Seagate Unleashes the Largest Consumer External Drive the World Has Ever Seen



Seagate’s new, largest-in-the-world GoFlex Desk external hard drive ($250) weighs in at a strapping four terabytes. I know, that’s only one terabyte more than their next biggest desktop drive; but that’s enough storage space for 30.3 million more press images like the ones above; 833,333 more GoFlex user guides; or 2,272 more videos of me trying to duct tape some gadget to my forehead in a hilariously misguided attempt to gain interesting yet incredibly useless data about something or other.

The new GoFlex Desk is only available with a bundled USB 3.0 connector, but the modular nature of the GoFlex family means that FireWire (or hopefully soon, Thunderbolt) can be purchased separately.


  • imajoebob

    One uncut track of The Grateful dead playing “Dark Star” live!

  • Dwayne_Chapman

    I need this with Thunderbolt! Tired of waiting on Lacie.

  • wilkerlucio

    Westerned Digital has a 6TB user hard drive:

    I still prefer the WD :P

  • Dickusmagnus

    Does this mean I can get even sloppier about cleaning up my data?

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    Sorry, but that’s too much data to be trusted to a single drive.  I’d have to buy a second one for backup.  I don’t even want to think about losing a drive full of data half that size.

  • VideoEditor

    I agree with $36AShare. If this 4TB drive were a combination of (2TB) drives and was able to do a RAID 5 setup for backup and/or have twice the data throughput (especially for thunderbolt), then it’d be something worth looking into. I still haven’t seen the specs, but with thunderbolt already here, a single drive setup may actually be a bottleneck for speed.

  • Oprah Noodlemantra

    I wonder how many episodes of Doctor Who I could fit on one of these. Do you have that data?

  • Alan Sawyer

    Lacie has been selling a 4TB drive for over a year. I should know, I have two of them. Now if this were a 4TB SSD then I’d be interested

  • Mystakill

    You need a minimum of three drives for RAID 5.  The best you can do with two drives is RAID 0 (striping data across both disks for improved performance) or RAID 1 (mirroring data from one disk to another as a real-time clone).

    Your best option is either a standalone RAID enclosure or a NAS (network attached storage) device with three or more disks.  If you’re truly worried about data loss, then you’ll also need a secondary device to back up the first device.  Each of these is incrementally more expensive than the option before it.

  • elimilchman

    Oprah, the chronometric nature of Doctor Who episodes tends to cause a problem with the flux capacitor of most drives, including this one; hence, you would probably only be able to fit three.