Seagate Innov8: This 8TB External Drive Requires No Extra Power Connection


While it’s not the first 8TB external hard drive you can get off the shelf, the Seagate Innov8 separates itself from the pack by requiring less cords. That’s because instead of powering from a wall outlet like conventional high-capacity storage, it draws power from the same USB-C connection it uses to transfer files, making it just as convenient to use as any lower-capacity external drive.

Billed as “the world’s first USB-powered 8TB desktop hard drive,” the device uses Seagate’s Ignition Boost technology, which harnesses power from the data connection to operate the drive without help from an AC power source. That means, one less cord to carry with you when bringing a whopping 8TB of storage along, as well as one less power outlet to reserve every time you use it.


The Seagate Innov8 isn’t just impressive inside, it’s easy on the eyes outside, too. Sporting an aluminum enclosure with an industrial aesthetic, it brings a futuristic edge that, we guess, is appropriate for the fresh tech it’s bringing to the table. Granted, it’s way bulkier than the hard drive you probably carry in your pocket, but if you need this many terabytes of storage on the go, we guess a little bulk isn’t all that much to put up with.

Slated for availability next month, the Seagate Innov8 is priced at $349.

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2 Responses

  1. Jose Fogarty

    Man, that price is just a little out of hand, even for 8TB, but not having to have that power is a major bonus.

  2. Noah

    As much as I rely on “the cloud” to store my backups, I also want a physical external hard drive. You can never have too much insurance to keep all of yur family pictures and work documents backed up securely. The Seagate Innov8 external hard drive only requires 1 cord. I often travel with an external drive so I can always have backups of my vlog video footage. By only having 1 cord there is a lot less to carry and keep untangled. No heavy power cord is a huge feature for me.

    This is a USB powered external drive that can hold 8TBs of data! That is huge. That is about 800 High-Definition movies. I would not hesitate to buy this. The higher-end Seagate drives have been proven workhorses for me. I have used nothing but Seagate over the last few years and ma very loyal to the brand so theur most current release has me salivating. Nerdy I know, but if you rely on external drives like I do then you would get the same feeling.

    As with most Seagate products, you will be able tp buy it on Amazon. I got a bunch of gift certificates and will be ordering this up. If this holds up as well as my older Seagate drives then this will be a product of the candidate.


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