- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: STAE103
- Item Display Weight: 0.30 pounds
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable Powered eSATA - STAE103
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- Part of the GoFlex Storage System: works with all GoFlex and GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drives
- Delivers 6x faster performance than USB 2.0
- Powered by eSATA/USB combo port, no external power required. This only works with a notebook Combo port not a desktop eSATA port.
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1. The cable is NOT eSATA. It is eSATAp. eSATAp is a combo USB/eSATA port found on newer portables. Regular eSATA ports found on desktops are NOT powered. I use mine between my tower and notebook.
2. The cable is short.
3. You can buy a PCIe card with eSATAp port(s) but the cable will likely be too short.
4. You could opt for the USB 3.0 version if you have USB 3.0 ports. You can add a PCIe card with USB 3. port(s) but the cable may be too short. I went this route with WD Passports but the USB cable was too short and proprietary. If the USB 3.0 cable is standard and removable, you may be able to add a longer regular USB cable.
5. I have found and ordered after much searching an adapter cable that plugs into the both a vacant USB and eSATA and port and then combines the two into what I hope is a female eSATAp port. If it works, it will solve both the power and cable length issues. This puppy is called a BYTECC USB + eSATA to USB/eSATA Cable. Hope it works.
EDIT: 12/09/2010 - My BYTECC 18" USB + eSATA to USB/eSATA Cable Model USATA-118UE arrived today and it works. And it works well for me as my notebook has an eSATAp port so I have a one cable solution. I think this is the way to go other than adding a USB 3.0 PCIe expansion card..
I bought mine at opentip.com. An Amazon supplier, Zagall has it right here: USATA-118UE 18" USB + eSATA to USB/eSATA Cable NewEgg has it too.
Pros: Speed, convenience, price
Cons: I would like the cord to be a little longer or to be replaceable.
The speed is great - I get over 90 MBytes/s transfer speed when connecting to my Dell's Powered eSATA port.
Just remember that this is not a eSATA cable, it's a Powered eSATA (aka USB + eSATA) cable, so you need a special port on your computer.
I've read about compatibility issues with various laptops. Yes, this eSATA connector is a one plug unit. Meaning the only way it's connected and powered is through the eSATA cable. You need to check your system whether the eSATA port is capable of powering a system. I cannot confirm this, but if your port is a dual eSATA/USB port then you should be safe. This unit does work with a Dell Latitude E6410. I would also say that it works with the Latitude E6400/6500 series as well. I cannot confirm if it works with desktop eSATA plugs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple connector specific to Seagate extern HD.
It does what promises.
This eSATA STAE103 GoFlex Upgrade Cable worked perfectly when connected to my Seagate Satellite and eSata/USB combo port. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by TopC
I never really use this since I have purchased USB 3.0 calbes for the seagate drives. I kept getting errors on large transfers with the eSATA.Published on December 9, 2013 by L. McNerney
USB 30 is 6 to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 technology interface is designed to be backward compatible. (You can learn more about this on wikipedia. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by MM
I bought one while they were available from Seagate and thinking that it is a good product I bought the second one from Amazon. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by John
This adapter replaced the USB3 adapter that came with my drive. My laptop only had USB2 ports, but had an eSATA port. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Robert E. Bratton