- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 12.5 cm ; 150 g
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Item model number: STAA500108
- ASIN: B0045JLPMY
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 14 2011
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,997 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500108 (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- USB 3.0 plug-and-play drive
- Easy-to-use preloaded backup and encryption software
- Upgradable to FireWire 800 or eSATA
- Access content over the network and on TV when paired with other GoFlex products
- Upgradable to FireWire 800 or eSATA
Amazon.ca Product Description
The GoFlex ultra-portable drive makes it easy to store, back up and encrypt all your files with its plug-and-play USB 3.0 connectivity, but this is no ordinary external drive. As the core of the GoFlex Storage System, the GoFlex ultra-portable drive is the world's most upgradable external drive allowing it to deliver a truly customizable experience. Use the included USB 3.0 Adapter or upgrade to FireWire 800 or eSATA by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable. Extend your content beyond your PC and enjoy it on your TV, over your network or on-the-go by using it in combination with other GoFlex products.
From the Manufacturer
The GoFlex ultra-portable drive makes it easy to store, back up and encrypt all your files with its plug-and-play USB 3.0 connectivity. This drive is great for taking with you on business trips, vacations and on the go allowing you to save or access your videos, photos, music or files. The GoFlex ultra-portable USB 3.0 drive interface returns blazing fast USB file transfer speeds and the GoFlex system allows you to upgrade to FireWire 800 or eSATA by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable. Extend your content beyond your PC and enjoy it on your TV, over your network, or on-the-go by using it in combination with our GoFlex family of products.
Plug-and-Play with Automatic Backup Software
The Seagate GoFlex's built-in backup software ensures automatic continuous backup of your data. It secures your backed up files and protects your privacy with powerful encryption software. The Seagate Dashboard management tool software provides easy management of backup schedules, file encryption, and at-a-glance drive statistics, including available capacity.
Access Files with the Interface of Your Choice
Use the advanced USB 3.0 interface for maximum compatibility with standard desktops and laptops. USB 3.0 works with PCs equipped with a USB 3.0 port for maximum file transfer speeds, but also works with standard USB 2.0 ports. Or upgrade to FireWire 800 or powered eSATA by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable.
Free your Files
With the included NTFS driver for Mac, you can now interchangeably store and access files from PC and Mac computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on your Mac computer, allowing it to access and store files in a PC compatible format. (Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine software.)
Extend Your Content Beyond the PC
The GoFlex ultra-portable drive is the heart of the GoFlex Storage System, and by combining it with other GoFlex Storage System products you can enjoy your content on your TV, access files from any PC or Mac computer on your network, from a mobile device, or via the internet while on-the-go.
Enhanced Versatility Is a Snap
Plug-and-play connectivity options let you protect, store, and do more. The GoFlex Storage System allows you to upgrade the way you access your digital content without having to replace your drive. Upgrade cables and kits make it easy to move from USB 3.0 to eSATA or FireWire 800 for even faster transfer speeds for your large files and HD movies. Extend your digital life so you can access and share your files from anywhere.
What's in the Box
The Seagate GoFlex ultra-portable drive, backup with encryption software pre-loaded on drive, NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive, GoFlex USB 3.0 interface adapter, 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, quick start guide, 2-year limited warranty.
Get the Most from Your Drive with GoFlex Upgrade Cables
Seagate GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive Specifications
|Interface||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Available Colors||Black | Silver | Blue | Red||Black||Black | Blue||Black|
|How Much Will it Store?|
|Digital Music (Hours)||8,330||12,495||16,660||24,990|
| Digital Photos (Files) |
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
|Digital Videos (Hours)||500||750||1,000||1,000|
| DVD Quality (Movies) |
Based on standard 2 hour movie
| HD Video (Hours) |
Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate
|1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.|
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Top Customer Reviews
It was smaller than I expected but I'm very happy with how sleek it is and how easy it is to plug in and use immediately.Although I was hoping it was bootable, I still have yet to figure out how that could happen. Overall though, I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat. Maybe they will make this in different colors in the future... my vote is for purple and yellow. I'm sure to buy either of those colors if they were available.
Such a girlie review! LOL. I'll write more as i learn more about the geek features. =)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
1. Why bother with the software in the first place?? just reformat the drive, or delete the software. Sure it is a bit annoying having 40 gigabytes taking up space right out the box, but is that really the only main source of concerns for this drive?
2. Now for the USB cord. out of the multitude of variations of 1tb usb 3.0 drives I have run and tested, every manufactuer has just about the same length of cord. If you want a longer cord, and or are wondering how you are going to power this drive other than with the supplied USB, then why are you buying this particular external HDD? this model is not for you if you are NOT an on the go type of person. what I mean by that is, if you do not lug your external drive around, why dont you go buy a powered 3.5" external HDD model for the same price as you would this one and have twice the space?
3. As far as the construction of the drive goes it is solid. I have tested the Toshiba 1TB 3.0 as well as the Western Digital 1TB 3.0, and my opinion is that Toshiba and Western Digital were too concerned about how slim and compact they could make the case of their external HDD, which has resulted in may more failures of those particular brands than I have seen from Seagate. Small shocks, such as light drops and accedental shock is a killer for the Western Digital as well as the Toshiba more than the Seagate models I have seen. Yes I know that there are about 3 or more warning labels stating the these drives should never be hit, moved, droped, abused, etc... but If it WERE to happen I have noticed that the Seagate construction has had a better chance from failing due to these certain cercumstances than the other brands I have tested and seen.
