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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter - Firewire 800/USB 2.0 STAE105

by Seagate

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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


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model: STAE105
  • Weight: 1.20 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches ; 8.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003KGBBRM
  • Item model number: STAE105
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 3, 2010

Product Description

The GoFlex Desk desktop adapter - FireWire 800/USB 2.0 enables you to upgrade the interface on your GoFlex Desk external drive to FireWire 800 connectivity. The GoFlex FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter features an easy-to-read LED gauge, allowing you to view available storage capacity at a glance, LED lights to show drive activity and offers 2x faster performance compared to USB 2.0. With both vertical and horizontal drive orientation options, the GoFlex FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter can complement any desktop environment.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Save your money--these adapters don't last.
RW
I ordered the Seagate firewire 800 adapter because I back up large amounts of video files, as well as backups of the computer itself.
Rick
Sturdy and does not tip over unless pushed.
Juniper13

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rick on September 28, 2010
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I ordered the Seagate firewire 800 adapter because I back up large amounts of video files, as well as backups of the computer itself.

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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. schmid on July 11, 2011
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UPDATE: THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN FOR A under $20 PRICE! I WOULD NOT HAVE PAID ANYWHERE NEAR the $70 PRICE LISTED NOW

original review:
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.

enjoy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Leong on December 26, 2010
I was expecting just the GoFlex adapter in the box but when I picked this up at Best Buy, the box was quite heavy. The reason for that is the sheer amount of accessories that it comes with. The package includes the GoFlex adapter, a FireWire 800 cable (9 pin to 9 pin), a Mini USB cable, power adapter and interchangeable tips for every region of the world. for $19.99, this is really a steal!

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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I picked up the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive in order to store and edit HD video, and also to backup my large dvd library. The drive comes standard with a USB 3.0 adapter base, but like the other drives in the Seagate GoFlex "family" you can swap out the bases to accommodate different needs. USB 3.0 is extremely fast, but unfortunately it's not supported by my Mac Book Pro - it is downwards compatible, which means I can still plug it in to my USB 2.0 input if I want but it will only transfer at speeds that USB 2.0 can handle.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clyde R. Henderson on January 5, 2012
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I purchased the FW800 GoFlex interface from Amazon in Feb 2011 for use with the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive STAC2000100 (Black) which I purchased from Amazon at the same time.

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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