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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable USB 3.0 - STAE104

by Seagate
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Product Features

  • Part of the GoFlex Storage System: works with all GoFlex and GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drives
  • 10x faster than USB 2.0
  • LED lights show drive activity


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As part of the GoFlex Storage System, the GoFlex upgrade cable – USB 3.0 enables you to upgrade the interface on your GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive to USB 3.0 connectivity. The GoFlex USB 3.0 cable simply clicks in place, making it easy to switch between other GoFlex cables and devices. The GoFlex USB 3.0 cable features LED lights to show drive activity and offers 10x faster performance compared to USB 2.0. The GoFlex USB 3.0 cable is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

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USB - Proprietary


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1.0 out of 5 stars No USB 3 Sept. 18 2013
By Larry
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Clearly I received a USB 2 unit. The unit doesn't resemble the units depicted and was only packaged in a static free bag. To claim this as the product USB 3-STAE104 is a rip off.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  81 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improved TXFR speeds are great... Feb. 22 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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...IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING with USB 3.0 and how to set up your computer ENTIRELY to take advantage of this feature. If you don't save your $20.00, because you won't see a difference.

I measured a improvement on a 10GB file transfer (with the factory Seagate USB 2.0 cord) at 24 minutes WRITE time (to the drive), dropping to just over 4 minutes with the new adapter. READ speeds (from the drive) took that 10GB file just hardly different than USB 3.0: 3 minutes vs. 4 minutes.

The nice thing about this setup is that in the future, this cable supports many other types of 2.5" drives that could read or write faster than what we have now. If future compatibility is your kick, then it is worth the $20.00.

Yes, eSATA is still faster than USB 3.0 on paper, but not for long. The internal components of computers are going to catch up fast to expand and meet USB 3.0's ability. My new 2011 Alienware has all-in-one-combined 3.0 / eSATA ports - I have not seen this on past laptops - so we may be on the cusp of the computer age taking another leap in data transfer speeds.

It really does matter if you know where your computer data stream bottlenecks at and how to use USB 3.0 properly; a lot of computers can actually NEVER move your data as fast as USB 3.0 (the computer is SLOWER THAN THE CABLE / KIT / ADAPTER), so why would you "buy a Ferrari to drive in rush-hour traffic"? (just for example)

5/5 Stars. For me, with the amount of data I move on a daily basis and with the high-end computers I use, USB 3.0 and the future opportunity is welcomed!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with all 2.5" SATA drives =) Sept. 19 2011
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this connector as a gamble - I wanted an easy way to access all the different 2.5" drives I have accumulated over recent years. I looked at the pictures closely and the connection appeared to be just a standard SATA connection, so I ordered it and waited.
I am pleased to say it works a charm - I just plug it directly into a naked 2.5" SATA hard drive and connect the usb plug to my computer and it is instantly recogised - result!
So yes, you can use this connector with any drive of this type - it doesn't need to be a Seagate one.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing ever. June 16 2011
By James J. Northam - Published on Amazon.com
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I work on a lot of computers, often you have to pull a hard drive from a laptop, this thing attaches to any laptop hard drive and makes it USB 3.0
DOn't be fooled, this is not just for Seagate drives, this one is attached to a WD Scorpion Blue 500GB right now.
Way to go Seagate.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Your World to Change Jan. 26 2012
By Pen - Published on Amazon.com
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The cable does increase transfer rates but by nowhere near the 10x advertised rate. I backed up my PC using the backup software that came pre-installed on the PC. The software makes an image of the PC's drive that, in this case, is about 70 GB compressed. I made two backups to the same Goflex drive on separate days using first the USB 2.0 cable and then the USB 3.0 upgrade. The resulting transfer rate increased from approximately 12MB/s using USB 2.0, to 31MB/s using USB 3.0. That is an improvement of about 2.5x. I've read that this has more to do with the limitations of the rest of the systems than it does with USB 3.0. Examples would include the transfer rates of the disk drives themselves, the software, and even the CPU. Overall, I'm happy; for not much more than twenty bucks I less than halved the time it takes to backup my PC. It's difficult to complain about that.

My only complaint with the cable is the fact that you cannot remove the cable from the adapter. This makes it impossible to fit the portable drive into its carrying case without removing the entire adapter. Then you have to store the adapter separately. If Seagate did that only to save money, boo to them; I would have gladly paid more for a removable cable. So for that, it gets 4 stars. Still, I'd call it a must-have upgrade for any Goflex USB 2.0 drive. I'll be buying one for my other drive.

Kudos to Seagate for the upgradable drive concept. That's a five star concept.

To put the whole thing into perspective: the original IBM PC XT came with a 10 MB drive. That was a mind boggling amount of space. It held all of your software and data. With today's 31 MB/s transfer rate, you could have transferred the entire contents of 3 of those drives in less than 1 second. That is awesome.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does it's job but is way overpriced. May 14 2013
By Daniel Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are like me, then the only reason you are ordering this thing is because the USB cable/part on your external hard drive is broken. Most cables that utilize a usb connection in some way ca be found on the internet for a max of about $4. Unfortunately Seagate has a proprietary kind they use for their external drives and can charge you $30 for it. It does what it is inteded to do but it still hurts paying more than $5 for a product like this.
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