|Item model number||STAE106|
|Item Weight||8.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.2 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6.22 x 4.88 x 1.18 inches|
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter - USB 3.0 STAE106
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- Compatible with GoFlex Desk external drives
- USB 3.0 offers a 10x performance increase
- Easy-to-view LED capacity gauge
- Offers both vertical and horizontal drive orientation
- USB 3.0 cable included, AC power adapter included
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The GoFlex Desk desktop adapter - USB 3.0 enables you to upgrade the interface on your GoFlex Desk external drive to USB 3.0 connectivity. The GoFlex USB 3.0 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 10x faster performance compared to USB 2.0. With both vertical and horizontal drive orientation options, the GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter can complement any desktop environment. The GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
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But first, a quick word about USB transfer speeds. This quote was from one of the PC Magazine writers on the subject:
"USB 2.0 theoretically gets up to 480 Mb per second or 60 MB/sec and USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/sec, which would be something like 600 MB/sec. The protocols always have lots of overhead; and on USB 3.0, the performance will undoubtedly be limited by the physical drive, how fast it spins, and how quickly the heads move within the drive."
The PC Mag writer goes on to say that moving lots of little files will also slow down the transfer rate and that he was, in reality, getting transfer speeds around 16 MB/sec using USB 2.0 and 30 MB/sec using USB 3.0.
OK, so don't expect 600 MB/second with USB 3.0. In fact, I've tested my USB 2.0 transfer speeds from my desktop PC to the GoFlex when it was fitted with the USB 2.0 base and they averaged 16.6 MB/sec, very similar to the speeds experienced by the PC Mag writer.
So, to test this new USB 3.0 upgrade, I decided to backup my 14.7 GB "My Pictures" folder from my PC to the GoFlex drive. Prior to the USB upgrade, this was taking me about 14 minutes at a transfer rate of 16.6 MB/sec. And with this upgrade, the transfer rate is 50 MB/sec and it now takes 5 minutes. So.....knowing that the theoretical rates of 600 MB/sec are not really achievable in the real world, I was still pretty pleased to improve my transfer speeds with this device by 64%, well worth it to me.
It was not packaged as new however, simply in a static proof bag.
However the seller is another issue, very slow to ship, almost a week, and when I gave the seller a 3 star rating, they sent me an email trying to buy a better rating.
I would heartily recommend this item, however, get it from a more reputable seller.
PROS: It looked new, and everything plugged in properly. I placed a 250 GB hard drive onto the dock, and used my computer's "Time Machine" software to back-up my hard drive. The copying process went smoothly.
CONS: The device comes with no directions. I searched Seagate's website, Apple's forums, 10-pages of Amazon's customer-reviews, etc., ... but was unable to find a manual anywhere! (I think this is partly because this device was discontinued by Seagate nearly 4 years ago). The reason I wanted the manual was to decipher what the LED light indicators on the device signify.
It turns-out that the LED lights don't work on it all all, ... none of them would light at any point during my use of the device to back-up my hard drive. The only L.E.D indicator that would light was the little round white "power indicator" L.E.D., ... and that doesn't even light when you plug the A.C. adapter in, ... it only glows white when you've plugged the USB. 3.0 cable into your computer (and the other end into the dock). But, despite the lights not working, the device did make a reliable back-up (at faster speeds than USB 2.0), ... I hope that explaining all this here might save someone else the frustration / time of searching for a manual, (and wondering about the "non-lighting LED indicators").