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Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBF500101 Black

by Seagate
3.6 out of 5 stars 609 customer reviews
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  • Carry your media library with you and wirelessly stream to your iPad
  • Syncs the media and documents on your PC or Mac, so that you can take your library with you on-the-go
  • Stream 3 different movies over Wi-Fi simultaneously to 3 iPads
  • Never worry about running out of storage capacity on your iPad or forgetting a file at home
  • Stream up to 5 hours of video on a single charge
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model Number: STBF500101
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year limited
  • Hard Disk Description: Portable
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Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage allows you to carry your media library with you while on-the-go and wirelessly stream movies, photos, music and documents to your iPad, tablet or smartphone. The GoFlex Satellite device includes a fast USB 3.0/USB 2.0 connection and downloadable Media Sync software to easily transfer media and documents from your PC or Mac computer. The GoFlex Satellite device can store over 300 HD movies, so you'll never have to worry about running out of space on your iPad or tablet.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless External Hard Drive
Stream and surf on almost any device that has Wi-Fi and a web browser

Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless External Hard Drive
Always have easy access to your media with Seagate's free app
Reliable wireless streaming
Three different HD movies on three different devices-- all at the same time

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home
Easily access and stream your media library wherever you are
Easy Mobile Wireless Storage

Take your media library with you. Stream it to your iPad. GoFlex Satellite allows you to take more than 300 HD movies on-the-go, and stream media over Wi-Fi to 3 iPads at the same time. You can also automatically sync media and documents from your PC or Mac computer. Satellite also enables you to stream media and connect to a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot to surf the Internet.

Your Entire Media Library, Now Mobile

The GoFlex Satellite device goes wherever your iPad goes and lets you wirelessly access all your movies, photos, music and documents. No more worrying about running out of space on your iPad. Satellite offers 500GB of storage capacity, with up to 7 hours battery life and up to 25 hours standby time.

Stream HD to Three iPads Simultaneously

Three different HD movies, three different iPads, all at the same time. Everyone in the family can wirelessly access the hundreds of movies you load on your GoFlex Satellite storage. Stream to almost any Wi-Fi enabled device using a web browser or the free app optimized for iPad. Up to 8 users can connect to the GoFlex Satellite to access photos, music, or documents.

Reliable Wireless Streaming with Tablets and Smartphones Too

With a GoFlex Satellite device in your backpack you can stream all of your HD movies to your iPad--without tangled cords or cables. A GoFlex Satellite device streaming wirelessly by your side means you can multi-task to your own beat. While you stream your favorite tunes or ebook, stay on top of email or surf your favorite sites. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity delivers reliable skip-free streaming, with a wireless range of more than 30 feet.

Stream to almost any device that has Wi-Fi connectivity and a web browser--including laptops, Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch and more.

Simple 1-2-3 Setup with Flexibility Built In

Simply plug the GoFlex Satellite device into your PC or Mac computer and load your media. Next, charge it with the included portable wall charger or car charger. Now you're ready to start wirelessly streaming media to your iPad for up to 7 hours of continuous play.

The GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device is part of the Seagate GoFlex Storage System. This innovative system makes it incredibly easy to upgrade or change the interface on your GoFlex Satellite device, so you can always get optimal transfer speeds when loading and syncing your media. Satellite includes USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers (fully compatible with USB 2.0). Other available interfaces include FireWire 800 and powered eSATA using compatible cables (sold separately).

What's in the Box?

GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device, USB 3.0 USM adapter with detachable USB 3.0 cable, compact wall adapter with retractable pins, compact car charger, USB to DC cable, quick start guide, warranty.

Seagate Satellite GoFlex Mobile Wireless External Hard Drive Specifications

500 GB1 Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home
Model Number STBF500101
Interface Wireless
Available Colors Black
How Much Will it Store?
Digital Music Digital Music (Hours) 8,330
Digital Photos Digital Photos (Files)
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
Digital Videos Digital Videos (Hours) 500
DVD Quality DVD Quality (Movies)
Based on standard 2 hour movie
HD Video HD Video (Hours)
Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate
1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.1 x 6.7 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004Z0S7K6
  • Item model number: STBF500101
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at May 16, 2011

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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Edit on 8/6: I have now used the GoFlex on my travels, a weekend away and my commute home from work. On one charge it worked all week. I especially like the fact that I can carry it in my purse along with the iPad and I can connect to the wireless signal while train traveling. The iPad picked up the wifi signal perfectly from the device which was in my purse, on my lap and underneath the iPad. I haven't tried to use it for anything but video, but for that it works great.

