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Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE122)

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  • Works with any GoFlex Desk Drive
  • Upgrade your interface for faster file transfer performance
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt displays and data devices
  • Dual ports supports daisy-chaining for 6 devices
  • 10 Gbps Thunderbolt port
  • System Requirements: GoFlex Desk Drive, Mac OS X operating system 10.6.8 or higher, Available Thunderbolt port & Thunderbolt cable
  • Inside the Box: GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter, power supply, quick start guide
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Product Description

Product Description

Upgrade your GoFlex Desk drive to increase performance. Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port. At 10Gbps, the Thunderbolt adapter is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800. Transferring high-definition movies and other large files now takes seconds versus minutes when compared with older interface technologies. As part of the GoFlex ecosystem, the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter turns any GoFlex Desk drive into a blazing-fast Thunderbolt device for your compatible computer. With dual Thunderbolt ports, it can support daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt devices, minimizing clutter on your desktop. Connect multiple devices to turn your computer into a powerful workstation with just one interface.

From the Manufacturer

Thunderbolt
20x Faster vs USB 2.0
Up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire 800

Thunderbolt solutions from Seagate for working at home, or on the go

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.

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapters
Just connect the Thunderbolt adapter to any Seagate GoFlex drive for high speed data transfer

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapters, Time Machine Compatible
Featuring Time Machine software compatibility for easy backups

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.

Compatibility

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 with Thunderbolt Adapter GoFlex Ultra-Portable with Thunderbolt Adapter GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter GoFlex Ultra-Portable Thunderbolt Adapter
GoFlex Desk for Mac GoFlex Ultra-Portable for Mac GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • 3TB capacity
  • Includes 1-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer or to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • 1TB capacity
  • Includes 0.5-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus or GoFlex desktop drives only
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus or GoFlex portable drives only

Product Information

Technical Details

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Brand Name Seagate
Item model number STAE122
Hardware Platform mac
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 2.8 x 5.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.48 x 2.76 x 5.91 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B007IJ7UKE
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,628 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available March 5, 2011

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By Joe Crescenzi TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2012
I have been waiting for this type of device for quite some time. Here are the main reasons you should consider buying this:

1. Most Macs have only ONE Thunderbolt port, so if you use that port for an external monitor... you NEED this, to connect both at the same time.

2. If you like to record video from Firewire to external drives, you'll discover that in order to do this, you have to use either Thunderbolt or USB for the external drive. USB is too slow, and you are tying up your FireWire port with your camera... so you have no other choice but to use a Thunderbolt drive.... like this one, or the portable version, which costs a bit less, but has no daisy chain support.

3. I also have the 2.5 inch version of this, but since it's bus powered, there is no daisy chain support... so you can't have two drives, or as I mentioned above, an external monitor.

4. This is a big one... Just like the 2.5 inch version, this adapter works with ANY SATA DRIVE. So, you can use ANY off-the-shelf drive and make it Thunderbolt compatible. I have tested this with Samsung, WD, Hitachi, Patriot Warp SSD and of course Seagate drives and they work perfectly... and the performance is just about as fast as my internal drive. The ability to use SSD drives is a great option for those looking to do disk intensive tasks such as video editing. As far as I know, there are no mainstream dedicated Thunderbolt SSD drives on the market. This makes it possible. Just pick up something like an OCZ Vertex. Ironically, the one drive I could not use was the Seagate GoFlex portable drives, because they are in a plastic case that intentionally doesn't fit. In my case, that's not an issue, because I have all 3 portable adapters (Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, FireWire 800).

5. Price.
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Been through two of these. Tried it with a MacBook Air Mid-2011 and a Retina MacBook Pro. Tried it with Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. In every case, with both computers, with both instances of the Thunderbolt Adapter, the computer freezes hard after about a minute. Must hard reboot to get control back. Apple support says "Talk to Seagate". Seagate support says "Talk to Apple." I give up. Both have been returned. I would love to hear from someone that has seen this problem and knows of a workaround or fix. At this point, I cannot recommend this product as neither Apple nor Seagate will support it.
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THis is the FASTEST external drive I have ever used! I stream video and music at home and it usually hangs several times during playback. Not anymore. THis is EXPENSIVE, but Faster than Hectors pup grabbing a cheese sandwich off the kitchen counter, (This means FAST) DId I mention that it's expensive! It is AND the cable cost's about 1/3 the price of the adapter itself. All together the adapter and cable cost was almost twice the price of my new 3 Terabyte Seagate drive itself. Did I mention that it's FAST? I am glad I got the one with the extra connector built in so I can daisy chain it (when I get my Back Pension) and get another 50 dollar 1meter cable. It's like 70 something for a 3 meter one. Did I mention that you can daisy chain these things to a Monitor, Hard Drive or anything else that has the "Thunderbolt connector? All in all it's SCREAMING FAST! I wish the price weren't so dear, but there ya go. It IS made for a MAC ya know and they are worse that SONY USED to be back in the olden days with their proprietary hardware. If you have enough money to buy a network server then I say But one of these external drives for your MAC. Why not, it's only Money.
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As this unit is not available in Australia it took a long time to source the Thunderbolt adapter. In order to get the best out of my 27" iMac i5, I decided some time ago to get a Thunderbolt HD, but found the cost of the Thunderbolt drives available to be far to expensive for me. After receiving the adapter from amazon and the purchase of the Thunderbolt cable I also decided to invest in a SSD. The combination of the Thunderbolt adapter plus the SSD gave me performance I could only describe as awesome. Im using the SSD and the adapter as a external startup drive, my internal drive is used for my data. I have had no issues at all. I'm a very "happy chappy" thanks to the Seagate Thunderbolt adapter combined with the SSD. Now, if the SSD manufacturers could hurry up and reduce the cost and increase the size so that everything can be contained on the SSD, I would be as happy as a "pig in poo". I have several SATA drives without enclosures, so they can now perform as Thunderbolt drives just by swapping with the adapter. The adapter works fine with "Time Machine" and also with my "Personal Backup" cloning software. The adapter works equally well with 3.5 and 2.5 drives without enclosures.
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This adapter works great with a bare drive to build your own Thunderbolt drive. I am using a Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM drive. SuperDuper, Time Machine, and a data partition all work fine. I used the cardboard shipping box for the drive to add some bracing between the drive and the GoFlex adapter so the drive remains stable. I haven't noticed any overheating. If you power on your Mac or reboot with the drive attached you can also see the temperature of the drive reported. I have a MacBook Air and frequently disconnect, and upon reconnection the temperature is no longer reported (very minor nit and not something I've even looked in to, it isn't important to me). If you want a cheap, flexible, high capacity Thunderbolt drive this is a great way to go about building it.
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