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Adventurer gets a storage assist from Seagate

Guest Post by: Nari Yoon – Sr. Manager Corporate Communications – Seagate Technology, Singapore.

Singapore adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow has carved his name in the record books as the first Southeast Asian man to summit Mount Everest three times. On his third attempt to scale the world’s highest peak, Khoo got a storage assist from Seagate.

Khoo, 47, brought along two 500GB Seagate GoFlex Ultra-portable drives, which he used to capture several high-resolution images and HD videos taken with a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera.

HP, Seagate and Canon were among the corporate sponsors of Khoo’sAltitude X adventure to scale eight of the world’s highest mountains. Everest was the first leg of that adventure, which Khoo conquered last May.

Two-Faced Mountain

Rising 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level, Everest can be scaled from two sides—the northern ridge from Tibet and the southern ridge from Nepal. For his third try, Khoo chose the former and more challenging route.

Before summiting, climbers must spend time adjusting to the mountain’s extreme altitude, building up their strength and stamina. Khoo and his team spent several weeks at Advanced Base Camp, or ABC, situated at 6,400 meters (20,997 feet). The desolate camp is also where Seagate’s drives made their home.

During his stay at ABC, Khoo took hundreds of photos and several videos. In his past climbs, Khoo had only the camera’s memory card to store images. With Seagate’s spacious GoFlex Ultra-portable drives, however, he didn’t have to worry about choosing which shots to keep or delete. Seagate’s drives also offered Khoo the benefits of speed and portability.

“At 6,400 meters, the air pressure and oxygen is very low,” Khoo said. “Every bit of energy you exert needs to have purpose behind it. Ease of use and simplicity with my equipment is very important. The Seagate drives were compact, high in capacity and quick. The FireWire 800 capability ensured large files were transferred with little effort.”

Durable Drives

Khoo was equally impressed with the drives’ durability. Despite being exposed to high altitudes and chilling -25°C temperatures, Khoo said the drives worked without a hitch.

“I never had a single drive failure, which was incredible, considering where they were being stored,” he said.

While Seagate’s storage stood up to the rigors of Everest, the mountain took its toll on Khoo’s climbing partners. After three weeks at camp, three climbers from his party of five withdrew, leaving only Khoo, his sherpas and a partner. On May 21, the window for ideal summit conditions finally opened. Nature had another obstacle to throw at him, however.

After leaving camp at 8:30 a.m., Khoo found he was temporarily blinded due to constant exposure to the cold, dry wind. He stumbled for seven hours on the North Face as his vision slowly cleared.

With courage, resolve and help from his teammates, Khoo pushed on and reached the top of the world for a third time. And the images and videos stored on his Seagate drives ensure that Khoo’s adventure can be shared with audiences around the globe.

An in-demand motivational speaker, Khoo plans to “ignite the spirit of adventure and accomplishment in people of all ages.”

“Scaling the mountain is one thing,” he said, “but being able to retell the story and bring the adventure to life is another. Thanks to Seagate’s drives, I have a visual record of my expedition and can share it easily.”

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  • Luciano Vitiello Says:

    I have a Seagate 500GB FreeAgent Pro USB/eSATA external drive.
    S/N :6QG026D3
    P/N: 9NG6C8-570.
    I use this external drive to store all my files .I have used it for about 3 years, but recently I started loosing images files, (JPG format) mostly photographs. This is causing a lot of problem to me because I use the photos for my work and I need them for constant references for professional presentations. The lost of file seems randomly, but most of them are older files that dates 2008 /2009 although some more recent files have also disappeared.
    The files are listed on the hard drive but when I try to open them I receive a message that the folder is empty.
    Can you please advise me on how to recover my photo files?

    Thanking you for your attention.

    Luciano vitiello

  • @Luciano Vitiello Sorry to hear that Luciano. Best to contact Seagate Support for ideas. If you are on Twitter tweet your issue to @AskSeagate or on Facebook, post to Otherwise, you can more methods to reach us here: Good luck, and let me know what you find out. Thanks – Woj

  • Hi
    PLZ heelpppp meeee!

    I have a hard with FW: 0001BSM1 that unfortunately it’s head has been broken. I want to chang it’s head with a similar hard’s head that have a little difference in F/W:0001SDM1. (i have a friend who is really expert in this job!)
    I searched a lot to know the second FW is compatible with the first FW or not?
    Pleas tell me: is the head of a hard with FW(0001SDM1) compatible with FW: 0001BSM1??
    Is that possible to change the head of a laptop hard with a similar head that has a different FW??

    tanx a lot and sorry for my bad english writing!

  • Brian Mitten Says:

    Great article! Is it possible to transfer files directly from a Canon 5D MkII to the Seagate GoFlex or is a PC required?

  • @Brian Mitten Thanks Brian…you do need a PC to transfer files from the 5D to the GoFlex drive…great question. Maybe someday, we will come up with something that eliminates the “middle-man”. Thanks – Woj

  • @Mary Hi Mary – please contact our tech support or our online forum for an answer to this question. Sorry I can not be of immediate help. Thanks – Mark

  • I have a 500GB Free Agent Pro USB/eSATA S/N 9NG6A6-570. I had it connected to a desktop computer with a USB cable. This computer hard drive failed. How can I connect the backup to a new laptop?


  • @Wayne Hi Wayne – do you have a USB cable and a USB port on the new laptop? If your FreeAgent has a USB connection, use that to connect to the laptop. Most, if not all, laptops have a USB connection. If all you have is an eSATA connection, you would need some sort of eSATA adapter for the new laptop. Let me know, otherwise contact our support team for additional information. Thanks – Mark

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