Hell I even got a cooling mod ware I added a heatsink to mine that mounts an 80mm fan.
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    eugenester , June 29, 2010 6:24 PM
    I have concerns regarding the failure rates of these drives. 2TB drives are already notorious for failing, and I'm sure that 3TB drives are no different.
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    sliem , June 29, 2010 6:28 PM
    1 TB is now $60
    2 TB can be found around $100 if on sale
    3 TB should be under $200
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    the last resort , June 29, 2010 6:29 PM
    it looks big enough to cram a 2TB drive and a 1TB drive next to it.
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    Lowdown , June 29, 2010 6:36 PM
    I agree, it would be real rough if the drive failed, that's a lot of information. Its nice to see there is a way to connect to either firewire or USB 3.0 but just think how long it would take to fill up 3TB over USB 2.0, hehe.
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    jrabbitb , June 29, 2010 6:38 PM
    more likely 2 x 1.5TB drives. option to use it in mirror mode at 1.5TB or max space at 3TB?
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    asiaprime , June 29, 2010 6:40 PM
    disappointed by the external too

    sliem1 TB is now $60 2 TB can be found around $100 if on sale 3 TB should be under $200

    at the same time like you said 2tb is 100 on sale. and forgetting the $50 for the external case. hard drives has always suffered from diminishing returns after a certain point especially when it comes to "world's largest consumer drive" level. my opinion it's not that bad of a price. as of today. feel free to disagree
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    zoemayne , June 29, 2010 6:41 PM
    This does not count it probably has an extra platter or maybe 3 2.5" discs not 3.5"
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    kinggraves , June 29, 2010 6:51 PM
    sliem1 TB is now $602 TB can be found around $100 if on sale3 TB should be under $200


    Alright, sales and wholesaler pricing do not matter here, 249 is the suggested retail. You're also paying for the "enclosure" and any special features of this model, so don't compare it to bare drive prices. Here's the fair comparison (retail prices off Seagate's site):

    129 for the 1TB version
    189 for the 2TB version
    249 for the 3TB version

    You're still paying 60 dollars per terabyte. The other 69 is for the enclosure. Retailers usually do not charge the full retail price.

    As someone else stated though, these things are getting far too dense to be reliable. I'd rather get 3 1TBs and switch them out.
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    spunkymunky , June 29, 2010 7:01 PM
    Its probably external due to compatibility with motherboards, the case probably has something to allow 3TB to be available. The increased cost probablt comes from that issue. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/06/01/are-we-ready-for-3tb-hard-disks/3
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    tharkis842 , June 29, 2010 7:02 PM
    Did i miss something, or have internal 3tb drives not come out yet?
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    drwho1 , June 29, 2010 7:08 PM
    I really want 5TB drives... 3TB getting closer :) 

    Also I rather have this drives as bare/internal drives and a little cheaper.... don't charge me for the enclosure that I don't need or want.

    and I don't think that the article says anything about rpm's.
    is this drive 7200rpm's or a green 5400/5900rpm, and what about cache
    32 cache/64 cache.....higher?
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    kenwheeler77 , June 29, 2010 7:30 PM
    sliem1 TB is now $602 TB can be found around $100 if on sale3 TB should be under $200


    Those are bare drive prices. I'm sure $249 will go lower once some competition rolls out.
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    hannibal , June 29, 2010 7:47 PM
    Internals are only for professional worksations. The reason is explained by Spunkymunky post above.
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    Pyroflea , June 29, 2010 7:57 PM
    sliem1 TB is now $602 TB can be found around $100 if on sale3 TB should be under $200


    You're also paying more for substantially higher storage density.
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    shin0bi272 , June 29, 2010 8:19 PM
    Im gonna have to pick one of these up in about 6 months when my 2tb gets filled with music so this couldnt have come at a better time for me.
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    buzznut , June 29, 2010 8:42 PM
    Yeah, i also agree that the pricing isn't outlandish, being the first 3TB and all. It actually closer to $1 per 10GB. so $55 for 500GB, 80-100 for 1TB, etc. Add $20 for the enclosure and it isn't a really bad deal.

    I am surprised it doesn't support USB 3.0 outta the box. I will wait for now...
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    HavoCnMe , June 29, 2010 9:10 PM
    (+1 to awood28211) I couldn't agree more, to me that is a steal. But i hope that this lowers the cost of other well known drives, internal and external.
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    joex444 , June 29, 2010 9:15 PM
    I vehemently oppose high capacity storage devices.

    The correct thing to do is cobble together numerous smaller drives into a proper RAID5 array. If you can't do that, then atleast do RAID1.

    I'm sure we've all lost data at some point and the idea of trusting 3TB of information to a mechanical devices stirkes me as extremely foolish. Better to run 4x1TB in RAID5 and checking the prices that works out to $240 if you have onboard RAID5. Sure, its not external but any sane person knows external drives as stand-alones are to be used for non-critical data or backups only; the creation of a 3TB external seems to suggest otherwise which in the end will only end in tragedy for the less technologically aware among us (y'know, the ones that we see in the real world that aren't on THG).
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