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New Seagate hard drive offers 4TB of storage

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:01 AM

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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:10 AM

So... no thunderbolt?
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:29 AM

WOW I hate it when you guys use abbreviations without being clear...you KNOW you confused people with this.

MBps / Mbps is such a confusing term you should always spell it out the first time you use it.

Mbps is Mega Bits Per Second
MBps is Mega BYTES per second.

I'll also add that since the drive performance was only ~ 30 Mega BYTES per second which translates to about 240 Mega BITs per second it appears that USB 3.0 would make no difference since the drive wasn't even pushing the theoretical barrier of the USB 2.0 port which is ~ 400 Mega BITs per second. Still I would have liked the author to state this or at least test it to see if USB 3.0 would make any difference in speed.
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:58 AM

USB2 is so lame for mega capacity HDDs. Why not report FW800 speeds? Or even try to hook it up to a USB3 equipped PC to gauge the performance of that interface?
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:14 AM

Not really the port of my choice, since Thunderbolt is being ignored. I won't be buying anything without it from now on.
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:48 AM

I recently bought the internal version from OWC, and I'm pleased with it.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

View Postpayneok, on 28 November 2011 - 07:29 AM, said:

WOW I hate it when you guys use abbreviations without being clear...you KNOW you confused people with this.

MBps / Mbps is such a confusing term you should always spell it out the first time you use it.

Mbps is Mega Bits Per Second
MBps is Mega BYTES per second.

I'll also add that since the drive performance was only ~ 30 Mega BYTES per second which translates to about 240 Mega BITs per second it appears that USB 3.0 would make no difference since the drive wasn't even pushing the theoretical barrier of the USB 2.0 port which is ~ 400 Mega BITs per second. Still I would have liked the author to state this or at least test it to see if USB 3.0 would make any difference in speed.


I am no tech oriented person so I appreciate your clarifications and join in your frustration at use of jargon abbreviations. Another clarification I wish the author made was the FW800/USB 2.0 adaptor- what is it and why would I pay $50.00 for it?
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:52 AM

View Postleicaman, on 28 November 2011 - 08:14 AM, said:

Not really the port of my choice, since Thunderbolt is being ignored. I won't be buying anything without it from now on.

My sentiments too. No ThunderBolt, no sale.
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:29 AM

Didn't they want to release a Thunderbolt GO Flex Adapter?

see Source:
http://storageeffect...types-revealed/
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:46 AM

Seagate is coming out with their Thunderbolt cable "sometime before the end of the year" so any GoFlex external drive will have Thunderbolt capability. Just purchase the cable, pop out the USB3 cable and plug in the Thunderbolt cable. Done!
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:08 AM

View PostBoscher, on 28 November 2011 - 10:46 AM, said:

Seagate is coming out with their Thunderbolt cable "sometime before the end of the year" so any GoFlex external drive will have Thunderbolt capability. Just purchase the cable, pop out the USB3 cable and plug in the Thunderbolt cable. Done!


Well, they had better hurry up, they only have one month left! My bet is they don't have the Thunderbolt adapter by the end of the year, or they will rush it to market and it will be a POS.
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:57 AM

The best thing about this is that it will drive down the cost of the 3TB drives, which have been significantly higher than 2TB units for too long.
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  Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:00 PM

Basic rule of journalism #1: never write a review of any product that does not include the price!!!
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

View Postnicodemusoneil, on 28 November 2011 - 12:00 PM, said:

Basic rule of journalism #1: never write a review of any product that does not include the price!!!


I'm sure they have some reason, but… THIS!
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