Seagate announces cornucopia of external hard drives

Not to be outdone by Western Digital, Seagate announced a plethora of external hard drives today under the FreeAgent series. Moreover, a couple of the FreeAgents are touting ‘firsts.’ The FreeAgent Go, pictured above in the dock, is the most anorexic external drive in all the industry with a height of 12.5mm and comes with shock/vibration protection. But that’s not the only first for the Go. It even has a desktop docking option. Capacities available are 250GB, 320GB and 500GB for $120, $150 and $240, respectively. The Go Drive for Macs are a little more and only come in 250GB and 320GB capacties for $160 and $190. But these ones have FireWire 800/400 ports, docking station and carrying case. Both PC and Mac versions are available this month.

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Stepping up to the 3.5-inch drives are the Desk Drive and XTreme Drive. The Desk Drive also comes with a special Mac variant in a brushed aluminum finish that also has a FireWire 800/400 port and comes in 500GB, 1TB and 1.5TB capacities for $170, $270 and $350, respectively. The 1.5TB Desk Drive won’t be available until October. The PC version is available in 500GB, 640GB, 1TB and 1.5TB for $130, $150, $230 and $280, respectively. They, too, are available this month except for the 1.5TB model.

The PC versions of Go and Desk Drives are USB powered.

The FreeAgent XTreme is wicked fast with a 3GB per second transfer rate over an eSATA connection. There are also USB 2.0 and FireWire 800/400 ports. The 500GB model retails for $160 while the 640GB model goes for $180. The 1TB model is $360 and the 1.5TB will run you $300.