Mac users have had many options for external storage lately. Two weeks ago, Western Digital unveiled its new My Book Studio II for Mac, and Seagate just now released a few of its own.
The company announced Wednesday a new lineup of portable and desktop FreeAgent external hard drives designed specifically for Macs. This includes two portable external hard drives, a regular-size external hard drive, and a docking station.
The portable drives includes the FreeAgent Go for Mac and FreeAgent Go Pro for Mac, similar to the Windows versions released awhile ago. These two drives share the same capacities of up to 500GB, but the Pro version comes with FireWire connections and a faster 7200rpm internal hard drive, while the nonpro version comes with USB 2.0 and a 5400rpm internal hard drive. The 500GB versions of the FreeAgent Go and FreeAgent Go Pro cost $150 and $190, respectively.
The FreeAgent Desk Drive for Mac now offers 2TB of storage (up from 1TB in the previous model) and comes with FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 connections. It costs $340.
The last item in the lineup is a new FreeAgent Go Dock+ docking station designed to quickly accommodate any FreeAgent Go and FreeAgent Go for Mac portable hard drives. It works with both Macs and Windows computers. The dock also works as a bus-powered USB hub, offering three additional USB ports. It costs $40.
All Seagate FreeAgent for Mac solutions come formatted as HSF+ for Mac OS X and are Time Machine ready. They are available for purchase immediately.