Seagate announced yesterday a new line of external hard drives that has been prepared to adapt much better to changes in connection standards used by computers, something that is being a dilemma in 2010 with the slow spread of USB 3.0 and the strong pressure from Intel on progress in its Light Peak cable technology. Doubtless, the new GoFlex hard drives are promoted as compatible with a huge variety of connection interfaces, through the use of different adapter cables.
This allows the user to switch their HD connection to a new standard compatible with their computer whenever they want, using an adapter cable compatible with them. At present, Seagate supports USB (2.0 and 3.0), FireWire (400 and 800) and eSATA connections, but in the future it will be possible to switch to other standards by purchasing new adapters, as you deem necessary.
Although all new drives are leaving the factory formatted for NTFS, Seagate has integrated a system extension for Mac OS X that allows reading / writing files without compatibility problems, so users will be able to take advantage of all the extra features offered by the company Windows PCs. One of them is the ability of a GoFlex HD to take over the function of a backup drive with a simple cable change, in case users do not want to use Time Machine on Leopard or Snow Leopard.
GoFlex hard drives are now available for purchase in desktop (3.5 inch) and portable (2.5 inch) versions, with prices ranging from $ 90 (320GB for laptops) to $ 200 (1TB for laptops and 2TB for desktops) . A Pro edition of the GoFlex line is available for notebooks and brings hard drives of 7,200 revolutions per minute with support for file encryption, costing $ 140 (500GB) and $ 190 (750GB).