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Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Greg

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Mac Users Rejoice: 4TB Hard Drives From Seagate

Some of the heav­i­est users of da­ta are diehard Mac OSX fans. They ed­it video and im­ages and au­dio, deal­ing with huge files, and need sim­i­lar­ly large hard disks to keep up. The ca­pac­i­ty race plateaued for a bit, as drives hit a two ter­abyte lim­it that took a bit of work to sur­pass, but now have con­tin­ued their up­ward slope. De­spite some ma­jor set­backs in Thai­land and else­where, we’re now see­ing 4TB drives be­com­ing wide­ly avail­able.

To­day’s en­try is the Sea­gate GoFlex Desk for Mac, a desk­top drive from a com­pa­ny that con­tin­ues to in­no­vate. We’ve tried a wide va­ri­ety of their de­vices, in­clud­ing most of the GoFlex range- the portable and sleek GoFlex Slimthe GoFlex Home wire­less net­worked stor­age sys­tem, and more. The lat­est mod­el is dif­fer­ent, but of­fers the same in­ter­est­ing swap­pable con­nec­tiv­i­ty op­tions as the GoFlex Desk for PC line. Out of the box, it sup­ports on­ly USB 2.0 and Firewire 800, which will prob­a­bly be enough for most Mac users, since USB 3.0 isn’t re­al­ly a very com­mon port for OSX users, and there isn’t Thun­der­bolt sup­port yet. Pre-for­mat­ted for Macs, you can al­so con­nect to PCs and share files us­ing the HFS+ file sys­tem. All of the ca­bles are in­clud­ed, which is nice, though the unit isn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly sexy and does pick up fin­ger­prints- we hope a sil­ver ver­sion will be com­ing soon, but for the mo­ment your op­tions are black and, er, black. The cas­ing is a bit dif­fer­ent from ear­li­er ver­sions, more an­gu­lar, but al­so seems to of­fer bet­ter ven­ti­la­tion.

It was im­pres­sive­ly speedy, though, clear­ing 30 MB/s or more on our read and write tests, via USB 2.0. And the drive was com­pat­i­ble with Time Ma­chine out of the box, mak­ing our reg­u­lar back­up sched­ule su­per-sim­ple. While we note that some folks ap­pear to have is­sues with sleep mode up­on re-awak­en­ing, we didn’t come across any such prob­lems dur­ing our test­ing. Backed by a three-year war­ran­ty, and Sea­gate’s com­mit­ment to reg­u­lar up­dates and sup­port for new tech­nolo­gies, this is a drive that should be fu­ture-proof thanks to the swap­pable con­nec­tiv­i­ty op­tions. The base might not be as sta­ble stand­ing up as some, but the GoFlex Desk is fair­ly qui­et, and of­fers plen­ty of ca­pac­i­ty at a rea­son­able price- around $280, and just be­com­ing more wide­ly avail­able in the Mac fla­vor.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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