When it comes to external hard drives for backing up data and for additional storage space, consumers have quite a few options. The FreeAgent GoFlex by Seagate is a 1 TB external hard drive that's a cut above the rest in terms of performance and reliability. With a 2 year limited warranty and the peace of mind that comes with purchasing a Seagate memory product, the FreeAgent GoFlex is an appealing option both for casual users and corporate employees in need of some convenient, portable disk space.
The FreeAgent GoFlex comes in the now standard 2.5” format that most external hard drives have adopted. Basically, it's a laptop drive with an enclosure. Running at 5400 RPM with 16 MB of disk cache, it's not as fast as your average desktop drive. However, it's equipped with the Seagate Dashboard management tool by default to make backups easier. You can easily reformat the drive to HFS+ for use with Mac's Time Machine as well. With nearly 1 TB of space, it can store up to 1,000 hours of digital video or 320,000 digital photos.
One of the biggest selling points of the FreeAgent GoFlex is its ability to easily upgrade its connectivity options through the use of additional Firewire 800 and eSATA cables. They plug into the rear of the drive much as the included USB 2.0 cable would, expanding your options when it comes to how you want to back up files. In terms of reliability, it gets some of the highest user reviews and ratings for any external hard drive on the market. It's a bit more expensive than some budget drives, but you'll get your money's worth over time with the 1 TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex.
I am storing videos and audios - I currently use 2 Maxtor External Drives (1 TB and 750 GB), and 2 internal Western Digital Green drive (1 TB, 320 GB I think) for my storage needs...
Things are fine - but of course I want my storage to be more organized. The external drives are for backup. I don't use online backup because I am concerned about bandwidth - my own internet bandwidth.
It would be great to have a 10 TB drive with 10 TB backup. I think that would last me for a while.
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live.pirillo.com - geeks.pirillo.com - I have a hard drive without an enclosure, and I don't really have any extra enclosures. I need to get to the data that is on this hard drive. I either need to buy an enclosure to put it into just long enough to access my data. Or... is there another way I can get access to the information on the hard drive without putting it into an enclosure?
The ad campaign also underscores a key change in the computer industry: the move to laptop computers and away from desktops. One impact of that change is that it has led to a decline in business for makers of generic desktops — like the guy on the street corner who used to assemble “white box” computers (laptops are tougher to make on the fly than desktops). In turn, Seagate and other parts providers are doing less business with the resellers who supplied white box makers, and hoping to do more by selling extra drive space directly to consumers.
This is interesting change in the market. For example, CD drives, RAM, are generally not advertised to the public.
My Summary: A NAS is just a filestore. It is just like a shared external hard drive. It is accessed as a shared drive and accessed like \\NAS-Server\folder1.
A SAN is also like that, but is accessed as a disk, and computers (servers) connecting to the SAN are allocated certain amounts of storage. They deal with the SAN as they would with a disk, in blocks. That allocation can change, so the storage is in a sense, virtualized. Computers have storage, and by expanding the SAN, you can allocate more space however you wish, to the computers accessing the SAN. So how do you access the SAN? iSCSI is one way - it just means using existing ethernet to access the SAN. It is lower performance and lower cost than alternate means. Fibre Channel is currently faster at around 4 GB/s. Duration : 0:8:26