- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4.4 x 16.6 cm ; 41 g
- Shipping Weight: 45 g
- Item model number: STAE104
- ASIN: B003IT6PHM
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 14 2010
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,276 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable USB 3.0 - STAE104
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- 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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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!
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.
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.
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.