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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Reliable 2TB Storage for Home Office/Small Busine

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    This is a quality drive by Seagate, and will work well depending on its implementation. I have a Mac (recently updated to Lion) and PC environment where this drive is used as a NAS, connected to my router via the USB interface. Thanks to the UPNP server function on the router (Cisco E-4200 series) I can stream media from this drive to all of my network devices. So, applications like iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie can access this drive as local storage on the physical machine. The same is true for the PS3 and Windows PCs. Setup was a snap! I simply plugged the drive into the router and I instantly had a FULL 2TBs of space to facilitate network storage and backups. It is important to mention that I did not use any software that came with drive to manage access to the drive or backups. On the Macs, I use the built-in Time Machine & the PCs are managed using Windows 7 backup utility. For redundancy, I use two smaller (1TB) seagate drives strictly for backups. Performance is excellent. I created shares on the drive and assigned permissions to those directories based on the user. I have up to 10 machines accessing this drive at one time via the network and there is no latency or bottleneck when streaming video/music, nor when retrieving files. The drive is also surprisingly quiet. Every once in a while I can hear it "spin up" during the directory check/volume scan. However, that is only when I am sitting directly next to the drive and it is not very loud at all. I took advantage of a promotion at Best Buy that featured this 2TB drive for only $89, which is a steal for the amount of storage. Many of the reviews for this hard drive's previous model discouraged me from buying one, and as a result I was forced to use smaller Seagate externals for backups. That being said, I was very skeptical about purchasing this one, but I took the chance and I can say I'm glad I did. This drive is an improved version of its predecessor which had a ton of compatibility issues with the Mac OS and did not work very well with Windows due to the firmware that controls how the behaves in "sleep mode". Uncharacteristic of Seagate in my opinion. However, they seemed to have remediated those issues and created a solid product. If you are planning to connect this drive directly to your computer, I would suggest using built-in OS software to manage the drive. This will, of course, depend on the desired use for the owner, but third party applications do not always produce the desired result. Even when they are provided by the vendor.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Limited capabilities of bundled backup software

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    If you like more control of your backups, be aware that the backup software that comes with this drive has a pre-set list of the files it backs up called "Instant Backup". In order to back up by folder and file type you need the customizable backup called "Premium Backup" which can be upgraded to for an additional $49.99. See the following link for a comparison of features: http://www.memeo.com/choose_backup.php

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Drive's software has conflict with the apple OS.

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    I purchased this drive to back up my imac using time machine. the set up was easy but the unit had a conflict with the operating system and kept crashing the Finder. After doing some research I found an upgrade for the software which corrected the conflict that it had with the sleep mode on the computer. The unit works fine now but I wish they had corrected this before selling the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The 'I love to hate it' drive

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    I love this drive, it is 2 terabytes. When I went to purchase it, there was a $10 difference between 1TB and 2TB. BestBuy had an excellent deal on this at the time. My first impressions were that the base of the unit is terrible in design. I blamed the base for most of my problems.. like it would shut off, if I dropped a pencil on my desk (no kidding). I thought the base was the downfall for over a month. First I thought it was the base, Then I thought it was the power connector wiggling loose. I super-glued (nonconductive) the connectors to the base cause originally the USB3 connector WOULD fall out of the socket. Though it it wasn't till tonight, that I discovered, it is actually the USB3 cable itself that comes with it. There is a short where the flex molding is. So I'm gonna order a new cable and should be good to go. It works on Mac, but I highly suggest you get a copy of Keep It Spinning off the net, and set it to 25-45 second range. This will prevent your drive from going to sleep, and dismounting, which is annoying. This is the first External drive that I've bought, where I've actually considered buying ANOTHER external enclosure. As of right now, I have the usb 3 cord, ziptied in a loop to keep the drive connected. Like I said, I bought this end of december 2011 (and its february now). This is my first external Seagate. I normally use Western Digital or LaCie.. I have considered writing Seagate and asking for a replacement. shall see :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    behaves well, most of the time...