I received this a few days ago from the Vine Voice program. It was advertised as a storage device for media that can be streamed wirelessly to your iPad. As someone who likes to watch video on my iPad 2, I thought that was pretty cool, so I went for it. Before it arrived I checked out the product page to read more about it and saw all the rather horrid one- and two-star reviews, and my heart sank.

Well, now that I've had it for a few days, have set it up and used it, I can report that it works beautifully for exactly the purpose it advertised itself for. After reading so many negative reviews, I am baffled at what some of the posters though this device was designed to do. As a device for storing gigabyte-hogging TV programs and movies and the watching them on your iPad, I think it's terrific? Now for the particulars.

I took it out of the box, read the instructions, and decided to first fully charge the device. Meanwhile, I downloaded a TV series that I've been wanting for a while but which I knew I wouldn't have enough room on the iPad for. The download from ITunes of all 13 episodes of The Killing in HD to my MacBook Pro literally took all night. When I got home from work the next evening, I went about setting up the GoFlex on the MacBook.
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Out of the box. The unit itself looked slick and simple. The cords needed to connect and charge this thing kinda baffled me. By that I mean they seemed redundant. Why not charge, and sync all through USB. There's probably even a good reason for this, and it didn't lessen my excitement any.

The first disappointment came when I found out the drive was ( and has to remain in ) Windows NT format requiring the installation of a special driver on my Mac to run. Not a big catching point, but as I had an older (G5 running 10.4) laptop as a media server made it unusable on my current setup. Not a deal breaker. I even kind of expected it not to run as it is an outdated computer and system. Just the reason why kinda threw me.

So to my main computer I hooked up the drive storing all my media, and my new GoFlex Satellite. What followed was a consistent string of disappointments created by this 'product'. Running a Mac means I had to install a special driver that would enable "write" permissions on NTFS (windows NT) drives. Luckily the software is on the drive when you plug it in. Separate from that is a piece of software you have to download from seagate's site that allows you to sync files over to the drive. At least that's what you are instructed to do. So with the second piece of software installed I begin the arduous task of syncing my music library over.

I'm a bit of an audiophile it's well over 300 gigs of just music so I knew it was going to take a while. But here we come to the first of many needless impediments in the system. I opted out of straight up syncing as there are some files I didn't want. And instead pointed the software to the folder containing my music on my external.
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Wow, I wish this thing worked better.

- Stutters when playing a single M4V stream, re-encoded with Handbrake at at data rate of just 1000 kbps (lower than the "standard" of 1500).
- UI is barely usable
- Subtitles are not an option when using the iOs app (but are ok when using the browser UI)

- Horrible UI - doesn't even try reading ID3 tags and displaying a music collection by artist, album, etc. It's just a list of all songs in alphabetical order. Seriously.

- Again, horrible UI. Every graphic file on the drive (including album artwork) is treated like a photo. Folder view at least uses your own collections/groupings, but astonishingly there is no slide show mode - it's one image at a time, hitting the 'Done' button to return to the file list and select another image.

I know Seagate has worked with PogoPlug in the past. I found myself wishing they'd used the PogoPlug software this time (it's not perfect, but it doesn't suck this bad).
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So far I have been impressed with most aspects of the Satellite. It preforms as I expected. I found set up to be complicated however. Should not have been and I'm not sure why it was. Followed instructions to a tee, with a Mac there is a .dmg file included so there is no need to format drive but it would only read and not let me write to the drive. After tinkering for an hour I downloaded the Mac file from the website and got it working. I also downloaded the Mac sync file and begin to load a few movies. I found it much easier to just drag and drop files to the Satellite rather than using the sync software. When using the sync software it would reload the same files each time I synced so I ended up with several copies of the same movies. Anyway after playing around I was able get it set up. I bought the optional Firewire connection as my older Macbook Pro doesn't have USB 3.0. port and this helps speed up moving files. You must use the seagate firewire or USB cable as they are prepriatary to Seagate.
Using the Satellite worked great with my iPhone, iPad and Touch. I downloaded the Goflex app and it is very simple. I also used my wifes Color Nook and while there is no app for android yet it was no problem going through her browser. I have had three devices watching three different movies at the same time with no problem.
The only negitives so far is the difficult set-up and the price. If you don't mind the expense and have the time to tinker with the set-up you will be rewarded the perfect accessory for your iPad when traveling.
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