July 11, 2006 12:21 PM PDT

Seagate launches terabyte storage for the home

The price of data storage is dropping all the time--and just to prove it, Seagate Technology has announced a new 1-terabyte drive for $899 aimed at small businesses and tech-savvy home users.

Seagate's Maxtor Shared Storage II, announced Monday, comes in a dual-drive configuration with two 500GB drives. This configuration can be set up for Raid 1 (disk mirroring), the simplest form of protection for disk drives, as all data is backed up on a second drive immediately, Seagate said.

According to the company, the Shared Storage II system includes two USB (universal serial bus) ports to connect and share two USB printers or two additional external storage products, or one of each. It includes Maxtor Drag and Sort software for organizing files, which can identify and sort a range of different file types and put them in specific music, photo, movie, Web, software or documents folders.

But if arranging and sorting more than one terabyte of data is too much to bear, Maxtor Shared Storage II comes with an EasyManage CD that provides desktop icons for easier organization, the company said.

The problem with storing and retrieving large volumes of data usually centers on issues surrounding the speed of the connections between the storage drive and the system using it. Seagate has assumed that most people will use the drive with more than one PC or other device, and so support up to 10 connections. To keep things moving, the company has what it calls a new high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection.

A built-in IT administrator called SimpleView provides detailed information on backup and storage status at a glance, Seagate said.

Users can automatically copy content stored on Maxtor Shared Storage II by scheduling an additional backup to a connected Maxtor OneTouch or Seagate Pushbutton USB external storage system, for off-site data rotation.

Seagate's Maxtor Shared Storage II is scheduled to start shipping this month.

Colin Barker of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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Bull$%^&
Humm, if you mirror two 500 gig drives that means you only have 500 gigs of storage, NOT A TERABYTE.

This is the kind of marketing crap that turns users off of companies. These companies think only care about selling sub-standard products that are barely better than the last version of crap they unloaded on us before we realized the level of crap they were selling.

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Posted by juchestyle (21 comments )
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Read the article
It reads "This configuration can be set up for Raid 1 (disk mirroring)"

The keyword here is "CAN". It's optional or you can have 1TB of storage. Geez...

Regardfully,
Posted by demner (62 comments )
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hah
Perhaps if you actually read the article instead of be an ass about it and skim, you'd read they said you can set it up for raid 1 mirroring. It is truely one Terabyte of storage, unless you failed in math class not knowing that 500+500=1000.
Posted by flimflambeta (6 comments )
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Bull$%^&
Humm, if you mirror two 500 gig drives that means you only have 500 gigs of storage, NOT A TERABYTE.

This is the kind of marketing crap that turns users off of companies. These companies think only care about selling sub-standard products that are barely better than the last version of crap they unloaded on us before we realized the level of crap they were selling.

Respectfully,
Posted by juchestyle (21 comments )
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Read the article
It reads "This configuration can be set up for Raid 1 (disk mirroring)"

The keyword here is "CAN". It's optional or you can have 1TB of storage. Geez...

Regardfully,
Posted by demner (62 comments )
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hah
Perhaps if you actually read the article instead of be an ass about it and skim, you'd read they said you can set it up for raid 1 mirroring. It is truely one Terabyte of storage, unless you failed in math class not knowing that 500+500=1000.
Posted by flimflambeta (6 comments )
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USB2? Yeah, sure....
Looks like a slow 500 GB Raid 1 which is already available on the
market in components using FireWire bridges. Seagate is still
looking for a technology achievement (ever since 1995). Buying
Maxtor was no help
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Maxtor
I am not in a good mood with Maxtor/Seagate. Last month after a few months of usage my One Touch drive got confused (I believe it lost the partician table) and the only way to fix it was by formatting it. No reason for it either; the drive was left in all the time. I lost a days work too. (I do full daily backups.)
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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USB2? Yeah, sure....
Looks like a slow 500 GB Raid 1 which is already available on the
market in components using FireWire bridges. Seagate is still
looking for a technology achievement (ever since 1995). Buying
Maxtor was no help
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Maxtor
I am not in a good mood with Maxtor/Seagate. Last month after a few months of usage my One Touch drive got confused (I believe it lost the partician table) and the only way to fix it was by formatting it. No reason for it either; the drive was left in all the time. I lost a days work too. (I do full daily backups.)
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Hmmm... Let's see...
3 250GB HDs (from Woot next time they offer them): $150.
Basic PC (case & motherboard, but no HDs or monitor -- must be able to boot from USB port): ~$150.
Compact flash card, + PC card to use it as a drive: ~$50.

