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Seagate is finally ready to launch external SSD drives

By Vijay Anand - on 9 Jan 2018, 9:15pm

Seagate’s new Fast SSD will give WD My Passport SSD some competition

Seagate has long played down the significance of SSD drive adoption and has focussed on cost per GB/TB to offer ever more traditional HDD solutions. After all, Seagate is a hard disk drive specialist at heart.

At CES 2018, Seagate is finally ready to make the jump to the SSD bandwagon with a new series of Seagate Fast SSD drives. Thankfully Seagate hasn’t spared any effort and the new Fast SSD looks and feels premium with a modern sleek design language. It certainly looks better than the WD My Passport SSD and is probably a tad thinner too. Like the WD drive, Seagate’s Fast SSD is also extremely lightweight, shock resistant and can easily withstand the usual bumps and bruises during your commute.

Maximum read/write sequential speeds are rated for up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s respectively over a USB Type-C connection, so it should easily go toe-to-toe with the WD counterpart. The drive will also ship with Seagate’s Toolkit software for convenient folder syncing between your target backup system and the Seagate Fast SSD. Out of the box, the drive is formatted with the exFAT file system so it’s compatible with both PC and Mac systems.

The Seagate Fast SSD will be shipping in Spring 2018 (about Q2 this year) and is available at these capacities and price points:-

  • 250GB:- US$99
  • 500GB:- US$169
  • 1TB:- US$349

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