|Item Weight||1.44 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.7 x 1.8 x 5.2 inches|
|Item model number||STAE121|
Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121)
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- Increase performance
- Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port.
- Allows you to take it with you everywhere you go
- Works with any portable GoFlex Drive
- Upgrade your interface for faster file transfer performance
- Compatible with Thunderbolt displays and other devices
- Bus powered, no external power supply required
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|Digital Storage Capacity||—||—||1 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||10||Portable||Portable||External||External|
|Hard-Drive Size||10 GB||0 GB||1,024 GB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||Thunderbolt||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||6.69 x 1.81 x 5.24 in||4.83 x 3.08 x 1.09 in||0.91 x 3.17 x 5.12 in||0.75 x 5 x 3.27 in||4.96 x 3.08 x 0.68 in|
|Item Weight||1.44 ounces||3.36 ounces||0.58 lb||0.65 lb||0.53 lb|
|Memory Storage Capacity||1 TB||—||1 TB||—||2 GB|
|Size||—||—||1 TB||1 TB||—|
Upgrade your GoFlex Ultra-Portable drive to increase performance with the GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter. Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port. At 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800. Transferring high-definition movies and other large files now can take seconds versus minutes when compared with older interface technologies. As part of the GoFlex ecosystem, the GoFlex Thunderbolt portable adapter turns any GoFlex portable drive into a blazing-fast Thunderbolt device for your computer. This portable solution allows you to take it with you everywhere you go, as it is completely bus powered, meaning you do not need an external power supply. Connect it to the end of a daisy chain of Thunderbolt devices, or directly to the Thunderbolt port on your computer. With the help of Thunderbolt technology and compatible peripherals, users can turn their everyday computer into a powerful workstation.
From the Manufacturer
Satisfy your need for speed. Designed to meet the demands of professional media creators, Thunderbolt technology allows users to unleash their creativity using high-bandwidth audio- and video-capturing devices, while transferring data at up to 10 gigs-per-second--up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800.
Now this technology is available to you to address your growing storage needs with Seagate's new, flexible Thunderbolt adapters. Simply connect your GoFlex drive and Thunderbolt adapter to your computer using your Thunderbolt cable to instantly begin transferring high-speed data and high-definition (HD) video on a single interface.
Speed with Precision
Built for accuracy, capacity and speed, Thunderbolt technology precisely moves vast amounts of data at up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800.
Connect the Desk Thunderbolt adapter directly to your computer, or to displays and other Thunderbolt devices. With dual ports, you can daisy chain up to six devices. Works with any GoFlex desktop drive.
Or take the Thunderbolt Portable adapter on the go--you can connect it directly to your computer’s Thunderbolt port. When you get home, attach it to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain. Works with any GoFlex portable drive.
Data and Display Daisy Chains for When You're At Home
Thunderbolt technology supports two separate channels--one for high-speed data transfer and one for high-definition (HD) display on a single interface. Take advantage of this cutting-edge technology by connecting high-end displays to a Seagate Thunderbolt adapter and realize the benefits of maximum performance with minimal desktop clutter.
From Work Station to Train Station--No Outlet Required
The Seagate Thunderbolt Portable adapter is entirely bus powered, meaning you don’t have to be tethered to a power outlet. That means that you have high-speed access to your data no matter where you are.
The Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Family
|GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter Bundles||GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapters|
|GoFlex Desk for Mac||GoFlex Ultra-Portable for Mac||GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter||GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter|
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I used a time machine backup to restore the contents of the internal drive to the SSD, then made the SSD on the Seagate GoFlex my boot drive. Night and day difference. The computer is now a joy to use. OS and apps are on the SSD, the internal HD is for my iTunes and Aperture libraries. Aperture loads in 2 bounces. No more beach ball!
