Who needs more storage? Almost everyone I think. For years, I’ve been grappling with the urge to get a portable drive either by Seagate or Western Digital for my backup needs. However, since I’m not really a heavy media consumer, downloading roughly 5GB of videos and less than 2GB of music per month, the old 80GB IDE hard drive I had housed in an enclosure had been sufficient.
After doing a system rebuild on my laptop and going back to Vista + Ubuntu Linux dual-boot setup afforded by a new 320GB Seagate hard drive for my laptop, the original 120GB drive have become my latest portable storage device. It’s more than enough at present, but the urge to get a portable storage device is still burning inside me. To make things worse, Seagate has just fanned those flames stronger with the latest addition to its GoFlex line of portable hard drives; the massive FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB.
Model Number STAA1500100
Interface USB 3.0
Height 120mm (4.71 in)
Width 89mm (3.51 in)
Length 22mm (.87 in)
Weight (typical) 280g (.62 lb)
Shipping Weight .44kg (0.97 lb)
Encryption 192-bit Triple DES
Automatic Backup Software PC & Mac
Warranty 2 years
PC World took one of this babies for a spin and said that Seagate managed to reach the staggering 1.5TB capacity for a drive its size by increasing the capacity of the platters–375GB per platter, instead of 333GB per platter–and by adding a fourth platter inside the drive.
I really don’t mind if this drive is a slower than its 500GB FreeAgent GoFlex brother, that’s 1.5 terabytes of storage space! It would probably goad me to download more videos and music but it would still take me quite some time to fill it up.
How about you? What would you do if you have 1.5TB of portable storage space?