Questions & Answers
QuestionUSB 3.0 vs 2.0Am I right? This drive comes with USB 3.0 adapter base thing and I'd need to buy an accessory to use it as USB 2.0? or does it come ready for use either way? Thanks! Jeff
- Answer The drive does come ready for USB 3.0. If your system already contains a USB 3.0 port, then it will be able to utilize that speed. If your system contains only USB 2.0 ports, the drive will run at USB 2.0 speeds since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
QuestionCan I use it for laptop?I bought this yesterday. I'm planning to use it to back up my files from my laptop and use it as external hard drive. Not open it yet. Just wondering if it is only PC desktop compatible.
- Answer I use mine on my laptop ( I have a Dell Inspiron -- Windows Vista) with no issues. Have already put about .7tb's on it.
QuestionMy PC is older and doesn't have USB 2.0. Will this external hard drive work with it?My PC is 4 years old and has the first generation USB....will your Seagate SSD external hardrive still back up my files, and if so, will it be much slower than say an older external hard drive? Thanks
- Answer Your computer's older interface will limit all USB 2 devices to USB 1.1 or older performance standards, including throughput and speed. If this is a laptop, upgrade to a modern PC. If a desktop, maybe an interface card can add USB 2.0 compatibility. But you still would run into bottlenecks in the motherboard's architecture. These considerations can result in data loss during transfers, especially of large amounts of data. Bottom line: A PC as old as 4 years is due for an upgrade. Not just for USB reasons.
QuestionCompatibility with other Seagate external storage devices.I have three Seagate GoFlex portable devices currently in use on three Windows 7 computers. Are the Expansion series compatible with GoFlex and can I read/write files between devices?
- Answer You should be able to use the Expansion with the GoFlex drives that you have within Windows 7. There are no compatibility concerns between these drives.
- Answer This is most likely possible with this brand, however, not all externals are compatible, but here is an article that will help walk you through the process IF it is going to work. http://techtips.salon.com/seagate-hard-drive-recognized-dish-dvr-21564.html
QuestionIs it compatible with Linux OS?I have several computers running different Linux releases. Is this product compatible with KDE, Ubuntu & other Linux distributions?
- Answer Virtually all external USB hard drives can be reformatted usinig Linux tools, provided you can find a driver for the drive itself. In modern Ubuntu, this is rarely a problem. KDE is just an interface, so this makes no difference whatsoever. Included software on these drives is, of course, Windows only, so the reformatting would have to start outside of you Operating System, perhaps using the Linux Live feature of the install CD or ISO burn. You would have to use backup routines or applications specific to Linux for best results. I see no hardware or firmware reason why a reasonably modern Linux distro should not be compatible with these drives, once they are reformatted from a Live CD or Linux bootable disk tools CD.
QuestionWill this drive spindown if connected to Seagate DockStarI have an earlier model of this drive (model STAC2000103), connected to a Seagate DockStar, which will spindown during periods of inactivity. I want to use this drive in the same way. Is the new model (STAC2000106) compatible with the DockStar (and PogoPlug), and will it spin down after some period of inactivity when connected to these devices?
- Answer yes
QuestionI just bought a Seagate - FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive - is it a 2.5 Amp or 1.5 Amp power supply?
- Answer Dear Valued Seagate Customer, This reply is from Seagate Support. We would like to address your question about our GoFlex Desk hard drive. The power supply specifications for this drive are 12V/2A. We have power supply information for our hard drives available on this website: http://ow.ly/9SS42 If you have any remaining questions or concerns, we would be happy to help using any of the support services we provide. Here is a web address with contact information should you wish to speak with a support representative directly. Our support is free of charge. http://ow.ly/4NgEf Best Regards, Seagate Support
- Answer Yes it is.
- Answer Unfortunately, we do not publish rotational speeds for the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk drive as there could be either a 5400 or 7200 RPM drive within the external drive case. If you wish to purchase a GoFlex drive with a 7200 RPM drive, our GoFlex Slim or GoFlex Turbo drives are guaranteed to have this drive included.