Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB3.0 / USB 2.0 (STAA-series)
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Misleading Title of This Product
Moaz Bambi, Amazon
22 May 2014
Summary: I've bought this product a while back, and I've used it primarily for backup. Today, I wanted to backup 320GB of data. I started backing up, and due to the big bulk of data I'm backing up, I started noting the data transfer speed! These are USB 2.0 speeds not 3.0. I looked up the listing here, it clearly indicates USB 3.0 everytime they have the chance. But my data speeds were only about ~30MB/s which is USB 2.0.
Summary: I suppose some of you might think that getting two years out of a hard drive is good. Well, I don't, especially considering it was never dropped, abused, or mishandled. It fact this was just sitting on a shelf when I needed to move some files... It makes an awful clicking noise and windows says it needs to be formatted to continue. I tried that, and it failed immediately. This drive is a brick. I expected a little more than 2 years of use. Probably won't buy this again.
Summary: Half of the drive is partitioned for PC and the other half for Mac. The Mac side keeps getting corrupted...like every 2 months. Fortunately Disk Utility has been able to fix it every time but I'm not optimistic. Time for a new back up drive.
Summary: So, this thing is pretty cool. It's bigger than I was expecting, and I hate that it has to have 2 things plugged in to function, but whatever. That's not why I'm writing this review.. Within a week of getting this, after backing up my entire 250gb internal to it, it started to CLICK. And I don't mean the occasional HDD click that all drives do, I mean a CLICK. Like a loud "ca-CHINK".
Summary: The item was ordered to use with a Mac laptop. Had to reformat disk, removing all the software that came with it. Had been having some problems with the mac and another external HD and ordered this one to replace the other. Would not work with the mac. Never could unmount drive. Finally managed to get it working with an older mac and gave drive to my son to use with his PC, He is having trouble with the drive. Don't know what kind.
Summary: The slightest jostle of my computer and the USB cord disconnects and I get an error message. It's very frustrating. This only happens to this drive and it happens in all USB inputs, so it's not my computer's fault, but the drive's. Again: It's very frustrating.
Summary: The drive performs well; I ran the HD Tune tests and was impressed with the drive performance, using the eSATA cable attachment with my Sony laptop. And, 1.5 TB in a small, portable, self-powered configuration is a really cool thing. Unfortunately, the drive spontaneously disconnects and then reconnects on its own.
Summary: I feel that this drive is a blatant cashgrab by Seagate on a mediocre product. By mediocre, I mean a CHEAP plastic, easily scratchable casing, a short cable, a cable with a micro end engineered/designed to break the little USB port it connects to, and expensive accessories. The drive is OVERPRICED for this level of design. I applaud Seagate for coming out with a very large 1.5TB drive.
Summary: Like most seagate harddrives, this one has performed flawlessly and fast since installed on a USB 3.0 port with WindowsXP, 2 months ago. However, the backup software (Seagate Dashboard and Memeo) supplied with the drive never worked correctly. When Seagate customer support couldn't fix or explain the problem, they had me download Seagate Manager backup software. This, also, did not work, despite their efforts. Love the drive; so, I kept it and tossed the software.