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Seagate Unveils USB 3.0 Laptop HDD Upgrade Kit

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Get your laptop up to SuperSpeed.

USB 3.0 is catching on, so expect to see lots of new SuperSpeed-enabled devices at CES. Seagate today unveiled the BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 portable external hard drive, packing a 500GB 7200RPM 2.5–inch portable hard drive, power cable and PC express card, to deliver real-world, proven speeds up to three times faster than its USB 2.0 predecessor, making it one of the fastest portable hard drives available.

"The growing presence of large multimedia files in the home means that connectivity and speed is a top concern for a satisfactory experience," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. "The delivery of USB 3.0 further underscores our commitment to giving people an efficient way to store, access and share their digital creations."

With the BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 drive, Seagate claims that a 25GB HD movie can be transferred in just four minutes versus the 14 minutes it would take using a traditional USB 2.0 drive. Simply plug the PC Adapter card into a notebook, connect one end of the included adapter cord to the PC card, the other end to the BlackArmor PS110 drive, and it is set.

The BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 performance kit contains everything you need to upgrade your laptop to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds. The new BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 Performance kit is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and can be purchased immediately from Seagate.com for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $179.99.

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    krotkdm , January 6, 2010 5:00 PM
    How can you call this an 'upgrade kit' when nothing is being upgraded?
    It's an external hard drive!

    What is the PC adapter card being plugged into? Obviously not the USB 2.0 port.
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    neodude007 , January 6, 2010 5:16 PM
    I think its pretty ovi they are talking about an express card or something for the laptop... it uses a really fast bus and turns the port in to USB 3.0 basically... just like a PCIe card works in a desktop. DUH they dont plug it in USB 2.0
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    False_Dmitry_II , January 6, 2010 5:21 PM
    My laptop's got eSATA. I'm done...
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    ca87 , January 6, 2010 5:21 PM
    Don't be deceived! you will need a USB 3.0 compatible PC to work with it.
    USB 3.0 => USB 2.0 = null.
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    Gin Fushicho , January 6, 2010 6:08 PM
    DAMN. that thing is beautiful! =)
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    HansVonOhain , January 6, 2010 9:21 PM
    Who is a retard that downrates all responses?

    Sounds very promising for an external harddrive.
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    jn77 , January 6, 2010 10:18 PM
    so, this drive is $79 more than the 5400rpm 500gb usb 2.0 drive....

    snap!... next
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    anamaniac , January 7, 2010 3:30 AM
    For external usage, I'll stick to using flash drives, thank you.

    $180 for a 500GB external? No way in hell.
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    twisted politiks , January 7, 2010 5:27 AM
    whats the point of usb 3.0 when the hdd read and write speeds dont even max out usb 2.0?
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    lasaldude , January 7, 2010 9:14 AM
    twisted politikswhats the point of usb 3.0 when the hdd read and write speeds dont even max out usb 2.0?



    Wait! Hard Drives Definitely Keep Up With USB 2. I Think You're Confused With SATA 2
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    lasaldude , January 7, 2010 9:22 AM
    lasaldudeWait! Hard Drives Definitely Keep Up With USB 2. I Think You're Confused With SATA 2



    Hate Not Having An Edit Button? The maximum data rate in USB 2.0 is 480 Mbit/s (60 MB/s) per controller. Laptop Drives at 5400 RPM's Probably Fill That But Now You Can Expect 70 - 120 MBps For 3.5" Drives. I Still Have A Hard Time Believing We Have Dealt With This Slow Shit For 10 years now this april.
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    s540201 , March 8, 2010 12:44 PM
    Spotted this interesting USB 3.0 introduction http://www.3vdist.com/en/newsflash/usb-30-is-coming.

    Looks like it will help laptop makers to launch lighter and better quality notebooks with USB 3.0 ports. Since the external HDD is performing as good as internal HDD!!