Seagate unveils new 3 terabyte external hard drive

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June 30, 2010 4:41 AM EST

Seagate Technology launched the world’s first 3-terabyte (TB) external desktop hard drive, which is capable of storing up to 120 high-definition movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos and countless hours of digital music.

Available immediately, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive with USB 2.0 adapter is priced at $249.99.

“Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music. Seagate's 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive is no exception–delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today to meet customer requirements," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management.

The GoFlex Desk external drive delivers unconstrained, high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with software file encryption to help keep all data safe and secure.

Adding value, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive combines flexibility to adapt the drive’s USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs.

The GoFlex Desk external drive is compatible with both the Windows operating system and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting.

Parks Associates’ recent report indicates the average consumer household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900GB by year-end 2014, driven in large part by video downloads, managed copies of Blu-ray Disc, and increasing use of DVR recording capabilities.

The GoFlex Desk external drive has been specially engineered to overcome the Windows HDD limitation of 2.1TB.

Seagate unveiled on July 2008 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.

Seagate's earnings during its latest third quarter were $518 million or $1.00 per share, compared to a loss of $275 million or $0.56 per share in the previous year quarter. Revenues rose to $3.05 billion from $2.15 billion in the preceding year quarter.

The company's disk drive unit shipments for the third quarter were 50.25 million units, up 31 percent from 38.44 million units in last year. Desktop storage shipments increased to 24.51 million units from 22.21 million units, and mobile drive shipments rose to 13.74 million units from 8.92 million units a year ago.

Shipments from consumer electronics rose to 6.9 million units from 3.91 million units, and enterprise storage shipments was 5.1 million units, up from 3.4 million units in last year.

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