At this year's CES Seagate announced its intentions to open the GoFlex connector standard, enabling devices and other drivemakers to build products around its GoFlex removable drive standard. We've seen limited public uptake thus far, but at Computex Antec announced its intentions to include a GoFlex drive bay in some of its future cases:

The bay can accept either GoFlex compatible drives or, with the swap of an insert, standard 2.5" SATA drives. With a standard 2.5" drive in place, the bay can also accept another 2.5" drive internally.

The GoFlex or standard SATA drive plug into a PCB backplane which connects to your SATA controller via a standard SATA cable. No word whether or not Antec's solution will support 6Gbps SATA at this point or how well tested it is with SSDs.

Antec expects GoFlex to debut in cases by the end of the year, perhaps on the new Solo II.

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  • qhoa1385 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    interesting, but no thank you
  • Chillin1248 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    What makes this different than the 100's of other hot-swap SATA cases out there?
  • littvay - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    How about an upgraded Momentus.XT Hybrid laptop hard drive. Something with a little bigger SSD and tweaked to perform better. Also, something above 500GB please. That I am actually in need of :) (as compared to...)
  • MadAd - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    just design a smaller case standard already, look at the stupid thing sticking out of the huge lump
  • Wolfpup - Thursday, June 9, 2011 - link

    Don't know how long that Seagate connection will be around, but it's kind of cool for the time being. I could actually make use of it I suppose, since I've got both a 3.5" and 2.5" drive using it now.
  • Freakie - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    To be honest their connection is a standard SATA power+data connection like in a laptop. So instead of having two different heads for power and data like on a desktop, they are on the same connector on the GoFlex connectors (that supply power). You can connect any bare drive using the GoFlex connector.

    I can verify that too! Went to Best Buy to find a hard drive dock because I was out of town with a friend and they needed to recover deleted files from a drive and the only thing we had that was big enough to put the recovered data to was their desktop drive, which obviously wouldn't fit the 2.5" enclosure I had. Found a $20 GoFlex USB/Firewire dock that has external power and the desktop drive connected without a hitch.

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