Seagate has launched a new 500GB external hard disk drive (HDD) called BlackArmor PS110. This drive has support for USB 3.0, which means the data can be transferred at 100MB per second compared to 30MB of current USB 2.0 standards. This product was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas this year. I am prompted to buy one for sure.
My good old 120GB Maxtor drive has gone out of free memory to add any new files, it is high time to get a new one with bigger storage capacity. That is the motivation to explore about various external HDDs. BlackArmor seem to be a good option but paying as high as $180 for this 500GB drive on USB 3.0 makes absolutely no sense since the same capacity drive on USB 2.0 costs around $80. Not just that Intel will not be supporting USB 3.0 device connectors until 2011. So, I don’t think we really need to hurry up for these 3.0 specification drives. By the time USB 3.0 becomes a predominant connectivity standard in use, the prices would come down for sure!
If you are a tech enthusiast and looking for more details on this drive, here it is for you.
* Option to protect files with AES 256-bit encryption
* A feature to restore the data similar to that of Windows ‘System Restore’
* Reverse compatibility with USB 2.0
What is your current back up drive size? Is 500GB good enough for you given that we are already in HD era? If you are thinking of buying one like me, make a conscious decision. Paying double the money for same capacity drive just because it supports USB 3.0 might not be a good idea at this point of time. All the computers and other electronic gadgets are currently as per USB 2.0 specs, this HDD with USB 3.0 might have compromised performance under compatibility mode. After all, I don’t use these drives very often to transfer data.