Seagate Releases New Consumer Storage Solutions
Seagate Technology at CES introduced several new consumer-oriented backup, sharing and storage solutions, including the Maxtor BlackArmor encrypting storage solution, a 160GB portable storage device that provides AES government-grade encryption protection against unauthorized access to digital files.
The BlackArmor drive uses Seagate Secure technology, a hardware-based encryption that makes the encryption transparent to the user and, according to the company, is easy to install and use. The device interfaces with the computer over a USB 2.0 connection. It’s scheduled for release in the second quarter with an MSRP of about $149.99. Other announcements include the Maxtor Central Axis software solution, a free download, which provides a secure and convenient way to access and share content on a Maxtor Shared Storage II networked drive via a Web connection.
Seagate also rolled out its FreeAgent family of storage products, designed to offer increased capacities and cross-platform compatibility, with support for the MAC OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. In the first quarter of 2008, FreeAgent Pro hard drives will be available with up to 1TB storage, and provide desktop and online support to help users manage and share their digital files. The compact FreeAgent Go drive will be available with up to 250GB capacity in the first quarter. The drives include a five-year limited warranty.