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Tom's Hardware's 2011 Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Extras

External Storage: Seagate GoFlex Desk 4 TB USB 3.0

$279.99
www.seagate.com

To think, it seems like only last holiday season that we were setting up our 4 TB Seagate BlackArmor NAS box, outfitted with a 4 x 1 TB drive configuration. The beast retailed in the four-figure range and finally gave us the sort of capacity and security we wanted for our primary data backup. Now, a seeming blink later, Seagate gives us the GoFlex Desk 4 TB.

We’ve lost too many files over the years to ever trust a single drive with anything ever again, so we won’t recommend this capacious black monolith as a primary storage device, although with USB 3.0 speeds, it can certainly serve in that role. Rather, in a single-user environment where a network-attached storage device is less needed, we would use this sexy behemoth as a backup target for all of our internal drives, including bare metal backup of the boot volume. Naturally, this assumes that your internals will all fit in a 4 TB drive. If not, well...let’s hope Santa can afford two.

Speaking of bare metal backup, a word of caution: we love GoFlex drives, but the bundled Memeo Instant Backup software does not support system imaging, only file backup. To get bare metal, Seagate would have you buy the Autobackup software with its Replica drives. See the software matrix here. You’ll need to bring your own bare metal app if you want to pursue this function. That aside, the Memeo bundle and Seagate’s Dashboard management software are excellent. We particularly like the Memeo apps for file/folder synchronization and sending jumbo-sized files. Note also that the GoFlex Desk can encrypt your stored data with 192-bit Triple DES, so your data will stay private even if the drive is stolen.

  • manu 11
    i am loving these articles!
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  • joytech22
    The ZBox is the most promising item to me.
    Why? Because I can mount it on the back of the TV in the lounge for the family and stream my media files to it from my home server.

    I can then throw in an external BD drive and boom, fully capable home entertainment system, which is even capable of light gaming.

    Of course.. I'd reserve my gaming for my gaming rig! ;) The Zbox would be for more family oriented games in the lounge.
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  • richboyliang
    omg more of those same hot girls!!!

    as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.

    blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.
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  • richboyliang
    the suggestive poses combined with the suspicious "xXx" on the Thecus network storage box....
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  • Judguh
    You can't tell me there's more.... reasonably priced items for the holidays here. :| ... unless you're getting a share of that dough for these ladies :P
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  • a4mula
    Why recommend the u2410 when the u2412M can be had for half the price and has the same exact specs along with LED backlighting. The only loss is going from 100% sRGB to 98% sRGB and that's only important to a tiny fraction of users. The other advantage of the u2412M is that it doesn't suffer from pink tint that has plagued the u2410.
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    This was an article about electronics? I must have missed something. That's what I get for skipping all the words. Haha
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  • kartu
    Shameless sexism, eh?
    But I enjoy it too...
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  • JonnyDough
    richboyliangomg more of those same hot girls!!!as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.
    You must be in your teens. Not all readers here are kids you know...
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  • JonnyDough
    For future reference, we adults call them "women", not girls. ;)
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