Summary: The product works great although it doesn't support USB 3.0 so it's transfer speed isn't quite as much as it could be. Was used to back up a hard drive on a Windows PC, although it says it's for Mac. This allows file transfer between both types of operating systems.
Summary: I prefer fire wire but as they are harder to get i decided to go usb it's slow but works. takes about 15 mins longer to back up my laptop then my firewire one does but in a pinch a backup is better then no computer at all. they need to bring back firewire big time it's the best and this beats any cloud any time anywhere hands down.
Summary: For Mac, I would love to see an archival tool. Think about this: Time Machine only does snapshots of data, so what about users who have many more GB of data than what a Mac Air is capable of storing? With Backup Plus, I am doing Time Machine plus manual archival of data... not practical or efficient for regular users. Therefore, my rating is neutral.
Summary: I scoured all over the Internet to try and find information on whether the 500 GB version was a 7200 rpm hard drive before buying this. I noticed the newer version of the 500 GB GoFlex Slim mentioned nothing about being a 7200 rpm hard drive (STCD500100). However, for this version (STBE500100) I carefully checked on Seagate's own website and it did in fact say that it was a 7200 rpm hard drive.
Summary: I like the size (GB and footprint) of the drive for the price, I was able to partition it for Time Machine and HD space easily, and it gets the job done. My only complaint is that when it turns on to backup it makes a noticeably grinding noise. I can hear it working and sometimes at night it scares me because it can get loud. But other than that- it fits my purposes.
Summary: Mine stopped working the night I received it.. amazon was great about paying for return shipping and they offered to replace it. I ended up taking a refund because I realized Norton Security had taken up over 14 GB of space on my computer and once I fixed that problem I didn't need the external hard drive.
Summary: The hard drive itself works flawlessly, but not until after I voided my warranty by removing it from the external case and putting it in my esata raid tower. If you own a Mac you may want to do something similar. The base you plug into causes problems because of Seagates sub-formating in it that they use to show that it's a GoFlex drive when you plug it in. If you use Disc Utilities and verify the disc it will give you an error message that cannot be corrected.
Summary: I recently got a portable external drive from Seagate which I am happy with, so decided to get another to replace my main external drive for my Mac Mini. The 2 TB GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 comes with an NTFS driver for Mac, so that the drive can be read/written by both Mac and PC. I thought this was a good idea, since I might need to read it from a PC sometime in the future. With the NTFS driver installed, I started transferring data from my old external drive.