Seagate releases upgradeable external hard drives

By Jos
May 5, 2010
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  1. Seagate has unveiled a new line of external storage units that promises consumers more flexibility should their requirements change. Dubbed Freeagent GoFlex, they are all plug-and-play devices with interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that allow each drive to adapt to the interface being used (USB, FireWire, eSATA). The idea is that this system not only future-proofs the hard drive, but also allows it to be used on nearly any computer platform.

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  2. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TechSpot Member Posts: 49

    I'll keep buying my own enclosure and put the hard-drive of my choice in it.

    I have a screwless 2.5" enclosure for $15 and it works fine so far.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    Still a good idea to swap out connections for the future. But they should have option to swap out the current HDD also as technology changes in 2.5 HDD sizes. Otherwise you'll end up with a stock pile of these units.
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 742   +14

    @unrealmp3: I believe hard drives in enclosures are not as rugged. My niece's crashed shortly after she took it out of her old computer.
  5. remember they are still moving parts inside of the drives, you cannot move them around while in use or they die.
  6. jink

    jink Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    External cases that have jacks supporting both firewire and usb and sometimes e-SATA have been around for years. You can use your own MUCH CHEAPER cables with these. Why anyone would want to buy into seagate's proprietary adapters that only work with this drive would be beyond me. A waste of money and landfill.

    Then again, "There's a sucker born every minute."
  7. Well hard disks crash all the time.I prefer using online backup solutions for all my backups.Though i also backup on my computer,i fear losing my files and that is why i use online backup solutions and the one i use is www.safecopybackup.com because at first i was offered 3GB trial for free.Everything is done automatically.The prices are affordable for me than buying a hard disk any time it crashes.The setup too does not take more that 2 minutes to install.I opted for this because one time i bought a hard drive which crashed after i had backup some of my vital files.
  8. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 619   +118

    Just another moneygrubbing ploy by Seagate. Just a shame their quality control got a bad case of the shits once they reached the 1TB margin.
  9. w1n74mas0ch1sm

    w1n74mas0ch1sm Newcomer, in training

    meh!

    I would prefer lower price point, 6+ device soho raid/NAS enclosures
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