Seagate has just announced its 4TB GoFlex external drive (7200rpm), which is a record amount of storage for a the GoFlex family. This is big enough to store 2000 HD movies, and is room more music than most people would ever own. Incidentally, this is also the launch of a new industrial design for the whole GoFlex line of products. This design has been optimized for space but conserves all the advantages inherent to the GoFlex design. 1TB to 3TB versions also exist.The whole idea behind GoFlex is that no matter how the connectivity to the computer evolves, there is always an option to connect with the fastest, newest standard: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800 are among the types of connection that are supported today (choose between USB 3 or USB2 + Firewire), but Thunderbolt is on Seagate’s horizon.
This new GoFlex will come in Mac and PC versions, and the Mac one should have a FireWire 800 port as well. The other difference is that the Mac drive should come pre-formatted for Mac. If you want to use it on a PC, you can always reformat it. All Seagate GoFlex drives come with backup software and utilities that may be of interest. Check it out.
Interestingly, the Seagate 4TB GoFlex will retail for $249. Today, you can get a 3TB (previous-generation) GoFlex for $130 on the web.