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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive STAC2000100 (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Seagate

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  • Hard Drive Type:External
  • Hard Drive Capacity:2 TB
  • Width:158 Mm
  • Depth:124 Mm
  • Height:44 Mm
  • Hard Drive Interface Type:USB 2.0
  • Storage Controller Type:USB 2.0
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 12.4 x 4.4 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: STAC2000100
  • ASIN: B003ELOSJG
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 26 2010
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,212 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External drive, 2TB Storage, USB 2.0, Black, Pan-AmericanRetail Packaging

From the Manufacturer

The GoFlex™ Desk external drive delivers high-capacity storage, backup and encryption for all your files with its plug-and-play USB 2.0 connectivity. You now have versatile connection options to suit your needs. Simply pair the drive with a USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800/USB 2.0 GoFlex Desk desktop adapter and instantly increase your performance by up to 10x. The GoFlex Desk drive works interchangeably between a PC and Mac® computer and can be set in either a vertical or horizontal orientation, complementing any desktop environment.
 
Seagate® GoFlex™ Desk
PROTECT. STORE. DO MORE.

Highlights
  • Easy - Plug-and-play external hard drive with automatic backup software
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC AND MAC
  • Flexible - Optional connectors deliver increased performance beyond USB 2.0
cnet award GoFlex Desk Image

GoFlex Easy
Easy - Plug-and-play external hard drive with automatic backup software
  • Ensures automatic continuous backup of your data
  • Secures your backed up files and protects your privacy with powerful encryption software
  • Includes the Seagate® Dashboard management tool for easy management of backup schedules, file encryption, and at-a-glance drive statistics, including available capacity
  • Offers vertical or horizontal orientation to fit in any desktop environment


Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Whether you have a PC or a Mac® computer-or if you go back and forth between the two-you can access and save files on the same portable hard drive anytime without reformatting*.

*Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine® software
GoFlex Compatibility


Flexible - Optional connectors deliver increased performance beyond USB 2.0
USB 2.0 (Included) vertical line Firewire™ vertical line eSATA vertical line USB 3.0
USB 2.0 Firewire eSATA USB 3.0
  • Offers upgrade cables and kits that make it easy to move up from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire® 800 for up to 10x faster transfer speeds for your large files and HD movies
  • Extends your digital life so you can access and share your files from anywhere by pairing your drive with the GoFlex Net media sharing device
  • View your movies and photos on your TV by pairing your drive with the GoFlex TV HD media player


What can you store? Digital Music Digital Photos Digital Video DVD Quality Movies HD Video
Capacity Digital Music
(Hours)
Digital Photos
(Files)
Digital Videos
(Hours)
DVD Quality
(Movies)
HD Video
(Hours)
1.0 TB 16,600 320,000 1,000 250 250
2.0 TB 33,320 640,000 2,000 500 500
3.0 TB 49,980 960,000 3,000 750 750
   
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
 
Based on standard 2 hour movie
Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate


 
The GoFlex™ Storage System

GoFlex Storage System Introducing the world's most versatile external hard drives.
 


Seagate® GoFlex™ Family Hard Drives

GoFlex Desk Hard Drive
GoFlex Home Hard Drive
GoFlex Hard Drive
GoFlex Pro Hard Drive
GoFlex™ Ultra-Portable Drive
  • Easy - Plug-and-play external hard drive with automatic backup software
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Flexible - Optional connectors deliver increased performance beyond USB 2.0 and connect to TV and internet
  • Capacities: 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1TB
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GoFlex™ Pro™
  • Easy - Plug-and-play 7200 rpm external hard drive with premium backup software
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Flexible - Optional connectors deliver increased performance beyond USB 2.0 and connect to TV and internet
  • Capacities: 500GB, 750GB
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GoFlex™ Desk External Drive
  • Easy - Plug-and-play external hard drive with automatic backup software
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Flexible - Optional connectors deliver increased performance beyond USB 2.0 and connect to TV and internet
  • Capacities: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
GoFlex™ Home
  • Easy - Access files wirelessly when connected to a router
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Flexible - Automatic and continuous backup of up to three computers on your network
  • Capacities: 1TB, 2TB
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Wireless router sold separately


Backup
Easy Backup Software (pre-installed)
Easy backup software automatically protects files and folders on your computer


Media Connection Options

HD Media Device GoFlex™ TV
HD Media Playing Device
  • Easy - Play your movies, photos and music on your TV
  • Compatible - Supports 1080p/HDMI connection
  • Flexible - Internet connectivity/optional Wi-Fi adapter
vertical line Net Media Device GoFlex
Net Media Sharing
  • Easy - Share your content with friends and family
  • Compatible - Share files with both PC and Mac
  • Flexible - Access content from your iPhone, iPad or other portable devices
Wireless router sold separately




