Remember when 1GB sounded like an obscene amount of storage? No? Okay, then, I’m showing my age.
It didn’t take long before we ran out of space for our ripped DVD library, bittorrent rubbish, thousands of photos from visits to the beach and family dinners, iTunes nonsense including backups of TV series’ that we will probably never ever watch again but felt compelled to keep forever…
Well, Seagate is feeding our storage habit with their GoFlex range of external USB hard drives with this 4TB Desk version. It comes with a USB 3.0 interface but not for a Thunderbolt port, sadly – although, they do offer Firewire 800 interfaces.
Hmmm… maybe I should start ripping my Blu-Ray collection? Why not – now I’ve got the space!
The product visually shows you how much storage is consumed with the LED lights on the front and you can purchase intergeable interfaces that snap onto the bottom (USB 3.0, Firewire 800, USB 2.0).
We’ve been using a 3TB version here in the office and have been happy with its performance and quietness. Can’t say it’s particularly small, however, but it does its job.
Seagate used to have a pretty stellar reputation for hardware quality and assurance, although that has suffered in recent years with a spate of drives that had to be recalled with firmware issues. Nevertheless, they remain one of the market leaders and a lot better than Western Digital, which makes a pile of plonk – in our humble opinion.
The drive is not yet available but should be by the end of this month. Amazon USA is taking pre-orders now, if you want to get first in the queue.