For a while now, I’ve been looking for a device to manage and safely store all my media. I have five laptops, three of which I don’t use, but can’t seem to get rid of, mostly because I think I need something on them all, even though they barely work. With every successive one I purchase, I copy over my important files, pictures, videos and music from the old computer, and then just phase out its use. I still have my Compaq, now branded HP, that I used 10 years ago in YU. I haven’t even powered it on in the past 6 years, but I can’t seem to part with it.
That being said, every digital picture and video I’ve taken over the past 7 years is on one of two that still work. And while we’ve printed them out and put many of them in albums, I don’t plan on deleting them. This way, the collages, albums and videos we plan on making down the road will be easier to deal with. It also stores all of my music that I spent hours burning from my 100+ cd’s. Google Play Music has made that part easier to handle now that I’ve uploaded all of it to that library.
But I have yet to find a reliable “cloud” service for the rest of my media and documents. Dropbox is great for sharing, but 2.75GB is not nearly enough storage, and I don’t want to pay a monthly fee. I recently signed up for box.com from my Android, and received 50GB free, but the Max file size is 100MB, another limitation of a free account. I got in with the Amazon Cloud Drive when it started and got 20GB for free, but I haven’t really used it. Amazon MP3, also available at Google Play, integrates with the Cloud Drive, but only for music. So, I have upwards of 72.75GB that I’ve barely used out of restrictions or interest.
In truth, I’ve been looking at external hard drives for the past few months, but haven’t really decided on one, be it because of size or cost. But I came across one this morning that integrates all of my mobile (smartphones and tables) and semi-mobile (laptops) devices. And that is the Seagate GoFlex Satellite. Currently only available with a capacity of 500GB (more than I’ll probably ever need), this hard drive connects to your computer, PC or Mac, using USB 3.0. You can then access all of your media files from up to 3 mobile devices at a time, using the free apps for both Android and iPhone via a WiFi connection, with a range of up to 150 feet. They do note in their FAQ’s that at this time, you can only stream or access files from the GoFlex drive to a mobile device and not the reverse. The hope to be able to implement such features as/if they become available. If you want to load files from your mobile device to the GoFlex, you will need to use your computer as a pass-through.
It is pretty light at 1.1lbs, so it won’t weigh you down when you’re on the go.
And in fairness to other external hard drive, this is more of a media manager than a backup drive, but isn’t that what most of us would use an external hard drive for anyways? What other reason do you save files, pictures, video and music for if not to access them at a later time? This device seems like it is the perfect fit for my needs.
Kingston makes a similar product called the Wi-Drive, but they are currently only available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB variations.
Amazon has this now for $173, (was $165 when I started writing this) and with Prime membership you can get free two day shipping, or $3.99 next day:
Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBF500101 Black
I hope to purchase this in the near future, so if anyone has a better option for me as a mobile-enabled backup drive, please leave a comment below.
Living In The Clouds