Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Greg0
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 Slim, the 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.