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Seagate's Industry First 1.5 TB Portable Drive

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Seagate added a 2.5-inch 1.5 TB drive to its FreeAgent GoFlex line of HDDs.

Tuesday Seagate introduced the world's first 1.5 TB 2.5-inch portable external drive, costing a rather meaty $249.99 at select retailers and online via Seagate.com. The new portable drive follows the release of Seagate's 3 TB GoFlex Desk drive and the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive.

According to the company, the new 1.5 TB FreeAgent GoFlex drive will ship with a USB 3.0 interface cable, allowing data transfers up to 10x via a compatible USB 3.0 port when compared to USB 2.0 connection speeds. The drive will also come packed with the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable for plugging the device into USB 2.0 ports.

In addition to the cables, Seagate threw in other items such as an NTFS driver for Macs, allowing the device to store data from both Windows and Mac platforms without formatting, and pre-loaded backup software with encryption. The external drive is also compatible with other Seagate products like the GoFlex Net media sharing device and the GoFlex TV HD media player.

"Today’s announcement is a 'triple-crown' of consumer technology—packaging record breaking capacity, blazingly fast USB 3.0 connectivity and the bonus of movie entertainment—making the 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive an unprecedented and innovative solution," said Darcy Clarkson, vice president of Global Retail Sales and Marketing for Seagate.

As of this writing, Seagate has knocked $20 off the price, making the 1.5 TB FreeAgent GoFlex drive a slightly cheaper $229.99 at Seagate's online store. The drive is available in the States now--a global release is slated for "later this year."

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    nukem950 , September 21, 2010 9:13 PM
    I want to stick one in my laptop.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , September 21, 2010 9:21 PM
    Awesome.
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    thechief73 , September 21, 2010 9:31 PM
    Not to down-play Seagate's new product release, but this isnt anything new or unexpected, it was only a matter of time before we saw a portable drive with these specs, which are quite impressive with USB 3.0 and 1.5Tb in a 2.5" drive. Nice work Seagate.
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    jn77 , September 21, 2010 9:50 PM
    Can you say Play Station 3 upgrade..... sorry.... Had too.....
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    jhansonxi , September 21, 2010 9:54 PM
    Useful as an off-site backup device for a large RAID array. Just add it as a mirror, let is sync, then kick it out of the array and store it off-site.
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    soundping , September 21, 2010 10:02 PM
    I have a Seagate 320GB GoFlex and love it. :D 
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    mikem_90 , September 21, 2010 10:22 PM
    nukem950I want to stick one in my laptop.


    I doubt its 9.5mm high. We'll have to wait a bit longer for 1TB and 1.5TB in laptops.
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    nforce4max , September 21, 2010 10:30 PM
    No thanks I will wait till WD gets something out that is a higher quality while being only slightly more expensive but over all I don't trust such drives except for SSD.
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    darthvidor , September 22, 2010 12:39 AM
    I hope this means that there is a 9.5mm thick 1TB hdd for notebooks coming
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    Gin Fushicho , September 22, 2010 2:52 AM
    Finally, something that takes advantage of USB 3.0, good job Seagate. Now we just need a notebook drive with this much space.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 5:18 AM
    nforce4maxNo thanks I will wait till WD gets something out that is a higher quality while being only slightly more expensive but over all I don't trust such drives except for SSD.

    What are you talking about? Since when is Seagate a low quality brand?
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    aford10 , September 22, 2010 6:00 AM
    Seagate isn't bad, but you may want to Google, Seagate 7200.11 firmware issues. They aren't top of the line quality.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 6:18 AM
    Yeah, I'm aware of the 7200.11 issues, but 7200.12 drives are great drives. I'm one of those people that's never had a hard drive failure, and I've owned computers since 1999. I've had seagate, WD and Samsung drives and they've all worked. I don't prescribe to brand loyalty... yet. I'll make a purchase based on performance:p rice.
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    lasaldude , September 22, 2010 6:59 AM
    mikem_90I doubt its 9.5mm high. We'll have to wait a bit longer for 1TB and 1.5TB in laptops.


    Some of us actually can fit 12.5 MM drives in our laptops. It's a nice addition to have now that drives are getting bigger in 2.5 " sizes. Before it was like why?
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    dEAne , September 22, 2010 8:15 AM
    wow great.
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    Darkerson , September 22, 2010 9:10 AM
    Im still a little leery of seagate hard drives after their whole firmware debacle they had with their 7200.11 based 1TB/1.5TB/2TB desktop hard drives. I happened to luck out when I got one of the affected 1.5TB drives, as I was able to update the firmware before it took a dive, but it was still rather unsettling to know that before that, their was the possibility that the next time I restarted my PC, my hard drive might just give me the finger and never turn back on.
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    nuster100 , September 22, 2010 2:22 PM
    aford10Seagate isn't bad, but you may want to Google, Seagate 7200.11 firmware issues. They aren't top of the line quality.


    It could be worse, could be Fujitsu...
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    theoutbound , September 22, 2010 5:44 PM
    I love the fact that they are using USB 3 for this. So many companies are slow to adopt new standards, it's nice to see one releasing top of the line products while not holding on to old tech.
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    eklipz330 , September 22, 2010 6:12 PM
    nukem950I want to stick one in my laptop.

    mikem_90I doubt its 9.5mm high. We'll have to wait a bit longer for 1TB and 1.5TB in laptops.

    lasaldudeSome of us actually can fit 12.5 MM drives in our laptops. It's a nice addition to have now that drives are getting bigger in 2.5 " sizes. Before it was like why?



    that's what she said.

    to all of those.
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    danwat1234 , September 22, 2010 6:42 PM
    lasaldudeSome of us actually can fit 12.5 MM drives in our laptops. It's a nice addition to have now that drives are getting bigger in 2.5 " sizes. Before it was like why?

    I agree.
    BTW there is no way that this is a 2-platter drive, it is 3-platter (thus 12.5mm thick). 500GB/platter is quite an achievement! All the other manufactures are still at 375GB/platter (such as the Scorpio Blue 750GB drive).
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