Seagate bets on SSDs for everything from mobile to NAS at CES 2019


At CES 2019 Seagate was bullish about the future – it is SSDs – and that is something coming from one of the world’s largest spinning (HDD) makers.

It is not ready to ditch HDD technology yet. Bang-for-buck nothing touches it for mass storage. GadgetGuy is currently trialling its 14TB Iron Wolf NAS drives that are under $800 each ($57 per Terabyte storage). Compare that with similar capacity SSD (over four drives) at over $8,000.

Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing for Seagate said,

“Companies are increasing digitisation and consumers are embracing personalised, real-time data interactions. With these changes come higher expectations for managing data. With over 40 years’ experience in data management, Seagate is continuously innovating to prepare customers for this new era of data resilience. Our new line-up of data storage solutions empowers consumers to efficiently manage their video, photos, and documents, at home, in the office, or on-the-go.”

Seagate’s newest line-up of storage solutions include SSD and HDD:

Storage Style Icon – LaCie

The LaCie 5TB, SATA6 USB-C Mobile HDD is ideal for storing an ever-growing digital library with its capacity topping out at 5TB.

The LaCie 2TB 540MBps, USB-C Mobile SSD is best for shuttling content from the set to post-production or using it as a scratch disk editing 4K video projects


Both solutions feature a diamond-cut design complementing Apple MacBook aesthetics and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan. LaCie Mobile Drive features a 2-year limited warranty, while LaCie Mobile SSD offers a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan. Both new drives are available in January.

Your Storage for Favorite Memories – economically saved to the hard disk

Seagate’s Backup Plus is a family of portable external offering automatic backup with multi-device folder sync and data protection with hardware encryption. Backup Plus Slim (1 and 2TB) and Backup Plus Portable (4 and 5TB) both have aluminium finishes available in black, blue, and silver.


Backup Plus models include a complimentary 2-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Backup Plus Ultra Touch (1 and 2TB) will be available in February and Backup Plus Slim and Backup Plus Portable will be available in March.

Ultra-high speed SSD

FireCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

The FireCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD delivers 3450/3200MBps sequential read/write performance for the ultimate gaming experience. It allows gamers to run multiple simultaneous video streams and programs – crucial for gameplay recording and streaming. It comes in an M.2 2280 form factor and capacity is 1 and 2TB (it is a double-sided M.2 – check your device is compatible)


BarraCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

BarraCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD offers 3400/2100MBps sequential read/write. Ideal for ultra-thin laptops, mini-PCs, and desktops. Capacity is 256/512GB.


Available this spring (Australian Autumn), FireCuda 510 and BarraCuda 510 feature Seagate’s SeaTools SSD GUI dashboard for easy data management and a 5-year limited warranty.

The World’s First Purpose-Built SSD for NAS

Seagate’s IronWolf 110 SATA 6 SSD is the world’s first purpose-built NAS SSD. It has enterprise-class endurance and reliability and capacities of up to 3.48TB. SATA 6 drives in a NSA are limited to the LAN throughput.

Seagate’s exclusive Durawrite technology helps accelerate reads and writes, extend the life of the flash and provide up to 7000 TBW (terabytes written) on the 3.84TB capacity drive.


IronWolf drives ensure top performance and the best possible user experience with the confidence of a 5-year limited warranty and 2-year data recovery support. IronWolf 110 will be available this January.

GadgetGuy’s take: SSD is the future

I recently upgraded a friend’s five-year-old notebook – it had a 2.5” HDD. It was taking over two minutes to boot and disk transfer times were lucky to be 10MBps. The choice was a 1TB Seagate BarraCuda HDD at $69 or a 1TB SATA 6 SSD at $300.

Money was an issue, so I suggested a 240GB SSD at $58 and a 1TB USB-C external Seagate hard disk for $75.

Now it boots in 20 seconds, and disk transfer is up to 60MBps. External disk transfer is similar.

The owner is over the moon about saving money and the increased speed. The fact is that most of his old hard disk had stuff he never accessed – it’s now all on external storage.

The moral of the story is go SSD internally for speed but settle for a smaller capacity. Relegate your storage to slower and cheaper external HDD.