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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAC4000100
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- World's most versatile external drive - optional GoFlex Desk desktop FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter
- Use on a PC and Mac computer interchangeably without reformatting
- Easy-to-use pre-loaded backup software with encryption
- USB 3.0 plug-and-play
- Includes GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 adapter with capacity gauge display
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From the Manufacturer
The GoFlex Desk external drive delivers high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with encryption for all your files with its pre-loaded software. The included USB 3.0 plug-and-play adapter makes it easy to connect to your computer and displays the drive's available storage capacity. The streamlined design complements any modern workspace, and as the world's most versatile external desktop drive, you now have the ability to upgrade your connection interface to suit your needs. This drive is great for allowing you to save or access your videos, photos, music or files.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for Faster Performance
The GoFlex Desk drive includes a USB 3.0 interface that provides up to 10x faster data transfer rates compared to USB 2.0 interfaces. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 so you have the flexibility to access files from any PC.
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. (Upgrade cables sold separately.)
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 Desk drive, backup with encryption software pre-loaded on drive, GoFlex USB 3.0 interface adapter, 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, quick start guide, 2-year limited warranty.
Seagate GoFlex Desk v2.0 Specifications
|Interface||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|How Much Will it Store?|
|Digital Music (Hours)||16,660||33,320||49,980||66,640|
| Digital Photos (Files) |
Average file size using cameras highest
resolution JPEG mode
|Digital Videos (Hours)||1,000||2,000||3,000||4,000|
| DVD Quality (Movies) |
Based on standard 2 hour movie
| HD Video (Hours) |
Based on H.264 compression at a
|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
Right out of the box I plugged in to my Windows 7 laptop, had the drivers automatically installed, and was off and running in about 30 seconds. Simple enough. Actual available space on the drive (due to conversion) is about 3.63 TB, which was an expected reduction.. but is worth noting for those who aren't aware there will be less memory actually available than what is advertised.
An initial letdown was the noise. The drive emits a low frequency hum when powered, as well as airflow noise from the vent holes on the top of the enclosure. Overall, the sound is somewhat noticeable, but not loud. Nothing I'd really complain about.. I think I'm just spoiled by my virtually silent USB powered portable drives. Also, one thing you don't want to do is tilt this thing on its side or move it around haphazardly while transferring data - you'll get a kind of faint and unnerving buzz-saw sound if you tilt it at an angle or jostle it roughly. Best to leave it stationary or keep it straight up and down when moving the drive while it's running.. learned that the hard way.Read more ›
The build quality is nice. The enclosure is actually really slick. I do prefer the look of a thin, USB powered, 2.5" external, but in the world of 3.5" drives this is total design win.
It performs about as expected, if not better. I'm currently still using USB 2.0, but the initial burst on this thing is crazy high, and it (very) gradually slows down to my typical transfer rate. This is more true with a single large file than many small files. But its overall performance has me really excited about installing a USB 3.0 card in my system.
The Bad? Well, I bought this to be a media drive, and it "sleeps" after a relatively short period of inactivity. I want my media to be accessible all the time without waiting for the disc to fire up. Starting and stopping the drive as often as I need it to could be annoying. After changing some system settings and installing some software from the Seagate website, I disabled its auto-sleep. Now everything works as it should.
However, if you're using this disc as a back up drive, the disc sleeping is actually a very good thing. It will conserve energy and likely prolong the life of your drive. So for those people, this is a 5 star product.
If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. It performs well, looks great, stays quiet and reasonably cool. There's just that one correctable hiccup that will only upset some users.
If you want to use this with Windows Explorer, you'll need to convert the drive to GPT (GUID Partition Table). The Seagate software did not recognize the drive after I did this, but I was fine with that.
In windows 7, you can convert your drive by going to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. Find the correct drive, delete all volumes on that drive. Right click on the drive and select "Convert to GPT." Then, create a new partition.
The drive itself now seems to be working perfectly. Seagate should at the very least provide instructions on how to get this to work in Windows. They could have also provided a small utility to convert the drive. I should have not had to spend nearly as long as I did trying to figure out what was wrong.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this drive in March 2012, failed in 2014. Bought the 4TB version of this drive in 2013, it failed in mid 2016. I've lost 5.5TB of data between the 2 drives. Read morePublished 15 days ago by JS
Mine failed a month after warranty expired. Used for occasional backup, that means it was not powered on continually. Very disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Inquirer
Just to let you know.. EVERY SINGLE one of these I have bought has failed. Some within warranty.
I have many decade old WD drives still working. Read more
We've been using this drive on the family imac through time machine to backup critical files and photos. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Montigue
Since the Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 was priced lower than the identical 'naked' hard drive, I purchased this to simply to tear apart and pull out the hard drive for a separate RAID... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer