There have been 3TB external drives on sale before, but none from just a single drive...
The big news is Seagate has released the world's first three terabyte hard drive, just one month on from announcing the existence of this gargantuan HDD. Perhaps inevitably its first port of call is as an external storage drive in the form of the '3TB FreeAgent GoFlex' and it couples its immense capacity with USB 3.0 compatibility and a FireWire 800 connection.
"Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive VP of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. "Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive is no exception–delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today."
Of course, as Seagate mentioned in May, not all is sweetness and light for those tempted by a 3TB HDD. The size crosses the 2.1TB threshold which is addressable by 32bit operating systems as they lack the 'Long LBA' (logical block addressing) to see past this size. Consequently only 64bit Windows 7, Vista, Mac OS X and "modified versions of Linux" will be able to see the full 3TB. RAID setups will also need to be Long LBA compatible to work and NAS setups are equally problematic.
On the plus side, this can only help further kill off ageing 32bit systems and with an immediate US release and RRP of just $249 (£165) the 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex is a hugely tempting proposition. Now let's see those internal drives...
Update: We've had the UK RRP through as £329 which means there's a mistake either on the US or UK side. We're waiting for a clarification (the UK is expensive, but not that expensive!).
Link: Press Release