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Seagate announces massive 8TB USB-powered desktop hard drive

By Shawn Knight
Mar 31, 2016
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  1. Seagate recently introduced a new external hard drive it’s calling Innov8. The massive 8TB drive connects to your computer via a single USB Type-C connector, making it the world’s first USB-powered desktop hard drive according to the drive maker.

    Being able to tote around a drive of this size certainly has its benefits. For one, you won’t need to hunt down a free electrical socket to power the drive as it pulls enough energy to operate from the USB connection. What’s more, the drive cuts down on the number of cables you’ll need to transport and manage as again, it only requires a single USB cable.

    Seagate says the 8TB drive can hold more than two million songs, four million photos and 800 HD movies.

    The drive includes Seagate’s Dashboard software which offers one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups of connected devices. What’s more, each drive comes with 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage.

    Seagate designed its Innov8 drive in partnership with design firm Hugh-Design. Bill Webb from Hugh-Design said the new drive builds on Seven’s success to once again convey the functional beauty of an internal hard drive but with enough capacity to ensure seemingly endless space to store the memories we all love.

    The Seagate Innov8 goes on sale next month for $349. It’ll be sold through Seagate’s website as well as on Amazon and at other retailers.

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  2. Tibeardius

    Tibeardius TS Booster Posts: 52   +34

    $350 isn't bad at all.
     
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Agreed, and it's USB3.0 type C as well. lack of reliability reports aside (as it was just announced), it is pretty tempting, especially since my new motherboard has a USB type C connector.
     
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +775

    Yeah, very tempting and a little scary with Seagate's reputation the past few years. But in all fairness, I have a 4BB drive, externally mounted that's been singing along for over 6 months now without a hitch so who knows. maybe they have finally come up with a winning formula! Of course, now saying that, the drive will probably crash in a hail of smoke and flame tonight ...... LOL
     
  5. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +27

    Their 3TB drives had serious reliability issues.
    I've also got a 4TB drive and it's been running fine for the last 2 years now.
    I just ordered one of their 8TB archive drives. Every manufacturer occasionally has specific lines you should be weary of.
     
  6. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Looks nice for backup, when you are done, turn it off. Maybe it'll last that way (if there are any reliability issues that I don't know of)
     
  7. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +6

    You forget to mention that the "free" cloud storage is not for life. After the offering period is over, what do you do with the data you've stored there?
     
  8. ZuliMuli

    ZuliMuli TS Rookie

    Any chance you can do a proper in hand review of it now that they are out in the wild?
     

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