 
 
GoFlex™ Desk Specifications

System Requirements
  • Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP (32-bit & 64-bit) operating system or
  • Operating system Max OS X 10.4.6 Tiger or higher, 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 32-bit kernel). Reformatting for Mac may be required.
  • USB 2.0 Port

Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system
Product Dimensions 6.22in L x 4.88in W x 1.73in D (158mm x 124mm x 44mm) Weight: 2.38lb (1.08kg)
Inside the Box
  • GoFlex™ Desk external drive
  • Backup with encryption software pre-loaded on drive
  • NTFS driver for Mac® pre-loaded on drive
  • GoFlex™ Desk USB 2.0 adapter base with capacity gauge
  • 5-foot (150cm) USB 2.0 cable
  • Power Supply
  • Quick start guide
  • 2-year limited warranty

 
Region Product Capacity Model Number
PANAM
PANAM
PANAM
GoFlex Desk Kit
GoFlex Desk Kit
GoFlex Desk Kit
1TB
2TB
3TB
STAC1000100
STAC2000100
STAC3000100

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1,029 of 1,141 people found the following review helpful
2TB model - An attractive HDD with the option to upgrade $$$ June 4 2010
By Lincoln - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This review is for the 2TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex model. The 2TB version is not small and portable like the 500GB model. The 2TB version uses a standard desktop size 3.5" HDD, while the 500GB model uses a laptop size 2.5" HDD. The 3.5" HDD will transfer files faster than the 2.5" HDD, but will produce more heat.

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My history with Seagate has not been so good. To me and many others, Seagate has a reputation for drives that fail quickly and unexpectedly. Everyone can repair a bad history, but I can't seem to forget Seagate's reputation. But like any bad relationship, things change and I must try to move on.

This Seagate GoFlex external hard drive looks good, really good. It's the kind of design that stands out from the crowd. But... where is the ventilation? All hard drives heat up, so why are their no air vents or fans? This worries me. All the eye-candy in the world won't make up for a burned up hard drive.

The performance statistics are like any other external HDD. 3.5" disk, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, 32MB cache. Nothing to get excited about. Matching stats makes me long for a hard drive brand that I can depend on... like Western Digital (I've owned 7 in the last 3 years and never had one fail even once.)

However, this Seagate does offer something new: the ability to upgrade to USB 3.0!!! Sounds amazing, but.... you have to shell out $40 for the USB 3.0 HDD adapter (and another $30 for the USB 3.0 card for your computer). So "The World's Most Upgradeable Desktop Hard Drive" comes with some fine print... USB 3.0 not included.

The lack of built-in USB 3.0 isn't terrible, however. The advantage of this external HDD is that you can keep your HDD and upgrade the base adapter when you decide to buy a new laptop in the future. That's a plus. However, we also have to consider that when USB 3.0 does become a standard component of laptops, hard drive size will also have doubled or tripled. And the 7,2000 speed barrier may be broken. (Faster HDDs are available, but are costly and small in storage space.) Then will you even want to use your out-dated hard drive?

Some people will never fill a 2 TB hard drive and for them this Seagate GoFlex design is great. You don't need to worry about transferring files to a new HDD for many years. And if you aren't using all 2TB, then you most likely won't overheat this HDD. However for those of us who fill up HDDs rather quickly, we may want to consider another external hard drive option - one with better ventilation and a better company reputation.

In addition, this Seagate hard drive has a 32 MB cache. This is the standard cache size for hard drives at this time, however 64 MB cache disks are available for under $200. A larger cache size makes a noticeable improvement if you are using the drive to run programs or stream files. For simple file back-up, a larger cache size won't make much of a difference.

Personally, I prefer using a multi-bay external hard drive set up. Something with hot swapable bays, networking, ESATA or RAID is ideal. In addition to my 4-Bay RAID Network enclosure, I use an external desktop HDD (like this one) to act as a second hard drive for my laptop. So I have 4 HDDs in RAID backing up everything in my laptop HDD and my desktop external HDD. (I am using 4 WD drives and 1 Samsung drive.) This gives me the fastest load time, most storage space, and file protection for a laptop setup. It may sound like an overkill, however I know the pain that comes with a dead hard drive and loss of irreplaceable files. (Did I mention that I also backup on Blu-Ray discs?)

For $200 a 2TB external hard drive is not a screaming deal. But this HDD does offer something that no one else does - the ability to upgrade to USB 3.0. Is it worth the extra $40+ down the road? (Plus the extra $50-70 compared to the current price of other 2TB external HDDs on the market.) Only you can make that call.

I've passed this Seagate GoFlex HDD onto my girlfriend. Seagate's included automatic back-up software is easy to use and this will free up some more space on my RAID setup for my own files. My girlfriend appreciates the ease of use, attractive design (if it only came in pink), and hassle-free back-up protection.

