Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite: the answer to all our mobile storage problems?

By on July 25, 2011
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The future of mobile storage.

I went today for the launch event of the new Seagate GoFlex Satellite portable HDD and was quite impressed with the tech on display. What makes the GoFlex Satellite HDD unique is that it has a built-in WiFi g/n adapter and is built for the sole purpose of wirelessly streaming data onto your mobile devices.


Right now it’s possible to have all your movies and songs stored on your mobile devices directly by buying a higher capacity model, or you can have it stored on your computer and then access it remotely through some third party app. But this means using up the bandwidth of your current WiFi router or your data package in case of a 3G connection. The first option is expensive if you want more storage; the second option is too convoluted to setup every time. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite promises to solve these two issues with a (relatively) cheap storage medium with easy setup and streaming.

What would you go for?

Basically you can start up the GoFlex Satellite and connect to it wirelessly as you would any other WiFi router. You can then stream any stored movie (playable on iOS & Android devices), picture, song and documents. Up to 3 people can connect simultaneously to one GoFlex Satellite and stream different content. It has the WiFi adapter inside it as well as a battery with a rated 5 hour life. Consider now, that not only all of your media is available to you on a portable HDD, but you can also stream off it to your iOS and Android devices seamlessly! No need to shell out exorbitant amounts of hard earned money on a laughable storage increase.

This has great potential for sharing data in a business environment as well as with friends and family. Sure it’s limited to just three connections and has a battery life of just 5 hours, but this is the beginning of a new era. One can simply buy the cheapest version of a mobile or tablet and never worry about missing out on storage space on the higher-end models. Of course, keeping a portable HDD on the go with you at all times is something one needs to adjust to. However, I’m sure we can all simply survive with having our most important data on our mobile devices and then have an extra library of those songs, movies, pictures and the occasional Excel file on the GoFlex Satellite that we don’t need all the time, but do feel like wanting it every now and then.

In traffic jams you can have up to 2 strangers join in on the fun!

The idea is that your “extra” library of entertainment content is not limited to your desktop or laptop anymore. You can always have it with you wherever you go and not feel like you missed out by not going for the higher storage model.

It’s easy to see this technology trickling into other usage like say, backing up the main HDD of your computer on the GoFlex Satellite. I know there are other products in the market out there already that do this, but 1) they are prohibitively expensive and 2) they’re still not as simple to setup and use every time as the GoFlex Satellite.  Think of it like cloud storage of sorts, except this cloud is in your pocket.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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