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    After filling up my Macbook's hard drive, I bought a Pogoplug and this 2Tb external drive to handle the brunt of my storage. After having the hard drive for 3 weeks, I have had two situations where I had to reboot the drive and the pogoplug. I am unsure if it is the "sleep" issue (mentioned above) or if it is a pogoplug/router communication problem. For 2Tb of space, it is a well priced device...as long as it works like it should.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Huge fan of GoFlex

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    I am a huge fan of the GoFlex series. I am a video editor, and it makes it really easy for me to just pop in and out hard drives while leave the base and cabling all in place. Works great like any other hard drive, no flaws. I do wish they were a little more resilient. I dropped one once, and it damage some internal parts, and all the data on that hard drive is lost now. This is no different than any other hard drive, but since they are made to be changed easily, I wish the casing provided a little more shock protection. I also wish that it was possible just to buy the hard drive at a cheaper price. I have more bases than I know what to do with since I usually only use 2 hard drives at a time, and I have purchased about 4 of these at least.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Worked initially then stopped working

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    The Seagate external hard drive worked very well initially. I was able to easily copy data from two PCs onto it. I was able to create folders on the drive and add additional files to it. I also ran a backup using the included Memeo Software - which I didn't really like. Then - when I tried to use it again, neither computer could "see" the external drive. No drive letter appeared in Windows Explorer / My Computer. I tried all of the USB ports on multiple computers. Removed other USB items (printers) to see if there was a conflict. I had a couple of IT guys look at it also with no luck. The Seagate software kept telling me to connect a device. I downloaded Sea Tools software from Seagate to analyze the drive but it couldn't find/see the drive either. I have recently shipped the drive back to Seagate hopefully obeying their multi page instructions for shipment -- looks like anything at all will void the warranty which is a concern to me. It looks like they look for any excuse whatsoever to wiggle out from under the warranty. I'm very glad that I did not delete any files from either PC because they would be lost. This makes me quite uncertain regarding how to safely back up data since it can be so easily lost. Looking on the internet, apparently my problem with the Seagate external drive is not rare at all. I'm surprised that they have not done anything about it yet and/or would be easier to work with in exchanging the item. I'll likely be looking for a more reliable product in the future depending on the outcome at Seagate. I'm willing to pay more for an external drive that has a certainty of working. You need to feel comfortable that the data you copied on to it is safe and recoverable years out. Right now I would question any and all Seagate products. Thanks much -- Paul

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Don't use this with a Mac

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    Ignore the BS on the box about "Mac compatible". I bought 2 of these drives - one for iTunes/photo storage and one for backup - they go to sleep and when the OS (Lion) tries to access them it hangs and requires a hard (i.e. power switch) reset. No combination of sleep settings, reformatting , Seagate utility installation, etc. will fix. This is a well documented problem (wish I had done the research before purchase) that has been ongoing for months. I purchases a couple of WD MyBook LX units and they work fine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I would not recommend this.

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    I used the harddrive twice before it failed. I had 50 GB of pictures, videos and music on it. Not only do I have to replace the harddrive, but I have to reclaim my lost files. The software to do this costs $99. So, this was not a good deal!!! I hve used computers for about thirty years. In that time I hvae lost two hardrives. They were both worn out. I hvae never had a hardrive fail after two uses.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Don't bother

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    Seagate drives in the 80s and 90s were garbage. I figured I'd give them a try again. Unfortunately, nothing's changed. Every time my Windows 7 machine goes to sleep, the drive does also and won't wake back up. I have to cycle the power on it. My first call to tech support I was told to go into the dashboard and turn the sleep off on the Seagate Drive. Didn't work. My second call to tech support I was told to turn the sleep mode off on my computer. Now that's just stupid. It defeats the entire purpose. This drive cannot be used for the purpose intended. (Backup and storage). By the way, my searched on the internet showed hundreds of people with the same problem and no solution. The unit is going back to the store. As far as I'm concerned it's defective design.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Software problems

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    I bought this external hard drive to backup all my files on a continuous basis. The reason for the low marks is due to the vendor backup GOFLEX software that came with the product. The program has a pre-set list of the files it backs up called "Instant Backup", which are on the internal drives. I read that if I wanted to back up other folders on other external drives to this that I needed to purchase an upgrade on the Memeo software package "Premium Backup" costing an additional $49.99. Waste of money, so I hand to manually transfer those other drives to the "2 Terabyte" drive, but when I looked at true storage capacity it reads 1.8 T. I haven't had this product long enough to recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works nice... for a month.

