Summary: I purchased this drive for use with a Macbook Pro as an added FAST transfer external storage. When I connected with the included FIREWIRE attachment, the drive did not function. I then tried the included USB 2.0 adapter and the drive fired up! While the drive functions w/USB, it is NOT the transfer speed I wanted for this purchase. I am most displeased and would return it if Amazon showed the order (only a 2009 purchase shows for my order history)I placed in July 2012!!!
Summary: the firewire 800 cable shipped with this unit does not fit in my 2008 macbook pro (other firewire 800 cables work with no problem, but i can't use any of them because of the connector). given that a few reviews had mentioned that one needs to use the mac-specific firewire 800 cable in combination with this drive, this was surprising and unacceptable.
Summary: I formatted the drive for use with Mac but every time I start to Shut Down or Restart the Mac hangs up and I'm forced to hold down the Mac power button to proceed. The only way to resolve the issue is to Eject the Seagate drive and unplug it from the iMac. Cannot recommend this product for those with a Mac.
Summary: The advertised "Dashboard" management tool software is only included on a 30-day trial. The include software is so limited that it will only recognize the C: drive. My pc, and possibly other peoples pc's, has dual drives. I have a SSD for C: where Win7 is loaded and all of my data is on a different drive.
Summary: The drive is mostly sealed up in its plastic case, with only small ventilation slots. So - and this will no doubt come as a stunner to the responsible Seagate engineers - it gets HOT. Mounted in the vertical position shown, on a hard desktop, at 25 deg C ambient (77 deg F) the drive's SMART temperature is reported as 63 deg C under use. The Seagate knowledgebase says that even their newest drives should not be allowed to exceed 60 deg C (50 deg C for older drives!).
Good price 2TB External Hard Drive but High tempreture problem
Ayied Tamimi, Amazon
11 December 2011
Summary: I bought a similar hard disk from Costco but USB 3.0 base was fixed on the hard disk. PROS: + Very good price: $129.99 + Worked perfect with Nintendo Wii 4.3 (NTFS Format) + Automatically turned off when I turn of the computer or Wii console. I owned this hard disk for two weeks and it is working without any problems so far. Update: December 11, 2011 I noticed this hard drive run under high tempreture after using it for couple of hours.
Summary: Hello, I bought this yesterday and am having trouble getting it to play nice with my Mac. I have: PowerBook G4 (PowerPC chip) Running 10.4.11 I have a Mac version of this drive and it works just fine (2.7TB recognized) I bought this drive, attached a firewire 800 to it and my Mac mounts the drive but says it can't use it. I opened disk utility and tried to reformat it following these instrucitons: [...] But to avail.
Doesn't work with 64 bit Windows 7 "System Image" or File Explorer
Fakher Halim, Amazon
20 October 2011
Summary: The reason I bought was to backup the image of my boot drive (64 bit Windows 7). However, those utilities hang up because they use NTFS 512 byte logical sector and this device only supports 4K byte physical/logical sectors. It doesn't even emulate 512 byte sector (512e) which is supported by Microsoft. I tried to format it with Windows 7 tools, but despite apparent success, it always hangs up the Windows after about 5 minutes -- very frustrating.
Summary: I am reviewing the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk v 2.0 2 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive - STAC2000106 (Black) and no other option. I've had success with other Seagate hard drives, but would not recommend this product. As a drive which uses the USB 3.0 transfer speed, hooray, but for other options, I'm not impressed. Because I'd read about problems with Mac computers, I decided to simply reformat the drive and forego the option of using it on either a Mac or PC.
Summary: The included Firewire 800 interface is flakey. The firewire cable is attached to the interface itself, and after several months of usage something internally in the cable must of gotten damaged/stretched and now the connection to the hard drive cuts out often. Since the cable is attached to the interface, you can't just replace the $3 cable and solve your problem, you have to get another interface/get a warranty repair.