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This 8TB external drive from Seagate needs only a single USB-C port for power and data

By Koh Wanzi - on 1 Apr 2016, 9:58am

This 8TB external drive from Seagate needs only a single USB-C port for power and data

The Seagate Innov8 can sit both vertically and horizontally. (Image Source: Seagate)

Seagate has announced a new 8TB external hard drive, a monster of a drive that requires only a single USB 3.1 Type-C connector for both power and data. According to Seagate, the Innov8, as it is called, is the first external drive of this size to not need a dedicated power adapter.

The drive features an all-aluminium enclosure and is designed to be able to be placed both horizontally and vertically on users’ desks. Given its size – it measures 208 x 123.6 x 36mm – this is probably the most sensible way to use the drive. All things considered, you aren’t likely to want to lug it along in your backpack or briefcase.

The Innov8 utilizes something Seagate calls Ignition Boost, a technology which allows it to operate with just a single USB Type-C port. Seagate likened this to a car that requires a battery kick to start the engine, most likely taking advantage of USB Type-C’s support for higher power delivery specifications.

This is no clunky desktop drive though, and Seagate worked with Huge-Design to craft the Innov8 (we really like those industrial-looking ridges). Clearly, that has paid off as the drive went on to bag this year’s Red Dot design award.

Seagate is bundling 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve software compatibility with the Innov8, making it easier for users to back up, access, and share things like files and photos.

Starting in April, the Innov8 will be available to buy through Seagate’s website, Amazon, and other major resellers for US$349.

Source: Seagate

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