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    I picked this up because I needed some extra space. It looked amazing for the price. (I wasn't going to pass up 2TB for under $100) after I had this product running for about a month or two it started to act funny. Ie: my computer saying "cannot recognize device", or sometimes it didn't start up at all when I attempted to use it. The symptoms gradually got worse over time. I decided to try and cut down on my usage in a vain attempt to keep the drive "alive" and preserve my data until I could purchase another drive. Alas, it is now completely non-responsive. I thought external drives were meant to make me feel secure about my data, not paranoid that my drive will brick because it feels like it. I literally made an account here (at Bestbuy.com) so I could say this: "Do not buy this product. If you feel compelled to buy it anyway, just delete the data you want to put on it (because it will happen anyway) and save yourself 90 bucks."

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    2 tb hard drive

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    Id buy again but it does need a power button, fast usb 3.0 transfer/backup, plugged in was found in seconds and ready to go

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great performance on a Mac, but ...

    Posted .

    Excellent value @ $89 promo. It serves as the startup disk on an iMac and as reported there is a software glitch in sleep mode. Easy fix: open system preferences and set hard drive to not sleep. Yeah, more wear on the drive but I swap them out every other year anyway. Two years from now we'll get 4TB for the same price!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice external hard drive

    Posted .

    I had purchased this device about a month ago and have used it quite a bit. I have put about .7gb's of movies on it and works great with my PC. It does say its compatible with mac but don't have one so can't vouch for that. The hard drive is nice it does support usb 2.0 and 3.0 and easily installation and easy setup for auto-backups. It has came unplugged in middle of transfers and deleted before(dogs pulled the cord out) and didn't damage the hard drive. Good and very solid device. I also like the size of it since it can stand up or lay on its side. I will also update if anything happens with the device but I don't expect it to happen!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not Meant For Continuous Use...

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    This device is good if you don't plan on using it constantly. I don't mean long run, I mean as a full time drive. I run my iTunes Library on it with my Mac. I installed the software and even formatted it directly for Mac Use Only. Unfortunately this HDD likes to lock itself and I have to constantly Eject it from my machine and reconnecting it. Once it locks, the files on the drive are inaccessible and it's a big inconvenience when I use my library all the time to run my Home Sharing... I'm going back to Western Digital, I didn't have any problems with those drives. (Even though I got this GoFlex on sale... I got what I paid for... I'm returning it.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    2 tb hard drive USB connector

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    I purchased this 2 tb hard drive to be connected via USB to my Apple airport express router, my 5 pcs Windows 7 connected to the router via USB or wi-fi never saw it, I was told to format the drive NTFS first and then FAT 32. I contacted Seagate technical support they were not help, I contacted Apple technical support and was charged $50.00 US so the computers aknowledged there was an external hard drive in the network, now I can't transfer data to the hard drive, because FAT 32 only accepts low data amounts, the hard drive just sits there empty because I am not able to get information out of anyone to solve my problem

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awful hard drive

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    I have been saving my pix on CDs for over 10 yrs. They were getting scratched so I decided on a hard drive. I had it for 3 weeks turned it on one night showed my neice some videos and pictures the next day it would not power up. I hoped it was just the power supply cause I had over 50.000 pictures on there it took me 2 weeks to do. I brought it to best buy it was not the power supply is was just broke and I was told they got a lot of returns for this reason on this brand so I got a new brand and had to start over, but it's been about 2 weeks so far so good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    So far so good.

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    It works and was easy to set up and install. Sorry but I am a woman of few words, it works as advertised, was a good price and eqsy to set up. What more can I say?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Don't buy for a Mac

    Posted .

    Do not buy this product if you plan on using it on your Mac. It constantly dismounts at random causing all sorts of havoc. Seagates own support is peppered with complaints and they have no response other than that it's not Seagates problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend