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Seagate Debuts Home Network Storage Device

Storage company Seagate has unveiled a new home networking storage system called the GoFlex which is essentially a NAS drive with some clever features added on.

The device, available either in 1TB or 2TB capacity, is made up of a drive which is connected to a dock and connects via an Ethernet port to a router.

Users will be able to backup up to three computers onto the drive using the Memeo backup software; such a limit has apparently been implemented in order to restrict the use of the product to the home market although you will be able to buy additional licenses if needed.

The GoFlex is compatible with Time-machine and even Mac computers will be able to connect to it. Seagate says that you will be able to wirelessly share a USB printer using the drive and capacity can be boosted by adding a USB external drive.

You will be able to use the drive with Gaming consoles (and any other DLNA compatible devices) as well as Seagate's own GoFlex TV HD media player or its FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player. You will have to buy an additional license for $50 if you want mobile devices to access data on the drive.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use Seagate's latest 3TB hard disk drive and the device itself is not entirely foolproof as in you can't back up files that are on it and there's no basic features like mirroring.

No release dates for the UK have been confirmed and the 1TB will cost $159 while the 2TB model will go on sale for $229.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.