FreeNAS operating system (from Freenas.org): Free

Total for a 750GB (500GB effective) RAID5 system: $350 (Just over 1/3 what Seagate is charging)
Posted by (9 comments )
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Ok...
You forgot a cpu. What's going to run your free nas, your hamsters?
Posted by Gasaraki (183 comments )
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Ok...
What about a cpu or ram? What going to run your free nas, your hamsters?
Posted by Gasaraki (183 comments )
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Hmmm... Let's see...
3 250GB HDs (from Woot next time they offer them): $150.
Basic PC (case & motherboard, but no HDs or monitor -- must be able to boot from USB port): ~$150.
Compact flash card, + PC card to use it as a drive: ~$50.

FreeNAS operating system (from Freenas.org): Free

Total for a 750GB (500GB effective) RAID5 system: $350 (Just over 1/3 what Seagate is charging)
Posted by (9 comments )
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Ok...
You forgot a cpu. What's going to run your free nas, your hamsters?
Posted by Gasaraki (183 comments )
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Ok...
What about a cpu or ram? What going to run your free nas, your hamsters?
Posted by Gasaraki (183 comments )
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BFD....
.... Nothing new. Uses slow USB2. Been available via components
for over a year. Seagate loses again.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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BFD....
.... Nothing new. Uses slow USB2. Been available via components
for over a year. Seagate loses again.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Gigabit is Gigabit!
"To keep things moving, the company has what it calls a new high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection."

***? What else would they call it? This suggests that either "Gigabit Ethernet" was made up by the company, or that it's not really "high speed". That's a dumb thing to say. It has Gigabit Ethernet. Period. It should be "To keep things moving, Seagate gave it a Gigabit Ethernet connection."
Posted by ThinkingInBinary (2 comments )
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Gigabit is Gigabit!
"To keep things moving, the company has what it calls a new high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection."

***? What else would they call it? This suggests that either "Gigabit Ethernet" was made up by the company, or that it's not really "high speed". That's a dumb thing to say. It has Gigabit Ethernet. Period. It should be "To keep things moving, Seagate gave it a Gigabit Ethernet connection."
Posted by ThinkingInBinary (2 comments )
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Seagate? or Maxtor?
So "Seagate" announces--- hey great! a 5-year warranty. Then I see it's their Maxtor line -- so it's the one-year warranty--kinda like the difference between Black & Decker's "DeWalt" vs their plain "Black & Decker" lines of power tools. Seldom I've had a Maxtor drive last more than 2 or 3 years. That puts the kibbosh on buying that drive that for me. C'mon guys, make it a quality drive...even if it costs more, How 'bout something that at least meets the reqs for a drive in a Tivo[tm] rather than for a proverbial grandmom who drives the thing only to church on Sundays. Let me have something at really can go 100,000 hrs without failure.
Posted by spruceman (38 comments )
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Seagate? or Maxtor?
So "Seagate" announces--- hey great! a 5-year warranty. Then I see it's their Maxtor line -- so it's the one-year warranty--kinda like the difference between Black & Decker's "DeWalt" vs their plain "Black & Decker" lines of power tools. Seldom I've had a Maxtor drive last more than 2 or 3 years. That puts the kibbosh on buying that drive that for me. C'mon guys, make it a quality drive...even if it costs more, How 'bout something that at least meets the reqs for a drive in a Tivo[tm] rather than for a proverbial grandmom who drives the thing only to church on Sundays. Let me have something at really can go 100,000 hrs without failure.
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