Seagate Innov8 8TB USB 3.1 Type-C Desktop HDD Review

Seagate Innov8 8TB USB 3.1 Type-C Desktop HDD Review

People who wish to expand their available media storage without introducing a new 3.5/2.5″ interior drive have three valid options, either opt for a external 2.5/3.5″ hard drive or for a much more expensive (and functional) NAS. Price and size (let’s not also forget that not everyone knows about them) are the two main reasons people choose not to go with a NAS so 2.5/3.5″ solutions are far more popular today. On the other hand although we all have at least one 2.5″ portable hard disk drive with a current maximum storage capacity of 4TB (not to mention their performance) they may not be quite enough for demanding users so that pretty much only leaves 3.5″ desktop hard disk drives which are available in capacities all the way up to 8TB. Unfortunately unlike the bus-powered 2.5″ portable models which work just by plugging them into a USB 3.0 port (4.5W output @ 0.9A) 3.5″ external models require far more power than what most USB 3.0 ports can output (7-10W) and to get that power an extra power adapter must be plugged into a electrical socket. Seagate seems determined to solve this and their first attempt is the somewhat impressive Innov8 external hard disk drive which we’ve been testing for roughly 3 weeks now… at NikKTech

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