Even though solid state drives get all the face time these days, it’s important to remember that good old spinning media still has a thing or two to teach the rest of the market. In this case, it’s size – and right now, Seagate’s the king of the hill with a new 4TB Desktop FreeAgent GoFlex Desk.
The 4TB version is notable for being the world’s first hard drive to reach 4TB. There have been external storage solutions for years that gave users 4TB of hard drive space – but this is the first time it’s been accomplished with just one drive. As part of Seagate’s GoFlex line, this FreeAgent GoFlex Desk lets users swap out connectors in order to upgrade to fast new standards – such as USB 3.0 – without scrapping a perfectly serviceable drive.
You won’t need to do that with this new 4TB edition, however, as it ships with USB 3.0 straight from the factory. If you don’t have a USB 3.0 port available yet, don’t worry! It’s completely backwards compatible with USB 2.0; you won’t see any speed increases, but it’ll work just fine.
Just like last year, with the first 3TB hard drive, the world’s first 4TB hard drive is only available as an external drive. Even today, the 3TB drives are mostly found outside of typical desktop PCs. That’s because most PCs today still employ the BIOS genre of boot software, instead of the more modern EFI; BIOS has a problem with drives above 2TB. This sort of problem will fade away as time goes on.
The new drives are available today; you can order one right now from the Seagate online store. The price? You might be surprised; it’s only $249. Considering how the first 2TB hard drive premiered just a couple of years ago at $300 (and that was for just a drive – no enclosure included), it’s quite the steal.