Seagate ( is shipping a new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive — the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. What’s more, this latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new desktop design.

The streamlined industrial design delivers a smaller footprint and better reflects the aesthetic of today’s modern offices while still providing all the benefits of previous generations of the GoFlex drives, according to Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of Retail products for Seagate. The new 4TB GoFlex Desk drive is now available from Seagate and will be available from select online retailers within the month for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$249.99 USD.

The entire line of GoFlex Desk products will also adopt the new industrial design in the coming weeks. The GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive featuring both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month.

Debuted in May of 2010, the GoFlex Family of hard drives provide an alternative approach to external storage solutions by allowing users to change interface adapters to stay current with the latest in interface technology. With USB 3.0 still undergoing adoption and the emergence of Thunderbolt technology in the coming months, the GoFlex adapter concept has been proven as an idea that works and Seagate plans to continue with this design for future iterations of the company’s external hard drives, says Connolly.

The GoFlex drives are Mac OS X and Windows compatible and have the flexibility to go between both operating systems. In addition to cross-platform compatibility, the GoFlex Desk drive can also be utilized with the GoFlex Home adapter if one chooses to use it as a network drive.