Seagate Launches First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate-Innov8Seagate today announced the launch of the Innov8, which it claims to be the world's first desktop-class external hard drive that does not need to be plugged into a power outlet. The HDD is compatible with the Retina MacBook and other USB-C notebooks.

Innov8 is an 8TB hard drive powered by a single USB-C cable, eliminating the need for a dedicated power source or adapter. The achievement was possible through USB 3.1 advancements and Seagate's new Ignition Boost Technology.

Seagate was the recipient of a 2016 Red Dot design award for the Innov8, which features an aluminum enclosure that can be placed horizontally or vertically on a desk.

Innov8 will be available in April for $349 through Seagate, Amazon, and select resellers. 200GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage is included.

Tags: Seagate, USB-C


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9 months ago
8TB for $349? We've come a long way.
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9 months ago

A Core M draws around 30 Amps. USB C is limited to 3 Amps. No.

He was talking about POWER, you are talking about current, which makes no sense.
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9 months ago
Waiting on USB-C, USB 3.1 equipped Macs other than MB. WWDC where art thou?
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9 months ago
Off-topic: I'm really frustrated to how Thunderbolt 1/2 have been ditched in such a short period of time. I have two of these ports on my laptop and won't be using them in the foreseeable future...
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9 months ago

Say good bye to battery life as this thing likely draws more power than the Core m CPU inside the MacBook...


A Core M draws around 30 Amps. USB C is limited to 3 Amps. No.
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9 months ago

Exactly. Current is one component of power, but voltage is the second (P=IV). According to Seagate's datasheet ('http://www.seagate.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/desktop-hdd-8tbDS1770-7-1511UK-en_GB.pdf'), its 8TB desktop HDD draws 9W on average. Even with "Ignition Boost Technology" (we don't even know what that means yet) and a lower rpm it's likely that this drive draws ~6-7W, which is going to have a significant impact on battery life. For an occasional file transfer while on the go, that's fine, but for frequent data access it kills the mobility principle.


Hence the reason it is called "desktop class". The idea is that it will be plugged into a PC, Mac Pro, or a laptop that is also docked and powered.
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9 months ago

Say good bye to battery life as this thing likely draws more power than the Core m CPU inside the MacBook...


It's a desktop HD.
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9 months ago
8TB seagate....do you feel lucky and love your data?
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9 months ago
I remember buying a Western Digital 500GB for $350

Also I would definitely need this when I upgrade to a USB C compatible macbook pro, in the future
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9 months ago
Say good bye to battery life as this thing likely draws more power than the Core m CPU inside the MacBook...
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