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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter - USB 3.0 STAE106

3.9 out of 5 stars 333 customer reviews
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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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Brand Name Seagate
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
Color Black

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ASIN B003KGBBRW
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3.9 out of 5 stars 333 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #356 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Hard Drive Accessories > Hard Drive Enclosures
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available May 3, 2010

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By Winter VINE VOICE on January 18, 2012
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I bought my GoFlex Desks over a year ago (and I've even reviewed them here), and because my equipment was all USB 2.0, I accepted my limitations and was perfectly happy. However, after a year of babysitting and file-managing, I started to wonder if there was some way I could spend less time waiting on a copy/paste operation so I could get on with my life. It was time to move up to USB 3.0.

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter for USB 3.0 has been a no-brainer solution. It comes in a no-frills cardboard box, but the nice thing is the unit includes another USB cable and an AC Adapter: in short, everything but the drive. There is also a version you can buy here that comes with a PC card you can install into your desktop computer to get USB 3.0 ports if you need them (NOTE: If this review is appearing under that product, be aware that Amazon does this and we reviewers have no control over it).

Installation is simple: slide the old base off your GoFlex drive, slip the new base on, and connect everything just the same as you did with the old base. If your drive is connected and running when you go to upgrade the base, you want to unplug the old drive (and disconnect its USB cable) and give it at least half a minute to spin down, just to protect your hardware.

That said, you should be aware that despite the noticeable speed increase, there are some issues with performance. First off, the drive inside the case is a fairly fast piece of hardware (about 6GB/s), but it is limited by the speed of USB 3.0, which is approximately 5.0GB/s. Next, if you were to compare this drive's speeds with eSATA, the nature of USB would make this an unfair fight.
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I bought a 2TB GoFlex drive from Costco, and the USB 3.0 adapter (base) from Amazon. Everything works fine and performance with the USB 3.0 adapter is noticeably better than USB 2.0.

I have only two minor issues:

1. The drive + base is not very stable. It is tall and narrow which means it will topple over with the slightest bump.

2. The USB 3.0 base comes with a brand new "international" power supply. While this might be fine for some, it made me wonder why the new base even came with a power supply when the original unit already had one? That said, the snap in plug adapters worked well. I just threw out all the non-US adapters.

Amazon's price for the USB 3.0 adapter was better than the stores but I wish Seagate would just use the 3.0 base as their only option. A USB 3.0 device will work fine plugged into a USB 2.0 port, so there is no reason for Seagate to offer a separate adapter other than as an excuse to sell you something else.
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I find Arthur's review to be interesting ... this base is for the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (SFG, my abreviation) product so it wasn't designed to be used with a bare hard drive as it appears he has done.

I bought the SFG 2tb with USB2 base before the USB3 base became available. It is literally plug and play. The only evidence that it is present is (a) the tray icon and (b) intense periodic backups bring the computer to a standstill for a few seconds. When this USB3 adapter became available, I bought it. Upgrade requires installation of the PCI board, exchanging the bases, and using the power supply and USB3 cable included in the kit. Note that the kit includes power plugs for the variety of plugs found world-wide; India? Australia? Europe? where ever you are, just use the appropriate power plug on the universal adapter. Cool!

Installation routine, once the base is changed, etc., is: The USB3 cable is FIRST plugged into an existing USB2 port, the software/drivers are installed, THEN the USB3 cable is moved from the USB2 port to the USB3 port and it is up and running. In my experience, the upgrade speeds up the periodic backup process by approx 2.5x. What did take about 10 seconds per episode is now about four seconds; the "standstill" during the process is still obvious, just not as long.

No problems whatsoever, only the "standstill" being a bit of a frustration; thus four stars.

(I notice the "verified purchase" does not show up, but this was bought via Amazon.)
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By Marty913 on February 27, 2012
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Not being a particularly complicated device, I expected this adapter to work as advertised - and was not disappointed. It was easy to swap the swap the 2.0 base that came with the drive for this 3.0 base. With my tests it was not 10X faster than the 2.0 base but most claims for USB adapters fall into the "theoretically possible" category anyway. My speeds were approximately 5X faster so well worth the effort - especially if this is used as a large file backup drive. Perhaps a little expensive if you're happy with USB 2.0 speeds but worth it if you need more.

It comes with a software program call the Seagate Dashboard that is required IF you want the Capacity Lights to work. It is not required and since it's just another program that runs all the time, I don't use it. I did test it and it does work fine so consider it an option.
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