Review
Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review

Review: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Fast mobile hard drives

By on May 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Review: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Fast mobile hard drives

Fast. Fast and cheap. In a nutshell, that describes Seagate’s latest duo of mobile hard drives. In a world where SSDs are still (unfortunately) too pricey for most, mechanical hard drives are (mercifully) becoming increasingly affordable. The thought of carrying around 2TB of photos, videos, and love letters that you just can’t part with for under $120 would’ve been a pipe dream just a couple of years ago.

As the latest race to the bottom plays out, Seagate’s 2TB Backup Plus Slim is a compelling option. It strips away practically everything except a USB 3.0 connector, but fancies itself up on the software front. More →

No Comments

Seagate says hard drive shortage will continue through this year

By on February 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM.

Seagate says hard drive shortage will continue through this year

Seagate said in its recent fiscal second-quarter earnings report that it expects the flooding in Thailand to result in a continued hard drive shortage throughout 2012. The company originally reported issues after flooding affected its factories in October, 2011. In addition, analysts have suggested that the floods could increase laptop and desktop PC prices, and hurt overall sales for major computer vendors. Seagate said that it shipped 47 million hard drives during the second fiscal quarter of 2012, which was down just 4% from the same quarter last year. The company confirmed in its earning statement that it has already secured long-term deals to make sure prices don’t inflate further.  More →

No Comments

Thailand floods may hurt shipments, increase prices for PC makers

By on November 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

Thailand floods may hurt shipments, increase prices for PC makers

The devastating flooding in Thailand could hurt HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft during the fourth quarter of this year, IDC said in a recent report. The research firm originally projected shipment growth of 5.1% for the PC industry during the quarter but it now expects PC shipments to fall between 2.2% and 3.4%. Moving into 2012, IDC said shipments could drop as much as 13.4%. “A lot of these plants are still under water, and it’s unclear how much damage they will find when the water recedes,” IDC analyst Loren Loverde explained in an interview with Bloomberg. “It’s also unclear how quickly the cleanup can begin and how much time it will take to bring in replacement parts to rebuild.” A recent report from Goldman Sachs also suggested that PC shipments could drop 8.5% during the first quarter of 2012. Hard drive manufacturers Western Digital and Seagate Technology both have plants that were flooded in Thailand. Seagate’s CEO Steve Luczo told Bloomberg that hard drive prices from his company could jump $10 to $25. “If you’re thinking of buying a laptop for Christmas, I’d buy it now,” Luczo suggested. More →

No Comments

Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage hands-on

By on May 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage hands-on

We met up with Seagate last week to get a sneak peak at its brand new wireless mobile storage drive, the GoFlex Satellite. It’s a battery-powered external hard drive, though it’s not just a traditional drive — it can also stream any and all content wirelessly over Wi-Fi to any iOS or Android device, or even any Wi-Fi device with a browser. The premise is that since most mobile devices are limited in storage, you can load only what you really need on your iPad, for example, and have your entire music or photo collection (or both) loaded up on the external drive to be accessed only when you need something. To get content onto the drive, you just use one of the GoFlex connectors such as the included USB 3.0 connector (there is a ThunderBolt connector coming this summer), and either use the company’s Media Sync software to automatically add content, or use the drive like a normal external drive and manually load on your data. More after the break. More →

2 Comments

Samsung divests its hard-drive unit, sells to Seagate

By on April 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Samsung divests its hard-drive unit, sells to Seagate

Reuters is reporting that Samsung Electronics has agreed to sell its hard drive business to Seagate Technology for $1.4 billion in cash and stock. The move is seen as two pronged: first, it will allow Samsung to exit an extremely competitive market and refocus its efforts on its successful memory-chip business. Secondly, it will allow Seagate to be more competitive with Western Digital — a company that has announced its intentions to purchase Hitachi’s hard-drive business for more than $4.3 billion. “The transactions and agreements significantly expand Seagate’s customer access in China and Southeast Asia,” reads a statement released by both companies. The deal will see Samsung become the second largest shareholder in Seagate — with a nearly 10% share worth over $687 million — and the assets should be transfered sometime in 2011. More →

14 Comments

Seagate unveils 3 TB external HD

By on June 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM.

Seagate unveils 3 TB external HD

Seagate 3TB HD

Hard drive company Seagate has upped the external storage ante with its 3 terabyte external hard disk offering. The external drive, officially known as the 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive, offers connectivity via USB 2.0, Firewire 800 or USB 3.0 and carries a price tag of $249.99; that’s just north of $0.08 per gigabyte. The drive works with both PC and Mac platforms and includes a 2-year manufacturers warranty. Hit up the read link to check out Seagate’s latest creation. More →

20 Comments

Seagate's hybrid laptop hard drives improve performance, keep price in check

By on May 21, 2010 at 8:48 AM.

Seagate's hybrid laptop hard drives improve performance, keep price in check

Seagate Hybird Webcast

Solid state hard drives are amazing. SSDs deliver a level of performance and stability that their spinning, magnetic counterparts simply can not compete with. The problem? The cost per gigabyte, at the moment, is off the charts. Enter Seagate’s new hybrid hard drives. The new disks combines a 4GB Nand flash chip, 32MB’s of cache, and a 250, 320, or 500GB 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA drive to create this new class of drives. How’s performance you ask? Hybrids typically perform 80% faster than a standard 7,200 RPM disk and 20% faster than a standard 10,000 RPM disk. Although hybrids still aren’t quite as fast as full SSD hard disks — on average they are about 6 seconds slower — the cost per gigabyte is far more approachable. Currently, a 500 GB hybrid drive can be pre-ordered from PROVANTAGE for a manageable $133. Let’s review: $133 for a 500 GB laptop hard drive that is, in all likelihood, over 80% faster than what we are currently using…sign us up! More →

15 Comments

Seagate packs 600GB of enterprise storage into a 2.5 inch drive

By on February 9, 2010 at 5:31 PM.

Seagate packs 600GB of enterprise storage into a 2.5 inch drive

seagate-savvio

Say hello to the Seagate Savvio, a 600GB enterprise HDD that doubles the capacity of current enterprise drives and sports a rocking 10,000 RPM and a 2 million hour MTBF. All this raw, reliable spinning power is packed into a diminutive 2.5 inch frame which lowers rack space requirements and, when combined with the drive’s improved power efficiency and data protection, will make many a system admin happy. More →

23 Comments