- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: STAE105
- Item Display Weight: 1.20 pounds
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter - Firewire 800/USB 2.0 STAE105
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- Compatible with GoFlex Desk external drives
- FireWire 800 offers a 2x performance increase
- Easy-to-view LED capacity gauge
- Offers both vertical and horizontal drive orientation
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Using the excellent Carbon Copy Cloner to do a bootable backup of nearly 300 GB of data, the firewire adapter was at least 50% faster than the USB base that came with the original FreeAgent GoFlex system I bought. Speed should be faster on tasks that simply dump data rather than using a program that selectively chooses files to move.
I expected the speed increase but I was very surprised at the contents of the box the firewire adapter came in.
In addition to the new base, Seagate included a new universal power supply plus several adapter plugs for use outside the US. In addition to this, they included a firewire 800 cable as well as a USB cable.
I was surprised at the addition of the USB cable, but the base I received had a USB input in addition to the firewire. It also had a second firewire 800 port, so you could use the unit in a firewire chain. Nice touch!
I really can't recommend this product too highly. Not only does it do what it is advertised to, it does more, and the consideration Seagate took in proving the extras.
Highly recommended for the Mac user or anyone that used firewire peripherals. I consider it a very good buy, especially at the Amazon price.
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the price is great compared to other FW800 SATA docks, so I bought it. I hadn't read carefully so I didn't realize until after I had it that it's meant for these proprietary Seagate drives with a housing that mates to this. But after examining it, I quickly realized all you need to do is put something that about 1/8 inch thick attached to the base to even off the bottom, and it's ready to go for any naked SATA drive. (I actually just cut off the end of a chop-stick I had). It has 2 FW800 ports so you can daisy chain it if you need. The size is so small it makes it easy to be portable. BUT this is the drawback: it's very delicate when there's a drive mounted on it - make sure it's in a place where no one will knock into it. But for the price, this is easily the best solution to get SAT drives mounted via FW800. I uploaded a video so you can see my ghetto mod.
The USB 3.0 adapter was freezing up Finder on my Mac but this adapter seems to have solved it. I have to give it a few days to confirm it but it seems a lot more stable already. I have no idea why the USB 3.0 adapter did that to Finder.
Another pleasant surprise was that there are 2 FireWire 800 ports on the drive so you can daisy-chain a bunch of FireWire drives together. It also has a USB 2.0 port (mini USB) if you want to use that instead. Highly recommended!
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Fortunately, Seagate sells this Firewire 800 base, which not only allows you to plug it in at a higher speed but also has a USB 2.0 input and an additional Firewire input/output on the side. What that means is that I can have this plugged in to my one Firewire 800 port, for use with video, and I can also "stack" (or "Daisy chain") an additional Firewire 800 external drive that I use as my Time Machine backup. See the attached video for a quick look at what I mean. That adds a whole heap of convenience to this drive, since I almost always have those two drives plugged in - and being able to plug them in stacked means I leave my USB ports free for other accessories as needed.
What matters most, though, is speed, which is why you'd get one of these in the first place. It does the trick. I did a quick system test, and found that with the standard base and the USB 3.0 output plugged into one of my USB inputs, this drive can read 34.4 MB/s and write 27.5 MB/s. With the Firewire 800 base plugged in, by contrast, I can double that, with reading speeds of 79.8 MB/s and writing speeds of 51.5 MB/s.
The disk system has been lightly used--approximately once or twice a month to backup home video footage--and it has now failed to operate properly. It will mount OK on my 27" iMac, but after about 5-10 minutes it gets quite hot and stops responding. A power cycle will sometimes allow it to start working but it will quickly fail. During the last month it has failed to operate for longer than 2 or three minutes.
Not wanting to deal with Seagate's warranty I have removed the 2TB drive from the flimsy and non-heat conducting plastic enclosure, thrown away the entire GoFlex interface and power supply and placed the 2TB drive into a OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad Interface eSATA, FireWire 400/800 & USB 2.0/1.1 Enclosure Kit where it happily resides and has worked flawlessly. This enclosure has proper heat conduction and due to it's reliability is much more cost effective than the GoFlex disk enclosure and interface.
To sum it up, I've given up on the Seagate GoFlex system. This is not the first to fail and certainly not the first to fail from overheating. If you are interested in some of the issues just do a Google search for "goflex problems".
One final thing, when I purchased the interface in Feb 2011 it was a $23.99 item. At that price it was worth checking out and admittedly, when it did work it worked well. I see it is now a $49.99 item on Amazon. Simply not worth it at that price and if you are interested in secure backups it isn't worth it at any price.
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Perfect adapter for Seagate drive to allow faster access when USB 3.0 isn't available.Published 8 months ago by acompassinlife
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The only star missing is because it was expensive.
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Just perfect out of the box. This is our second unit purchase. The first has been hooked up to a 2TB SeaGate purchased from Costco that hooked up to a MacMini. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Daysofglory
although it was written in listing that this will come with wall adapter and firewire and USB cable
nothing has come other then dock
No muss no fuss. Seagate's done this really nicely - There's a SATA drive and connector above, and the drives usually come with USB adapter bases. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Jud
Returned because I couldn't get it to work and it came with zero cables which I had to buy seperately.Published on November 24, 2013 by Jesse Decrescenzo