Seagate announces 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive

Seagate has officially announced its 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard drive today, nearly two months after it was first rumoured.

The 3.5-inch 3TB FreeAgent is the latest in its GoFlex range, which was unveiled in May of this year. According to Seagate the whopper can hold 120 high-definition movies, 1,500 games, and thousands of photos or music files.

It can also adapt a USB 2.0 interface into a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to speed up the transfer of the thousands of files people will undoubtedly be using the drive for. It comes with a USB 2.0  adaptor as standard.

It will work on both Windows and Mac OS X computers, but you’ll need a 64-bit version of the operating systems in order to take advantage of hard drive space over 2TB. Mac users will be happy to know it includes a NTFS driver, which allows files to be transferred between Windows and Mac OS X machines without reformatting.

This comes just in time, according to Parks Associates analyst Kurt Scherf, who said: “Consumers who are active in digital media creation and consumption will witness their digital media storage needs grow nine-fold by 2014, driving the demand for higher capacity, easy-to-use storage.” 

A recent Parks Associates report suggested that the average household will need 900GB of storage by 2014, so we can probably expect more substantial hard drives to surface in the near future.

Initial rumours had the price at $500, but consumers will be glad to know that it’s actually half of that, retailing at $249.99.