Seagate Announces Launch of World's First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate Announces Launch of World's First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive

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Seagate has announced the launch of the Seagate Innov8, the world's first USB-powered desktop hard drive. The drive has a capacity of 8TB.

Convenience and Capacity
There is still an abundance of consumer electronics that require an external power supply, placing a premium on power outlets. With advancements in USB 3.1 technology, major manufacturers like Apple are beginning to rely on one connection-type for everything. Today, with the introduction of Seagate’s new Ignition Boost Technology, Innov8 is the world’s first 8TB desktop hard drive that does not need to be plugged into a power outlet. Similar to a standard car requiring a battery kick to start the engine, Ignition Boost together with USB 3.1 enables Innov8 to thrive off bus power. No dedicated power source or adapter required.

What’s more, Innov8 features industry-leading capacity with Seagate’s 8TB HDD. Now users simply plug in the reversible USB-C cable and have access to a lifetime of data – including more than two million songs, four million photos and eight hundred HD Movies.

Seagate Announces Launch of World's First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive

Art Imitates Engineering
Innov8, a recipient of this year’s Red Dot design award, follows Seagate Seven—a 2015 Red Dot design award winner—by embodying the durability and physique of the hard drive inside. Innov8’s premium, well-balanced aluminum enclosure and design means users can horizontally or vertically place it on the desktop as they prefer. The industrial design excellence of Innov8—as with Seagate Seven—was done in partnership with Huge-Design, a firm recognized by some of the industry’s most influential consumer electronics brands GoPro, HP, and Nike.

“Creating an extreme design that visually celebrates Seagate’s world-class engineering capabilities was a key objective of this engagement,” said Bill Webb, Huge-Design. “Innov8 builds on Seven’s success to once again convey the functional beauty of an internal hard drive, but with enough capacity to help ensure seemingly endless space to store the memories we all love. The drive represents a bold yet practical solution for today’s consumer, looking to preserve a wealth of memories in the most compelling way possible.”

Pricing and Availability
Seagate Innov8 will be available in April for $349 (US MSRP) through Seagate.com, Amazon and other premium resellers.


Seagate Announces Launch of World's First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate Announces Launch of World's First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive
Omar Kamel - March 31, 2016 at 4:47pm
Nobody ever said anything about it being SSD, and yet, some comments seems to think it's an SSD! The title clearly says it's Seagate, and some people think it's WD!
Nasr - April 2, 2016 at 3:21pm
WD is my mistake, and the title says "hard drive" so it's open to interpretation. Perhaps your preference is a fat, noise, ugly Seagate drive, but I would prefer a sleek, thin, super fast drive.
mattt - March 31, 2016 at 12:11am
A 1TB SSD retails for like $430, so that'd be like $3500, maybe $3000 retail, so there would be NO WAY they could make too much off of that selling it to the public. These would be for professionals really.
- March 31, 2016 at 3:04am
It's HDD not SSD. Profit on enclosure.
memofddfd - March 30, 2016 at 9:10pm
Are SSD drives tried and tested yet to trust with this amount of data? My 2015 macbook pro's ssd failed after 6 months with no chance of data retrieval and when I started searching I found that quite a few were failing too. Don't get me wrong, I have had loads of drives fail but managed to recover a vast majority of the data but doesn't seem possible with sad.
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