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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable FireWire 800 - STAE102

by Seagate
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  • Part of the GoFlex Storage System: works with all GoFlex and GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drives
  • 2x faster than USB 2.0
  • LED lights show drive activity
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model: STAE102
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 0.30 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.7 x 6.5 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003IT6PHC
  • Item model number: STAE102
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 3, 2010

Product Description

As part of the GoFlex Storage System, the GoFlex upgrade cable – FireWire 800 enables you to upgrade the interface on your GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive to FireWire 800 connectivity. The GoFlex FireWire 800 cable simply clicks in place, making it easy to switch between other GoFlex cables and devices. The GoFlex FireWire 800 cable features LED lights to show drive activity and offers 2x faster performance compared to USB 2.0.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The Seagate website says this should work with the Back Up Plus 3TB external hard drive.
Scott D. Pearson
Do NOT use this cable attached to a machine if the room temperature will be warm for any extended period of time, or for a machine that will be left in a "sleep" mode.
Randy Lober
As stated by others, the FireWire 800 connector on the other end of the cable seems to provide a very tight fit.
A. M. Glaeser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Andersen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2010
I've got a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB drive, and this is a very nice accessory to have with it. Obviously, it will only work for you if you have a Firewire 800 port on your computer, which is not the same as the older Firewire 400 (but it's also worth noting that the speed on Firewire 400s is about the same as for a USB 2.0 plug, so that kind of adapter would be effectively useless).

With this attached the drive will read and write nearly twice as fast as it does with USB 2.0. I did a system test on a 1GB file transfer and found that with the USB 2.0 cable it writes 28.7 MB/s and reads 36.4 MB/s. With the Firewire 800 cable it writes 55.5 MB/s and reads 73.5 MB/s. Theoretically, the drive runs faster than that and the cables could transfer data much quickly than that - so these shouldn't be taken as absolute speeds but only how fast it is working on my system. Still, what that means is that with this cable it can transfer a 2 GB video file in just over half a minute.

Like a couple of other reviewers I did notice that the adapter tends to heat up a bit at the point of connection - it doesn't seem hot enough that it's dangerous, more warm than truly hot. Still that suggests that this may be drawing more power than it's actually using. I don't know enough about it to know if that's a design flaw or just an unavoidable feature, but it's worth mentioning.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By T. Lin on July 7, 2010
This Firewire 800 cable adapter is small and light featuring fast Firewire800 transfer rate. HOWEVER - this thing gets HOT!! After leaving it plugged in for 10 minutes, the connector became noticeably warm to touch. I disconnect it and felt the metal connector - it's quite uncomfortably warm to touch which made me concerned because the USB 2.0 adapter that comes with my GoFlex 500 GB does not get this hot (not even close). Furthermore, the short FireWire 800 connector cable is integrated to the dock / not detachable - it's not suitable for desktop use due to the short cable length. Overall I am afraid the long term durability of the cable due to the extreme amount of heat put out by this cable.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By as on June 13, 2011
I purchased this product in need of storing 700 gigs of music videos. I used it for over a month with my MacBook Pro and the drive worked fine while using the supplied firewire adapter. Their supplied cable MUST be used due to the adapter they have on the back. This drive requires adapters, not cables. None the less, the firewire cables end has an extremely tight fit. After using the drive for a month I went to use one of my other firewire 800 drives and a standard firewire cable now has play. Moreover, this play causes my other drives to constantly become disconnected without safe removal due to the movement in the port which was caused by the seagate cables tight fit. Segate is continually blowing me off and I am currently waiting to be contacted by the next manager who will probably tell me that I am plugging it wrong again. Yes thats right, they told me I cant plug in a cable properly. AVOID this hard drive unless you dont want your firewire port on your MacBook Pro to function as designed. They finally called me back and said that I should of have just left the cable plugged in to my macbook pro and that it is my fault for using it. #JOKE
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By acronk on May 8, 2012
I have talked to seagate over the past few days trying to figure out what to do after hearing about the problems people are having with this adapter and mac.

They told me this adapter has been discontinued for mac and they are reinventing the cable within the coming weeks/months. That means they will have a suitable replacement for this in the near future.

I was also informed that the mac ultraportable drive seagate sells comes with the correct firewire cable. I have read and found very few issues with that cable.

When asked if I could just buy the mac cable I was told it is not yet an option, but the "redesigned cable" is going to be very similar if not identical.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By APug on December 19, 2011
I own a 15" MacBook Pro (early 2011) so it doesn't have USB 3.0, but it does have a FireWire 800 port. I looked into buying a portable hard drive for myself with FireWire for pictures and videos. Instead of buying the more expensive "Mac" version of the FreeAgent GoFlex, which is about twice the price, I bought the regular GoFlex 1.5 TB with USB 3.0 and looked at buying this adapter. Little did I know, this adapter is actually different from the one that comes with the Mac hard drive version.

When I received this product in the mail, it looked great and fit my GoFlex great too. But when I tried fitting it into my MacBook's FireWire 800 port, it was a really tight fit. It was so tight, that when I jammed it in half way into the port, I was too scared to push it in even further. I yanked it out. I looked into the port and already could see some wear inside it.

I emailed Seagate that same day to contact them if this was the right product. They emailed me that the next day saying that this adapter was not made for Macs and that they'd send me the right one. So a few days later, the right adapter came in the mail. It connected to my GoFlex perfectly like the other one and more importantly, slid right into the MacBook's port, fitting perfectly.

Comparing the two adapters side by side, I could tell that inside the "Mac" versions adapter male piece, the plastic piece in the middle was a bit higher by only a few millimeters compared to this one I'm reviewing. I had no idea that FireWire 800 ports were different on different devices. Width wise it was the same and the insert point on the casing was still metal. Also, the new adapter was in silver, obviously made specifically for the silver GoFlex HD.

So beware, this adapter is not made for Macs.
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