updated 11:25 am EST, Thu January 11, 2007
Seagate FreeAgent Drives
Storage developer Seagate at CES revealed a completely new range of external hard drives, dubbed FreeAgent, that it hopes will garner attention for style and usefulness alike. At the summit of the range is the FreeAgent Pro (pictured), a desktop drive intended for serious users who need to back up their entire document folders or synchronize frequently with online accounts. Each stores 320GB, 500GB, or 750GB internally and including Memeo backup software that can automatically upload stored photos to a Shutterfly account or to a Seagate Internet Drive, a paid online backup service that stores 500MB or more of a subscriber's most important files. Dual FireWire 400 interfaces as well as USB 2.0 and external SATA ports are built-in. The FreeAgent line will be available in February; Pro models will ship for prices between $200 (320GB) and $420 (750GB).
For less demanding backups, Seagate says it also offers the Desktop, a USB 2.0 drive storing between 250GB ($150) and 500GB ($250); the Go, a notebook-class drive that automatically syncs bookmarks, IM contact lists, and other information for Windows users in storage ranging between 80GB ($130) and 160GB ($190); and the Go Small, a 12GB microdrive with a retractable USB connector and the same features as its larger Go counterparts for a price of $140. A gallery of each drive line is available after the jump.
FreeAgent Go Small