- USB Powered
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home 2 TB STAM2000100
- Connects to your WiFi router, enabling convenient, wireless access to all your files from any PC or Mac computer in the home
- Automatically and continuously back up files and folders from up to 3 PC and Mac computers in the home - Time Machine software compatible
- Stream movies, photos and music to PCs, Mac computers, game consoles and GoFlex TV HD media player
- Simple setup in just minutes
- Share a USB printer with every PC and Mac computer in the home
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From the Manufacturer
The GoFlex Home network storage system enables you to set up a wireless network for the backup, storage, and streaming of your files at home. Connect multiple computers, PC, or Mac, and automatically protect your data while also enabling streaming to media players, game consoles, and other computers, all over your own "cloud". Then download the free GoFlex Home app to experience movies, video, and photos while you're on the go. It's perfect for those who need more space than a portable hard drive allows but still want access to all their data. Having a cloud solution for your movies, music, and photos also means less devices to carry around--use your phone or tablet to keep you connected to all your media and important files.
A Cloud to Call Your Own
Use the GoFlex Home to wirelessly back up and store data for multiple computers. Share media to your networked mobile devices, or access media from remote, web-connected computers with no monthly fees. It's like having your own cloud storage and backup solution right at home.
Your Media Made Mobile
Store your media safely at home, then experience all your movies, photos, and music on the go. Your data becomes portable, but you don't need to worry about mobile storage or data loss when you're on the road. Stream your media to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices using the free GoFlex Access app. Or remotely stream your media library to any Internet-connected computer with a web browser. It's a simple solution to access all your data anywhere, anytime.
GoFlex Home lets you automatically back up and store up to a massive 3TB of data from multiple PC and Mac computers. It will easily organize even the largest media library in one secure spot. It's even compatible with Time Machine backup software for Mac.
What's in the Box?
Seagate GoFlex Home network storage system with base and hard drive, Ethernet cable, power supply, quick start guide, GoFlex Home install CD, warranty.
Seagate FreeAgnet GoFlex Home External Hard Drive Specifications
|How Much Will it Store?|
|Digital Music (Hours)||16,660||33,320||49,980|
| Digital Photos (Files) |
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
|Digital Videos (Hours)||1,000||2,000||3,000|
| DVD Quality (Movies) |
Based on standard 2 hour movie
| 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.|
Top Customer Reviews
Initially when I set it up my backups were taking for ever and I nearly returned this to Costco. Copying a 1 GB file from my laptop over the wireless network was taking 15 minutes. So imagine backing up a 300GB drive (3 days). I realized that something had to be incorrectly setup.
The problem was not the drive, but was the fact that everything was connected through my Verizon Fios wireless router!!! This router is only a 10/100 wireless router! This was the issue - it was the bottleneck that was slowing everything down. I bought a simple gigabit wireless router and connected my entire home network to it so all communication in my home was not approximately 7-8 times faster. My gigabit router then connected to the Verizon Fios router to access the internet.
So now copying a 1 GB file over the wireless network takes around 2 minutes (instead of 15).
Copying a 1GB file from a PC that has a lan wire connected to it takes approximately 1 minute.
So if you're going to buy this great and cheap device I suggest that you spend some time in learning how to do this right (or get someone else to help you).
3 Big Tips:
1) Don't install the software that comes with the drive. Instead open a browser, type in goflexhome.local in the Address field, and press Enter to start the setup.
2) Make sure that you don't use a 10/100 wireless router. This will be the bottle neck and slow things down immenseley.
3) If you are using a PC then use Cobian (a free backup software) to backup your PC. With a Mac use Timemachine.
I now have this setup so that my PC's and Mac backup by themselves up on a daily basis.
My biggest problem with this drive is the read/write speeds, especially the latter. As a 2 TB drive, one would expect to load a fair amount of data onto it, and read large files off of it. The read speeds on this thing were halfway decent, but not good enough to effectively stream an HD movie, even on a fast wireless N network. The write speeds are far worse. Transferring files wirelessly to the drive had a max speed of only ~4 Mbps, and an average barely over 3. Even worse, the dock's USB port had an even slower speed, max around 3 Mbps and average just under 2. Moving files around internally was also often slow, it was unbearable. It literally took days of straight transfer to get 1 TB onto this drive.
Beyond these already-crippling problems, this drive does not work with quite as many devices as the advertising would suggest, or at least, not for free. Multiple reviews suggested it would work right out of the box with my Xbox 360. After numerous attempts and a bunch of research, I have decided that this is not the case. Without third party software, this device will not stream to the 360, and possibly not even with said software. I also was unable to get it to stream to my Android phone (Droid X), even though it is DLNA equipped. The sharing features in the software are confusing and don't seem to work the way they should. Even more annoying, the drive does not appear as a network drive until after you boot up the software, which means you must do this every time you start up the computer. This is completely unnecessary. Other users on the network can access the drive, but only after installing the software, and only up to a certain limit. Internet access works, but could be better.
In the end, this drive did a few things decently well. However, any larger NAS has a benefit of both much faster speeds and better backup and security options (RAID configurations). I decidedly advise against getting this product.
One computer worked OK, although finding the three drive partitions the software sets up was sort of catch or catch can. Also I had to install the NAS drive manually using a method explained on the Seagate GoFlex support pages in an FAQ. The installation software on the CD-ROM did not work.
The other computer seemed to work fine at first but after several days during startup it spent about 20-40 minutes looking for the drive, while the screen remained black. Removing the network connection to the drives corrected the problem nicely.
I also wanted to use the print server feature on this device. Unfortulately the server is quite primitive and usually did not work. One of the Windows 7 computer kept losing its connection in addition, requiring frequent re-installs.
Finally, the backup feature seemed to work OK, but was extremely slow -- like 28 hours for the first backup. I think this was caused by two issues: 1) the requirement that you make a system image which is a slow process. 2) the GoFlex drives connection speed over the network. Oh, did I mention that the computer is brand new and has only a few files on it and just a couple of apps. So I'm not even backing up much.
Of course, the thing seemed to work pretty well on our third computer, an ancient Win XP Pentium D computer I built myself around 10 years ago. I installed the networks manually on this one as the software could not find the drive.
But the problem with the boot on the Win 7 machine, which I was unable to solve despite working on it for about a week, and the problems with the print server were deal killers. So I uninstalled the thing. I had drilled a lot of holes and laid wire and moved the router to use this device, spending quite a bit of time on a tall ladder in the process and banging my head more than once on a shelf in a tight closet, so I was not happy to uninstall it.
Shame on Seagate for buggy networking device software (that is supposed to run on Win 7). And why can't someone, somewhere build a decent backup device? In over 25 years using and building computers I have yet to find a really good backup device.