Depending on your location, you perhaps have more of the day left than I do here in the, still rather chilly, mid-Atlantic region. That’s a good thing if you are looking for your next external hard drive, because today Amazon has a one day deal for you.
The online retailer is offering the Seagate 4 TB USB 3.0 external HDD for only $139.99 — a price it touts as $100 off of the regular retail rate. Before you wonder what is wrong with the drive, I should point out that The Wirecutter’s Seamus Bellamy rated it as their favorite external drive. It also carries a four-star rating on Amazon as well.
The retailer lists the feature set as:
- Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
- Impressive 4 TB storage capacity
- Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
- Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
- Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
- Features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates; upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter
The deal ends tonight, so if you are in the market then act now. Heck, with a deal like this, it may not hurt to grab one even if you aren’t in the market.
Want to give your tired old computer a speed boost? Listen up — this is a good one!
A few days ago my 17” MacBook Pro shut down a couple of times due to overheating issues, so I ended up taking it to the local Mac dealer to get it cleaned out – a truck is a surprisingly dirty operating environment. The machine was full of dust, which was preventing the internal fans from functioning properly.
When I dropped the Macbook off, almost as an afterthought I decided I would have them install a larger hard drive and clone the data over while they had the machine opened up. I ended up buying a 500 gigabyte Seagate Momentous XT Hybrid hard drive as the replacement drive. It was somewhat more expensive than a non-hybrid solid state drive, but the sales pitch on the outside of the retail package touting greatly-enhanced overall performance of this hybrid drive convinced me to give it a try.
The Seagate Momentous XT 500 gigabyte solid state hard drive comes with a 4 gigabyte solid state drive, with the rest of the storage being a conventional 7200 RPM 2.5” SATA laptop hard drive. The drive contains some built-in intelligence that automatically copies the most frequently-accessed computer files that will give the most boost to overall performance, including significantly faster boot-up times.
Does it work? All I can say is “Wow!” I am amazed at the performance boost. The machine boots quicker, and overall it has a much more snappy feel. The Seagate Momentous XT 500 gigabyte hard drive is worth every penny as an upgrade.
The old adage about speeding up a computer by maxing out RAM is still true. However, now there’s a new performance-boosting item that can be added to the list: add the appropriate hybrid hard drive for an even greater performance boost. With the addition of this drive, this 17” Macbook Pro is exhibiting better performance than ever.
Needless to say, I’m impressed. If you’ve maxed out your computer’s RAM, get one of these drives: I promise you that you won’t be disappointed with the performance boost.
I have been using a Seagate GoFlex Slim Performance Drive for the past few days. While external hard drives are a dime a dozen, this is one of the first USB 3.0 with 2.o fallback that I have been able to play with. This drive can be used with a PC or a Mac, and has a high performance 7200 rpm very drive.
Researching the drive, I found out that Seagate utilized a well established drive for the guts which has a very good performance record.
While the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed was simply fantastic, the drives form factor is a huge selling factor in that the body of the drive is only 9mm thick. For those that like to minimize what they are traveling with this drive is fantastic or better yet low form factor on a desk. I found myself wanting to use it as a coaster which obviously is not a good idea.
The Seagate GoFlex Slim has a very cool secret feature it is part of the GoFlex Storage System by Seagate. If you have a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net Media Device or the Seagate GoFlex TV HD Media Player you can simply plug it into a SATA slot on one of those devices by removing the USB Adapter that is part of the GoFlex Slim drive body.
The drive includes backup software with encryption the software also makes it easy for you to sync files between your computer and the drive. Included in the drive is the Seagate Dashboard management tool.
Priced at $99.00 it is a great value for what it offers.