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Tom's Hardware's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Luxury

External Storage: Seagate GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0

www.seagate.com
$229
By: Tony Celeste

As hard drive prices continue to fall and capacities go up, you might be starting to think that we simply cannot use disks that are any larger. Clearly you don't make backups of your Blu-ray movies. To the hardcore technology enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, that’s kind of like suggesting that CPUs don't need to get any faster.

As application installations grow, broadband pipes enlarge (giving us more ready access to massive downloads), and we record more of our lives as zeros and ones using high-def cameras, our thirst for capacity continues to intensify. Leaning on increasingly large repositories means worrying about the ways data gets moved around, too. That's one of the reasons drives like this one are shifting away from the ubiquitous USB 2.0 interface, which maxed out far below a 2.5" hard drive's peak transfer rate. USB 3.0 is a savior when it comes to getting data moved quickly.

Our selection for the holiday season’s best way to add high-capacity storage space is Seagate’s GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 external hard drive.  Seagate gives this particular version of its GoFlex series the “Ultra-portable” designator--a description that fits it well. The drive ships with USB 3.0 connectivity, which is fully backward compatible with your computer’s USB 2.0 ports. Also, Seagate makes a number of different accessories available, extending the ways you can use the GoFlex at home. 

An eSATA adapter is available for connecting to your computer’s eSATA/USB combo ports. The adapter not only enables external SATA connectivity, but it also uses the port’s power to eliminate the need for another cord. Mac users will be happy to know that a FireWire 800 adapter is also available. Since Macs do not yet ship with either USB 3.0 or eSATA ports, the FireWire 800 adapter is really the only way to get suitable performance from the GoFlex for those of you using a Mac.

Beyond simple connectivity, Seagate also sells accessories that expands the GoFlex's general capabilities. For example, its GoFlex TV HD media player enables streaming content from your home network. The GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device facilitates using the GoFlex hard drive as an Internet-connected storage device.

The Seagate GoFlex 1.5 TB External Hard Drive ships with pre-installed backup software for both PC and Mac, 192-bit Triple DES encryption software, and the Seagate Dashboard hard drive management tool.  We feel that the built-in features and expandability offered by the Seagate GoFlex sets it apart from the many other high capacity external hard drives available this holiday season.

  • bunga28
    All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
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  • ben850
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
    are you kidding me?
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  • carlhenry
    2nd pic is best hahaha
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  • I take it evaluating women isn't your strong suit, Bunga
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  • joytech22
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
    What? I'm not even sure you know what you're talking about..
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  • alchemy69
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of female anatomy comes entirely from internet porn. That your chances of ever encountering the real thing are close to zero comes as a relief to women everywhere.
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  • MidianSpawned
    Picture 2 is an optical illusion, if you look at it long enough you will see a Kingston Hyper-X drive.
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  • sandypants
    What happened to the $500 SBM build?
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  • doron
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
    In a world where models have to live the most unnatural, unhealthy life just to be what the companies decide is pretty for the rest of us, this comment to these otherwise very thin women is the most out of place I've ever seen. Do you have any idea what words like these can do to some women? I'm shocked and really afraid to see an actual woman which answers your definition of "thin".
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  • ethaniel
    @bunga28:

    What? You don't want those girls? Perfect, I'll take them. :)
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