Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB (STAC3000100 /STAC3000201)
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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk
19 April 2014
Summary: The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is the largest single-volume external hard drive on the market and has arguably the best combination of design, performance, and storage capacity.
Cons: Out of the box, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk has only a USB 2.0 connection; other connection adapters cost extra. The drive topples easily when used in the intended vertical position, and it runs rather hot.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB external hard drive
8 June 2011
Summary: The Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent Desk costs Rs. 8,800. It does give a decent performance. Users wanting to buy this drive should more or less use it as a desk-based external drive with partial portability. Overall, we’d love to see a price drop for the 3TB drive – who wouldn’t – but the drive is definitely a good buy.
Excerpt: The Good Upgradeable to faster storage standards. Good pricing. GoFlex TV: wide standard and service support. GoFlex Net: Pogoplug software. GoFlex Desk: 3TB, quiet. The Bad GoFlex adapters are proprietary and expensive. GoFlex TV interface, features now very typical. GoFlex Desk's automated Windows backup app isn't free. 3TB needs a newer OS and firmware, or special support.
Pros: Upgradeable to faster storage standards., Good pricing., GoFlex TV: wide standard and service support., GoFlex Net: Pogoplug software., GoFlex Desk: 3TB, quiet.
Cons: GoFlex adapters are proprietary and expensive., GoFlex TV interface, features now very typical., GoFlex Desk's automated Windows backup app isn't free., 3TB needs a newer OS and firmware, or special support.
Summary: This is a solid desktop drive that is as customizable as the portable GoFlex. Its stellar performance is thanks to its denser platters and USB 3.0 adapter but it is a shame it comes with a two year warranty.
Pros: Quick and easy upgradeability, Portable yet stable design, Nice long cables, Software is preloaded on the drive, no need of CD/DVD to install it, Seamless automatic data backup options, Seagate XT 3TB drive inside
Cons: Proprietary cable means expensive cable replacement, No active cooling and not much vents, Drive runs bloody HOT after extended use, Only 2 years of warranty, Replacing hard drive will be difficult, No power on / off switch for drive
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB External Hard Drive
3 August 2010
Summary: The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB external hard drive performs close to the limit of USB 2.0. This drive can be used with systems today, and when you are ready to jump to USB 3.0 the speed will increase dramatically with no need to change drives or transfer your data. If you're ready for USB 3.0 performance now, Seagate offers a kit to make things very easy.
Pros: » Future proof, » 3TB of storage in a single drive design, » Fast transfer rates, » PC/MAC compatible, » 2 year warranty, » Includes back-up software with encryption capabilities
Cons: » Need to purchase separate connection adapters, » Have to carry cables and adapters for different scenarios, » Adapter kits can be costly ($39.99 and higher), » No AES encryption, » Limited back-up software included
Excerpt: Seagate’s GoFlex drive has an unusual two-part design that consists of the main drive unit and a separate ‘desk adaptor’ that houses its USB 3.0 interface and also acts as a stand for the drive. The idea is that you can buy a different adaptor if you need to – perhaps one with a FireWire adaptor for a Mac . You can also buy the drives on their own at a slightly lower price, then simply connect each drive to the adaptor as required.