Seagate Introduces GoFlex Family of Storage Products

New GoFlex FamilyThe worldwide leader and provider of hard drives and storage solutions introduced today its new “GoFlex” storage solutions, which are the next evolution in the family of the award winning FreeAgent external hard drives.

These new additions to the family of external drives and accessories will introduce a new stage of flexibility that will change the way that people around the world store, access, share and enjoy their digital content.

The FreeAgent “GoFlex” storage family features desktop and portable drives with a variety of interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that will allow each drive to adapt to the interface being used. The drives are also created to provide interoperability between the different operating system in order to work with Mac and Windows-Based Computers.

Executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management at Seagate, Dave Mosley, explained that the GoFlex interface cables are about providing the speed, performance and connectivity people need to support their interaction with their digital content, because the explosive growth of video capture and multimedia collection is expanding personal digital libraries to terabytes worth of content within the home. He also explained that these trends are driving demand for high-capacity and high-performance storage. Dave Mosley stated that The GoFlex family of storage products meets this need by delivering simple, USB 2.0 storage and backup devices, with the flexibility to adapt as interface technology advances by using the various GoFlex cables and accessories to access content stored on the same drive.

More than half of the people planning to buy a new hard drive consider the interface connection as an important factor in their choice, as indicated by the recent survey results from the Yankee Group. The GoFlex storage drives will provide a solution to these concerns by offering a flexible and easy “plug-and-play” way to adapt to the most popular interfaces and devices that are available.

The GoFlex Cable System can enable drives from the GoFlex or GoFlex Pro Ultra-Portable USB 2.0 family to be upgraded to USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 connection by simply switching the cable adapter. Specially Developed GoFlex Upgrade cables can additionally provide even more application solutions. The GoFlex Upgrade Cable Auto Backup can transform the drive into a continuous full-system backup for example, giving the consumers the safety feeling of their files and system setting being backed up, which leaves the remaining capacity for other file transfer.

Director of Anywhere Consumer Research at Yankee Group, Carl Howe, explained that as a consumer’s lives become increasingly connected, people will demand capabilities beyond the traditional hard drive. He also said that consumers are looking not only for storage, but for new ways to use their digital content, by connecting, sharing, and repurposing content.

Seagate has developed a special ecosystem within the GoFlex Family, wherein people will experience easy backup and hard protection of all their precious digital content. People will be able to pair a GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive with a GoFlex TV HD Media Player or the GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device in order to enhance their experience of the drive’s content, in addition to the several cable options.

Consumers can easily enjoy their personal digital media content while using the GoFlex TV HD media player on their television screen by inserting a GoFlex ultra-portable drive or a GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive directly into the media dock, or by connecting another storage device like a Flip camera to the two additional USB ports on the back of the device. The GoFlex media players are able to view movies, photos and music while comforting people in 1080p high definition and surround sound.

The GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device transforms a GoFlex Ultra-portable drive, a GoFlex Pro Ultra-Portable Drive, or any USB mass storage into a media sharing device, offering consumers the ability to enjoy their digital content anywhere outside their own home using a PC, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, iPhone, Blackberry or any other internet connected device.

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