Industry’s First Ever 1.5 TB Portable External Drive Unveiled by Seagate

Designed to address the explosive worldwide demand for digital storage,
Seagate today launched the world’s first 1.5 terabyte (TB) 2.5-inch
portable external drive. Available immediately, the new 1.5TB FreeAgent
GoFlex ultra-portable drive delivers an all-in-one, technically advanced
solution to help store, share and enjoy libraries of digital content in
one’s preferred medium—whether on a Mac or PC, or a television, at home
or on the go. With 1.5TB of capacity people can now store and carry up
to 60 HD movies, 750 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours
of digital music.

“Today’s announcement is a ‘triple-crown’ of consumer
technology—packaging record breaking capacity, blazingly fast USB 3.0
connectivity and the bonus of movie entertainment—making the 1.5TB
GoFlex ultra-portable drive an unprecedented and innovative solution,”
said Darcy Clarkson, vice president of Global Retail Sales and Marketing
for Seagate. “Bringing this solution to market on the heels of our 3TB
GoFlex Desk drive and the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive is proof
of Seagate’s continuing technology leadership and tradition of setting
storage industry milestones.”

Shipping now in the United States and rolling out globally later this
year, all 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drives will ship with a USB 3.0
interface cable, accelerating the transfer speed of a drive up to 10x
when connected to a USB 3.0 port, when compared to a USB 2.0 port. For
example, a drive using a USB 3.0 connection can transfer a 25GB file in
under five minutes versus the 14 minutes it would take using a
traditional USB 2.0 drive. In addition, all GoFlex ultra portable drives
will now also ship with the new Superspeed USB 3.0 cable, which will
still continue to work with existing USB 2.0 ports.

“Consumers continue to push the growth of digital music, photos, and
video content, and increasingly want access to this content from a
variety of CE devices, including a PC,” says John Rydning, IDC’s
research director for hard disk drives. “Higher capacity disk drives in
combination with higher bandwidth interfaces like USB 3.0 will help to
make a greater number of large multimedia files more accessible from
multiple devices in the home.”

A key addition to the GoFlex family, the new 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable
drive delivers ultimate flexibility in how people collect, protect,
share and enjoy their digital libraries, all in a convenient compact
package. In addition to coming bundled with USB 3.0 connectivity, the
drive can be used with an array of add-on cables and accessories such as
the GoFlex Net media sharing device and the GoFlex TV HD media player,
that provide the flexibility to enjoy your content on a TV, a network,
using a mobile device, or via the Internet.

All 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drives are compatible with both the
Windows operating system and Mac OS X computers. Each drive includes an
NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the hard drive to store and access
files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The
NTFS driver is simply installed once on the Mac OS X computer, allowing
it to read and write files on a Windows formatted drive.

The 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive with USB 3.0 adapter is available
in black and can be purchased through select retailers for $249.99.



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