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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model: STAE104
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Weight: 0.30 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.7 x 6.5 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003IT6PHM
  • Item model number: STAE104
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 3, 2010

Product Description

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I had to return it and ask for a refund.
MMA
Replaced the factory one with this and it works perfectly with my 1TB Seagate GoFlex external hard drive.
Saluki
The cable did the exact thing I wanted it to do and I am very satisfied with the product I received.
Gary W. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By That One Person on February 22, 2011
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...IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING with USB 3.0 and how to set up your computer ENTIRELY to take advantage of this feature. If you don't save your $20.00, because you won't see a difference.

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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon on September 19, 2011
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I purchased this connector as a gamble - I wanted an easy way to access all the different 2.5" drives I have accumulated over recent years. I looked at the pictures closely and the connection appeared to be just a standard SATA connection, so I ordered it and waited.
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James J. Northam on June 16, 2011
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I work on a lot of computers, often you have to pull a hard drive from a laptop, this thing attaches to any laptop hard drive and makes it USB 3.0
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Smith on May 14, 2013
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If you are like me, then the only reason you are ordering this thing is because the USB cable/part on your external hard drive is broken. Most cables that utilize a usb connection in some way ca be found on the internet for a max of about $4. Unfortunately Seagate has a proprietary kind they use for their external drives and can charge you $30 for it. It does what it is inteded to do but it still hurts paying more than $5 for a product like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pen on January 26, 2012
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The cable does increase transfer rates but by nowhere near the 10x advertised rate. I backed up my PC using the backup software that came pre-installed on the PC. The software makes an image of the PC's drive that, in this case, is about 70 GB compressed. I made two backups to the same Goflex drive on separate days using first the USB 2.0 cable and then the USB 3.0 upgrade. The resulting transfer rate increased from approximately 12MB/s using USB 2.0, to 31MB/s using USB 3.0. That is an improvement of about 2.5x. I've read that this has more to do with the limitations of the rest of the systems than it does with USB 3.0. Examples would include the transfer rates of the disk drives themselves, the software, and even the CPU. Overall, I'm happy; for not much more than twenty bucks I less than halved the time it takes to backup my PC. It's difficult to complain about that.

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.
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First this product is fantastic as a bare drive adapter for --> 2.5-INCH DRIVES <-- with POWER NEEDS BELOW 5 WATTS PEAK operating! You may even need it to be below 4.5 watts peak. See below for equations.

If you want this to allow your bulky seagate or other brand desktop enclosure for 3.5" drives, or want to use it with bare 3.5" drives, the same rules apply. Problem is, I have no idea where you will find a 3.5" drive with such low power needs for both Peak and spin-up.

A lot of confusion has resulted over the usage of this product alongside a large desktop enclosure. The answer is this: you STILL NEED TO PLUG-IN AC. Keep reading, for the fun math!

The product is supposed to work with USB 2.0 as in the description.
USB 3.0 has "power" of 900mA (mA = milliamps, so this is equal to 0.9A) to work. I say power in quotes because actually Amps measure CURRENT, Watts measure POWER, keep reading.
That is almost twice what a USB 2.0 port offers 500mA (or 0.5A).
So obviously the adapter and computer are supposed to know what protocol, USB 2.0 or 3.0, to use, but if your device needs more than whatever it decides to use, it won't be powered AND send data! See: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3JKSCRPP8N98L/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_alt_4
and: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3JKSCRPP8N98L/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_alt_4
and there are a number of other hints about this in reviews on this and similar products by, some also by seagate.

I think some folks are buying this (STAE104) for their Desktop enclosure so they can also GET RID of their AC power adapter, but then the drives don't work. I don't have a seagate brand desktop enclosure, I borrowed my friends portable one, then I just loved using this to attach bare drives!
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