Seagate Comes Out Swingin'


Seagate is aiming high with its new line of storage devices. The word "services" seems to be the name of the game, which could partially explain why it's taking the Scotts Valley, CA-based company so long to get a terabyte drive to the masses. Seagate's going for features, not first-to-market, but it remains to be seen whether these new offerings will break any speed records. We're playing with a few of the devices in the Labs right now, and you'll see those grace the pages of Maximum PC soon enough. In the meantime, here's the a rundown of what Seagate officially announced Wednesday:

Maxtor OneTouch 4 -- The boxy external enclosure comes in sizes ranging from 250GB to 750GB at an price range of $100 to $270 respectively. In addition to a 7,200 RPM drive, you get a basic enclosure and a software package. Ta-da!

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus -- The plus version of the OneTouch 4 is identifiable by its silver-plated color scheme. Same drive sizes, but a Firewire 400 port joins the USB connector on the device's rear. The price range bumps up from $130 to $290, with the fancy terabyte version coming in at a cool $360. Software-wise, you get Maxtor's new SafetyDrill product -- a system restore mechanism -- and included 256bit AES encryption.

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini -- The mini is akin to a OneTouch 4 Plus that's been run through a shrink ray. The drive sizes range from 80GB to 120GB at a cost of $100 to $150. Only USB connections on these drives; Firewire's only for the Plus edition.

DAVE -- Short for Digital Audio Video Experience, the portable storage device with the greatest name ever conceived jumps up to 60GB of total capacity. Toss it in a pocket and connect to it using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (b and g), or plain ol' USB.

Barracuda FDE -- Seagate chugs through the terabyte landscape with an encryption-supporting terabyte drive. The 7,200-RPM drive will use the company's DriveTrust technology to mix drive-level, AES encryption with one massive amount of storage. Need to nuke the drive (or all those Battlestar episodes) in a hurry? Just delete its encryption key, which will render the accompanying data absolutely useless. Be looking for this one in 2008.

Momentus 5400.4 -- This new notebook drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording to reach a total capacity of 250GB across two platters. The 5,400 RPM drive has an operating resistance of 325 Gs and a shock resistance of 900 Gs -- tough little guy!

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