Seagate introduces GoFlex hard drive for Mac; GoFlex technology available for 3rd parties

Seagate, the manufacturer of hard drives and portable storage solutions, used the ongoing CES in Las Vegas to introduce a version of its popular GoFlex hard drive series for Mac.

The new version of GoFlex storage system, which was launched in May 2010, features both 2.5-inch portable as well as 3.5-inch desktop versions.

The GoFlex for Mac external drive line include GoFlex for Mac ultra-portable drive, GoFlex for Mac limited edition ultra-portable drive, GoFlex Pro for Mac ultra-portable, and GoFlex Desk for Mac drive.

There are four new drives in the new GoFlex for Mac External Drive lineup. The ultra-portables can be had in 1TB and 1.5TB capacities, with price tags of $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.

The GoFlex drives bring FireWire 800, USB 2.0 adaptors and cables. These drives are capable of accepting eSATA and USB 3.0 for Windows computers.

In addition, the GoFlex drives are HFS+ formatted, which makes them compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software.

During presentation at the CES, Seagate also announced that it would allow third-parties to use its GoFlex technology.

As per announcement, any company can incorporate the GoFlex technology into its products without any royalty fee.