5 stars for looks
2 stars for ventilation
3 stars for hard drive performance
4 stars for upgradability
2 stars for cost
1 star for Seagate's past reputation

FINAL SCORE = 3 stars

** Computer components can be a boring subject, so if you've found my review helpful and enjoyable, please click "YES" below.
260 of 288 people found the following review helpful
Tons of space, but only for one computer!?! June 19 2010
By Crumby - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Pros:
1. easy to install
2. easy to use
3. Specific Folders can be selected for backup
4. It turns off and on when computer is turned off and on.

Cons:
1. Software license only allows use with 1 computer
2. Many ads to purchase more software in the bundled software
3. There is a memory leak in the software (version 4.60.0.7252)

I plugged this thing in and it automatically started the software install which was very easy to follow. Once it was done it defaulted to backup my entire computer which was perfect because 2 TB of space if plenty of space to do this for me. The software did have an option to select only specific folders which was nice to know in case I upgrade my pc and have to limit the amount of files for backup.
The software has built in advertisements asking you to try and purchase more of their software. They are easily avoidable, but I'd rather not see them. My favorite part about the backup software bundled with this external hard drive is that it is constantly working to create a mirror image of all the data on the pc. It updates files on the external as soon as they are updated on the pc.
The biggest issue I ran into was that the software only allows you to install it on one pc. I had planned on using this drive with both my pcs and backing it up over my home network. I am going to continue using the drive, but I will go back to using cobian backup which is free; though the interface is a bit less easy.[...]

I do want to say that if you are planning on only using this with one pc or you are willing to purchase extra licenses to utilize the very easy to use interface then this is a very good product.

** My original review didn't contain the below information ***
This problem didn't occur right away. The memory leak in the memeo software bundled with the drive causes windows to popup a message that there is a problem with .NET software. Windows will handle it when you click ok, but all that happens is the Memeo software is closed. I checked the system memory before I closed the program and saw it was using over 1.5 Gigabytes of RAM. I am currently running the most up to date version of Memeo instant backup (version 4.60.0.7252).
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Keeps ejecting itself Jan. 3 2011
By kliphdawg - Published on Amazon.com
Already have an array of mixed brand drives including Seagate and have never had the problem that this particular one seems to have. Purchased one before Christmas and within the first week it begin to Eject itself from the system. At first just unplugged the USB cable and it would reappear then later on the problem worsened as it would not show up as before and I would have to reboot to find it. Then finally it just would not come back at all and so I used the Disc Utility on my Mac to verify and repair disc. There were so many errors the drive could NOT be repaired!! Lost over a TB of video THANK YOU SEAGATE! Figuring it was just a fluke problem, I returned the drive to Best Buy for another identical drive while still on sale. Again worked fine for a couple of days and now this one is beginning to Eject itself for no reason as well. Here we go again.
If this one goes then Ill definitely dump Seagate from future purchases.
132 of 144 people found the following review helpful
Seagate can no longer be trusted. Dec 7 2010
By John Calendo - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I didn't want to believe the reviews. I have two Seagates from a few years ago and they work beautifully. I didn't want to believe the many comments here because, well, you never know how carefully people follow directions. So I ordered the 2 Tb Goflex Desk, with the 800 firewire adapter. After copying files to the drive for 2 hours, the computer stopped recognizing it in the middle of a transfer. I suspect the drive overheats. And yes, I had adjusted the settings so the drive would never go into automatic sleep. Thank you, Amazon for making the return/refund process so painless. Back to Western Digital, I guess.
78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Shouldn't be this hard to get a hard drive to work right... Dec 28 2010
By TPop - Published on Amazon.com
I really get upset when I buy a simple product - that is supposed to perform a simple function - and then I have to spend excessive time configuring to get it to work properly. The GoFlex hard drive is an example of this kind of stupidity.

If you just start using the drive you'll find it sleeps after 15 minutes. It simply vanishes from the system. You have to install the software to update the firmware to tell it not to do that (set sleep to never).

So now I've spent time troubleshooting why it vanishes... installed software on my computer (WHY? I don't want software on my computer to run a hard drive) and got that solved. But oh... what's this... since the sleep is set to never, the stupid drive won't shutoff because IT HAS NO POWER SWITCH!

Great - so now I've got a drive that sits under my desk that I either have to reach underneath and pull the power cable from each time I'm done using it... or I have to buy a little tiny power strip to control the power to this hard drive that has no power button... great... more clutter. Thanks.

Also - (and this might be particular to my setup) - I had to turn off some USB setting in my BIOS in order to keep the drive from freezing the system on startup. More diagnostic time wasting.

Too much time lost... it's just a hard drive - it SHOULDN'T BE SO DIFFICULT!

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