Choosing a hard drive typically requires two decisions: storage-size and connectivity. Problem is, when it comes to connectivity options things are a mess. Your current options: USB, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800 don’t necessarily make it easy to choose a hard drive to buy that fits your current needs and promise compatibility as you upgrade your computer.
USB 2.0, though widely available, isn’t the fastest options and we both know your music, photo, and torrent library isn’t getting smaller. The new Seagate FreeAgent Go Flex line of external hard drives let you choose a “personality cable” based on the ports you need. With hard drives starting at $100 (for 320GB) you stay budget minded to by selecting your exact port and avoid the premium other hard drives charge for offering a bevy of built-in ports. At about a half-inch thick, several colors, up-to 7200RPM hard drive speeds, and 320GB to 1TB sizes, there’s pretty much a GoFlex for any need. Fast, flexible, cheap, secure, and futureproof. That’s not too much to ask for, right?
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