4. If there is any con's about this drive I will say that I am not a fan of the two piece adapter. they should have included their USB 3.0 "Upgrade" cable with this drive and not the two piece unit that is currently supplied with it, as the upgrade cable is also a few inches longer and one solid piece. The two pieces I am referring to are the adapter that plugs into the drive itself and the USB 3.0 cable that goes from that adapter to your USB device.
5. Im not here to bag on any one company, and or promote Seagate as the best of the best when it somes to drives in general. I am just stating overall that if you are looking for a 1TB 3.0 USB 2.5" drive, then this is what you are looking for. I just thought I would post this up as I keep seeing negative reviews on this drive just because of a bloatware issue not a material type defect. hope this helps! If not im sorry for wasting you time.
- My laptop (WinXP) treats it like another hard drive, so I can drag-and-drop stuff directly onto my player, and can extract winzip files on the drive to another directory on the drive, and move stuff around in general.
- It runs off the USB power, so no need for a power cord
- The upload transfer speed (USB2) from my internal hard drive is just over a gig a minute for MP3s - I moved 18gb of music, in files of between 2 and 5 megs each, in just over 17 minutes, and 5 gig of audiobooks, in zip files of up to 300meg, in 4.5 minutes. This may change as the disk gets more fragmented.
- This will be upwardly compatible for my next laptop, which will probably have USB3.
This isn't so much an external drive as an internal drive in a case. The "GoFlex" connector (which is not shown in the pictures) is a bus-to-USB adapter, and other adapters are available (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable USB 3.0 - STAE104). This is great for sharing files, and perhaps for eventually putting multiple drives in a jukebox or desk brick, but it means there's a third bit of electronics between the USB cable and the drive, with all the potential for loss and breakage that implies. The connection was already a tiny bit wobbly right out of the box, though I note that the snaps are metal, not plastic, which does mitigate. (The drive says "Made in Thailand and assembled in China" Sheesh).
I decided not to install the backup software, so can't comment on that.
Seagate wants you to use this drive for movies (and one of the GoFlex adapters will output directly to a compatible TV). And to this end, my drive came preloaded with about 45 gig of movies from Paramount. They're not free, however, just preloaded, with a promise of a free Star Trek: Reboot if you register the drive.
I did redeem the Star Trek movie (a short series of hoops, including agreeing to share my data with "third-party vendors", two different EULAs - from Seagate and Paramount, a DRM agreement from Microsoft, and registration on the Paramount site in case I want to buy more). I note that the movies seem to be $10 or $15 each, that they don't include any bonus materials (unlike my Star Trek DVD), and that "buying" a movie gets you three "licenses" - trying to play ST:R from the same Seagate drive on another laptop spawned a pop-up asking if I wanted to download another license, so I guess the licenses are associated with the individual computer, not the drive. (In a further loss of geek creds, the registration software automatically popped up IE as the browser.)
Fortunately, the movies can be deleted.
Note: I have a few older Seagate external hard drives (different models) that I've used for 1-2 years without incident. I've travelled extensively with them and had nothing but good things to say. That's why I went with Seagate on this one. I might even have been able to forgive the company its obvious construction and quality departure on this line but for the nightmarish customer service experience I had with Seagate after the drive crashed. Suffice it to say, I've sworn off Seagate products indefinitely.
And, 1.5 TB in a small, portable, self-powered configuration is a really cool thing.
Unfortunately, the drive spontaneously disconnects and then reconnects on its own. Most of the time, this is not that big of a deal, but for some applications (like, say, Windows 7 backup :), the disconnect causes the application to stop whatever it's doing.
I use this drive for daily file backups, keeping a portable system image for recovery and I keep some large movies on it, as well. The Seagate support forums are absolutely 'lit up' with this issue and Seagate's universal response is to reformat and try again (i.e. "...you're using it wrong...").
My belief is this: the Seagate firmware that will engage a sleep mode on its own; then, when an I/O request comes in, the time required to spin-up causes an I/O timeout in Windows because, well, Windows doesn't know the drive is sleeping. Some applications will just try again, but many won't. You can read all about the same issues on the Mac support forums for the Mac version of the same product (i.e. the Firewire attachment cable for this drive).
I installed the Seagate dashboard application, as an attempt to disable the sleep feature, but I can't see any way to do that. Sorry, but the morons at Seagate need to leave functions like these to the operating system, which would be aware of the condition and allow more time for I/O to complete, instead of just giving up and returning an error to the application.
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB USB powered hard drive did perform pretty well in my tests and while the USB 3.0 speeds is nowhere near what a true external HDD like Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive with PCIe Adapter Card WDBABP0010HCH-NESN it was able to deliver these decent speeds expected off a USB powered portable hard disk drive.
USB 3.0 speeds: Average of 62.4MB/s
Burst rate of 93.5MB/s
CPU usage: 8.5%
Access times: 18.0 milliseconds
USB 2.0 speeds: Average of 30.0MB/s
Burst rate of 30.8MB/s
CPU usage: 16.3%
Access times: 18.4 milliseconds
The cosmetics and appearance is pretty much similar to Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA5000ABK-NESN (Midnight Black) but very slightly bigger and heavier compared to WD passport drive of the same capacity. The USB cable is slightly short and stiff but is completely useable.
Other than that it is just another USB drive which has become pretty much a commodity now-a-days 500GB while can be a lot for some but with the age of digital photography bigger and bigger drives are needed for larger capacity it is best to go for 2TB or more while they are not as portable as this drive they offer better value for money in the long run.
It is a decent purchase if you wish to have a portable shinny USB powered drive and if you are already having GoFlex compatible products this ultra portable drive will serve dual purpose.
If you feel that 500GB is too less, you can try this Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black) for few dollars more which has more storage capacity.
Please see the pictures that I have posted on Amazon product page for a quick reference and feel free to comment.
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