Seagate's New Drives Add Docking Stations

New colors and slimmer looks featured in external drives for PCs and Macs.

The docks stand the drives on their end.
The docks stand the drives on their end.

Backing up should be a little bit easier with new docking stations that Seagate is selling alongside its external hard drives. The company's FreeAgent drives also get new colors and a slimmer look, and versions for the Apple Mac.

The docks are an industry first, Seagate says. They offer a simple way to connect the drives to one computer. They offer a USB connector in the case of the PC dock, and a Firewire 800 connector for Macs. The PC dock costs $30 in addition to the drives, which start at $120 for 250 gigabytes.

The Mac drives come preformatted for OS X and can also be connected to USB or Firewire 400 ports via cables. The FreeAgent Go Drive for Mac includes the desktop dock and a carrying case and starts at $160 for 250 GB.

I've had a chance to try the Mac docking port, and it does offer a bit more convenience for someone who disconnects the drive often for taking it along. Having a dock saves fumbling for another cord. But I'm not sure it's worth the $30 premium, and it fills a valuable Firewire 800 port on a Mac.