1. small size and light weight
2. had just the hardware i needed most (except i also needed a kensington lock slot at the time)
3. the thunderbolt port should have made it possible to connect a fast external drive when i needed one.
now that thunderbolt port is finally useful for reason 3 and not just for external monitors and projectors. a little hardware hacking was still needed though. as one reviewer noted, there is a strong magnetic field at the end opposite the connectors. this is due to a bar magnet in that end. the top and sides are just snapped together so it's not too dificult to pry open and reclose. the bar magnet is held in place with clips and 2-sided tape. it easily pops out with a precision flathead screwdriver or similar object. it will then promptly attach itself to the EMI shield. just slide it out the end. pinch the top and sides together with thumb and fingers to re-close.
common hardware store sticky feet can be found in a size that bridges the gap perfectly without prying up on an installed SSD. you will need the airgap that creates to keep both the GoFlex and the SSD cool. that means you do *NOT* want to fill that gap with post-it notes!
pro strength electrical tape is enough to hold a 2.5" SSD in place. one piece over the end opposite the connectors. 2 pieces on the connector end. one on each side of the light(s). you do *NOT* want to cover the holes in the GoFlex. those holes help keep the GoFlex cool.
don't forget to add a label for the SSD so you don't forget what is on it.
Apple now makes a 0.5 meter (1.6 foot) thunderbolt cable which provides better power (larger gauge wire plus shorter length equals much lower resistance resulting in more power getting to the drive) that runs colder (lower resistance also means less heat generated) than other cheaper cables. it's worth the price Apple charges.
hardware hacking complete. the result is screaming fast with no bottlenecks even for faster SSDs like the OCZ Agility 4 256GB+ series or (even faster) the Samsung 840 pro 256GB+ series (i own, have tested, and use both). the GoFlex and SSDs both still get hot. the Apple cable runs cold. a fan is still needed when working for longer than about 5 to 10 minutes. writing will always make them both hotter than reading will. that first drive transfer is a semiconductor killer heat-wise. the performance is as good as the SATA3 6Gb/s internal interface. for the consumer market, this is the best it will get for a while. S.M.A.R.T. status is verifiable on the default built-in thunderbolt drivers supplied by Apple (unlike firewire and usb)! however, Seagate did not make it possible to read any drive data via the system information (previously system profiler) application. Apple also dropped S.M.A.R.T. status from disk utility. you may need a third party app to verify it. also make sure you have installed all the Apple thunderbolt firmware updates for your system. current TRIM patches do not seem to work over thunderbolt. it might be a driver issue or it may be that the patches were only intended to add TRIM support for the internal SATA interface. encrypt everything before writing to the drive if you care. lack of TRIM support has not yet affected performance of SSDs with hardware garbage collection in my experience.
this unit is worth it for the sheer speed performance alone, especially on the MacBookAir. i have 2 of the above described setups. i use one with my MB Air and the other with my MB Pro. both setups fit in the respective laptop bags and are well worth it.
1. It would disconnect the drive at the slightest movement of the cable.
2. It would disconnect the drive randomly(I have used different drives, Seagate Go-Flex ,Seagate 2.5HDD, OWC SSD and Toshiba 2.5) it didn't matter. It Randomly disconnects without movement of the set-up.
3. After a period of use, It Died...The Light is on but the drives does not appear on the Computer. The same drives mounted on the MBP via Go Flex USB 3.0 and FW 800 connectors.
The reason for not making it a 5 star rating is the fact that between the GoFlex and BackupPlus drives from Seagate (both portable and the same form factor) they have changed the shapes so each of these drives need a different adapter which is very unfair.
I have both of these drives and I was happy to see that the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter fits on both the GoFlex drive and the BackupPlus drives but that's not possible the other way around. Since I connected the GoFlex Adapter to the BackupPlus drive, I now have a spare USB3 adapter that I thought I could use with my original GoFlex drive (USB2 interface) but was disappointed to see that the shape does not allow it. They should have created a smaller universal adapter for all these drives.
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