|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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Keep in mind that Seagate has discontinued this design. As we discovered it is too unstable. I recommend putting the drive on its side.
It is not going to harm the drive inside which is a barracuda by the way. If you want to know which side to put it down just pull off the base and observe where the connector on the drive is located and lay the drive down on the side nearest the connector. It will then be orientated the same way as if it were installed in a tower computer. I disassembled the case and discovered the model and of course how to remove the shell. I discovered that the drive is a Barracuda ST3000DM001 3tb 64mb cache drive running at 7200rpm. All Barracudas of this type run at 7200rpm. The case covering the drive is just a snap-on plastic shell. The top piece pops off first and then I took a single edge razor blade and worked it under the seem near the bottom and release the plastic hooks that are apart of the shell. The razor blade will only work itself into one side of the case and that is the side that will release the locking hooks. Just work it at the base and it will begin to pop off you will hear and see it. The cover is a thin plastic shell mostly for looks and to protect the drive from dirt and dust and for pretty. The drive has a standard connector nothing special and can actually be installed in a tower if so desired. Seagate actually cheap shells that covers the drive for there is no electronics inside the shell. All the electronics are located in the connector adapter and of course the only adapter available now is the 2.0/3.0 USB. So I would advise buying more than one just in case. For when the adapters are gone and the one you have goes bad you are out of luck. 7 bucks is cheap for an adapter and we can always get power supplies and cables but not the adapter. If you do a search here and on Ebay you might be able to find the complete kit but not for long. It sure will will not be 7 bucks LOL.
Well got to go, Good Luck to all
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.