First 4 TB external hard drive announced from Seagate

We can remember when having a 1 GB hard drive in your gaming PC was considered a big deal.  Later on, we reached the 1 TB level for PC storage. Today, having a 1 TB hard drive in your desktop is almost the minimal you can expect from a PC. This week, Seagate announced that it has reached yet another new level of PC storage capacity. It revealed plans to release a new version of its GoFlex Desk external hard drive that will have a stunning 4 TB of storage space.

The hard drive will have native support for both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. It will also come with a USB 3.0 adapter that will allow the GoFlex Desk to connect to PCs that have the newer and faster version of the USB port. The amount of storage space in the 4 TB hard drive means that users could transfer over 2,000 movies in high definition inside the drive. The GoFlex Desk drive is compatible with both PCs and Macs and can also be used as a network drive with the optional GoFlex Home adapter.

The GoFlex Desk 4 TB hard drive will go on sale later this month for $249.99. While this is an external drive it shouldn't be long before we start to see internal PC hard drives that have the same capacity. Meanwhile, solid state drives continue to rise in popularity and in storage space but are still hundreds of dollars more expensive than their standard disk drive counterparts.

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Meha! Once they hit 10TB I will guy again.

Unless I get hit a tornado and have to start all over, I don't use the cloud at the moment. Mainly because still too expensive just for backups and too slow upload speed (5mbps is till way too slow for my needs).

Sounds nice. I'm still waiting for larger laptop hard drives though... I hope they make some leaps in that department soon...

They use to be the gold standard in drives,but after 3 broken 750gig drives,I will not touch them w/a ten foot pole.

smooth3006 said,
why in the world would the average person need this kind of hdd storage?
Blue-Ray videos or DVD is average about 20gig each movie file. If you don't want your movies stored on a hard drive for quick access, yeah that's fine but it's the past for many. Now-a-days, people store many things on a drive.

Krome said,
Blue-Ray videos or DVD is average about 20gig each movie file. If you don't want your movies stored on a hard drive for quick access, yeah that's fine but it's the past for many. Now-a-days, people store many things on a drive.

i still have a 500gb hdd that is barely half way filled.

smooth3006 said,

i still have a 500gb hdd that is barely half way filled.


Then obviously you dont store HD content.

I'd assume so, you shouldn't need more than that however as Firewire 800 or USB 2.0 or even ESATA will still be slower than what the drive can do natively. Aerial density will still have this drive doing over 120-140MB/s which none of the above mentioned can handle.

SHoTTa35 said,
I'd assume so, you shouldn't need more than that however as Firewire 800 or USB 2.0 or even ESATA will still be slower than what the drive can do natively. Aerial density will still have this drive doing over 120-140MB/s which none of the above mentioned can handle.

USB 3.0 and eSATA can both operate at/around 750MB/s.

I'm still building up confidence with the 2Tb drives at the moment. I have space for another four drives (4x2Tb), so that will keep me going for a good while. £58 for a 2Tb isn't bad.

4Tb is a lot of data to lose, but by the time I am comfortable buying one of them, they will be reliable anyway so it is a win all round.

The only downside is that the USB 3.0, FireWire 800 or eSATA cables must be separately purchased and they are way too expensive. Seagate wants to milk customers for higher interfaces or keep them stuck on USB 2.0.

xpclient said,
The only downside is that the USB 3.0, FireWire 800 or eSATA cables must be separately purchased and they are way too expensive. Seagate wants to milk customers for higher interfaces or keep them stuck on USB 2.0.

Since when was a $3 cable "too expensive"? They're just not including cables that most consumers don't use anyway, and most other manufacturers do the same thing.

.Cameron. said,

Since when was a $3 cable "too expensive"? They're just not including cables that most consumers don't use anyway, and most other manufacturers do the same thing.

$3 cable? Are you sure you know what you are talking about? Any USB 3.0 or FireWire cable won't work with these drives. You have to get one from Seagate.

My WD external 1TB drive is now full, though I bought a new internal 2TB drive. Still, good to see we're going to hit 4TB now. I'm tempted to get a bigger external and combine my 1TB and an older 200GB externals into the new one to save space on my desk.

users could transfer over 2,000 movies in high definition inside the drive

even a light 720p rips these days has a size equal to a standard DVD size (4.36 GiB).

k1chy said,

even a light 720p rips these days has a size equal to a standard DVD size (4.36 GiB).

I was wondering about this myself, where did the "2000 high-def films" thing come from? 4TB, 2000 files means about 2Gb per film. That's higher than DVD quality, but not by a huge amount. A 1080p film is nearly 10GB, sometimes more depending on the length and 720p is generally more than half this size. 2000 high-definition TV shows, maybe?

I was thinking maybe they are 10bit (vs 8bit) MKVs which are smaller. Hell you can surely rip BD at full bitrate and have a couple 30GiB files. So I guess it's all down to that as i've seen some 500MiB "HD" movies out there, .

omganinja said,
Now to wait for one from a manufacturer that can make reliable drives.

You must have misread the article. This was released by Seagate, not Western Digital...

M_Lyons10 said,

You must have misread the article. This was released by Seagate, not Western Digital...


Edit: Looked it up, I was incorrect. Could have sworn WD had bought Seagate a few years ago. Sorry

Well it's brand new tech so of-course it's not gonna scale equally. To go from 2TB to 3TB you expect a bit more cash but this is the "first" 4TB drive. It's not 2 x 2TB which other people do all the time. Hell, i have 5TB at home in 1 "drive" but imagine 4x of these babies

Neobond said,
Been let down by the USB adapter in external drives twice already, hopefully theres some improvement there as well!

I have one of the Seagate GoFlex series drives, and the USB3 ones seem to work pretty good! and the nice thing is you can switch the adapter on it on the fly to eSATA or Firewire if you want

Neobond said,
Been let down by the USB adapter in external drives twice already, hopefully theres some improvement there as well!

I had that on a WD external drive at the start of the year, RMA'd it, they sent me back a brand new one. The best thing was that the drive I sent back was 1TB, and the one I got back was 1.5TB!

Majesticmerc said,

I had that on a WD external drive at the start of the year, RMA'd it, they sent me back a brand new one. The best thing was that the drive I sent back was 1TB, and the one I got back was 1.5TB!

I've had all sorts of problems with WD drives as have a number of my friends... Honestly, I would recommend a different make. Seagates I've never had problems with...

Just on time. I've been needing over 2TB backup drives for a while and was just about to spend a fortune on raid enclosures. Now for just $500 I can get 4TB of redundancy! That's amazing!

Hope the drives themselves come out soon, I have no use for the external unit I just want the drive inside.

Vice said,
Hope the drives themselves come out soon, I have no use for the external unit I just want the drive inside.

That's a great idea, but I doubt they're the same height as a normal 3.5" drive. Probably extra fat.

SpyderCanopus said,

That's a great idea, but I doubt they're the same height as a normal 3.5" drive. Probably extra fat.


There only two size 3.5 drives
3.5 Full Height up to 5 platter disc can only have a max thickness of 25.4mm
3.5 Half Height up to 3 platter disc 13mm thickness
If this Seagate really is a 5 platter disc then Hitachi win this is becuases it is 1tb per platter vs Seagate 819gb per platter