Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable FireWire 800 - STAE102
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- Part of the GoFlex Storage System: works with all GoFlex and GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drives
- 2x faster than USB 2.0
- LED lights show drive activity
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As part of the GoFlex Storage System, the GoFlex upgrade cable – FireWire 800 enables you to upgrade the interface on your GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive to FireWire 800 connectivity. The GoFlex FireWire 800 cable simply clicks in place, making it easy to switch between other GoFlex cables and devices. The GoFlex FireWire 800 cable features LED lights to show drive activity and offers 2x faster performance compared to USB 2.0.
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With this attached the drive will read and write nearly twice as fast as it does with USB 2.0. I did a system test on a 1GB file transfer and found that with the USB 2.0 cable it writes 28.7 MB/s and reads 36.4 MB/s. With the Firewire 800 cable it writes 55.5 MB/s and reads 73.5 MB/s. Theoretically, the drive runs faster than that and the cables could transfer data much quickly than that - so these shouldn't be taken as absolute speeds but only how fast it is working on my system. Still, what that means is that with this cable it can transfer a 2 GB video file in just over half a minute.
Like a couple of other reviewers I did notice that the adapter tends to heat up a bit at the point of connection - it doesn't seem hot enough that it's dangerous, more warm than truly hot. Still that suggests that this may be drawing more power than it's actually using. I don't know enough about it to know if that's a design flaw or just an unavoidable feature, but it's worth mentioning.
When I received this product in the mail, it looked great and fit my GoFlex great too. But when I tried fitting it into my MacBook's FireWire 800 port, it was a really tight fit. It was so tight, that when I jammed it in half way into the port, I was too scared to push it in even further. I yanked it out. I looked into the port and already could see some wear inside it.
I emailed Seagate that same day to contact them if this was the right product. They emailed me that the next day saying that this adapter was not made for Macs and that they'd send me the right one. So a few days later, the right adapter came in the mail. It connected to my GoFlex perfectly like the other one and more importantly, slid right into the MacBook's port, fitting perfectly.
Comparing the two adapters side by side, I could tell that inside the "Mac" versions adapter male piece, the plastic piece in the middle was a bit higher by only a few millimeters compared to this one I'm reviewing. I had no idea that FireWire 800 ports were different on different devices. Width wise it was the same and the insert point on the casing was still metal. Also, the new adapter was in silver, obviously made specifically for the silver GoFlex HD.
So beware, this adapter is not made for Macs. Apparently the FireWire 800 ports are different on Macs then on other devices. The only reason why I didn't put a 1-star is because Seagate has pretty good customer service and was able to send me the right adapter.
The "Mac" adapter version also doesn't get very hot as the previous one I had. It gets warm but definitely not hot enough to burn you. And let me tell you, I edit video with it for hours and transfer pictures. So theres a difference. Still going strong.
They told me this adapter has been discontinued for mac and they are reinventing the cable within the coming weeks/months. That means they will have a suitable replacement for this in the near future.
I was also informed that the mac ultraportable drive seagate sells comes with the correct firewire cable. I have read and found very few issues with that cable.
When asked if I could just buy the mac cable I was told it is not yet an option, but the "redesigned cable" is going to be very similar if not identical.