Seagate - FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 2.0/3.0 Hard Drive - Black
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- Internal or ExternalExternal
- Drive Capacity2TB
- Drive ConnectivityUSB 3.0 and USB 2.0
- Rotation Speed7200 RPM
- Cache Buffer Size32MB
- System RequirementsPC: Windows 7, Vista, XP; Mac: OS X 10.4.6 or higher, 10.5, 10.6
- Color CategoryBlack
- Portable or DesktopDesktop
Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 124 reviews(124 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Works great on my mac!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've been reading alot of bad reviews about using this particular HD with macs and time machine. I was skeptical at first but I went ahead and gave it a try since bestbuy offers a 30 day return policy. First of all, everytime I buy a new internal/external HD I always reformat it. As soon as I got home I formatted to mac journal since thats all I have at home, and sync with time machine. Since then it has been working great. All these complains about going to sleep mode, freezing, not working with time machine, are probably due to the software that seagate preloads on the partition. Also as far as your data being lost or destroyed never rely all your information on one HD. Its called a back up but you must also have your orignal files stored on your main HD. If the HD is being used as for extra space, then buy another HD and use that as a "backup". Other than that, Ive had this HD for about 1 month and so far it is working great. Seagate does give you a 2 year warranty if indeed bricks, or no longer works.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Great value but poor performancePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this HDD for $89 on Black Friday on my trip to the US. It is a lot of space for its price. What I love about it is very quiet. In fact too quiet that I can't really tell if it is working or not without trying to write to it. This is a point over Western Digitals which are very noisy. What I don't like about it is the performance. It seems very slow. It takes forever when I need to copy something to it, but for that price I can't really complain. Also the LEDs are not labeled and I only see one or two that go on, so you can't really tell what's going on. I've only had it for less than a month so it is too early to say if it is reliable or not.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Real disappointment for use with Mac Time MachinePosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Note: Primary use is for iMac (OS X 10.6.6) - Time Machine; I bought this drive one week ago and was eager to try a new Seagate product. I had great experiences in the past with Seagate internal drives and was expecting the same this time. The product was up and running in no time. It did install a driver/diagnostic tools specific for this drive but is all took about 20 minutes to get the drive up and running. The first back up went great and I thought I wouldn't have to worry about it going forward. Then the drive, without any clear reason, would become inaccessible and wouldn't remount. The diagnostics software from Seagate would say the drive wasn't connected and the only thing that seemed to work was shutting down the machine, unplug the Mac and restart it. Sometimes just undocking the drive was enough for it to become visible again. The drive frequently hung up time machine and froze my mac. After 6 days and a back up every hour, the machine had recorded 5 back ups, the rest failed. Whenever the diagnostics software was able to see the drive it couldn't find any errors, if it couldn't see the drive that was the only status it reported. I checked online and support chat was available but inaccessible, I didn't find a number quickly enough and the support forums with a post describing a very similar problem were answered with a very defensive response from Seagate. At this point I decided to return the drive and go back to WD. My current WD is performing well but only has 150 GB. I could have given support more time or attention and they might have fixed the issue but I decided to cut my losses. I realize that this might be a mac only issue.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Should have feet on long side!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I move this from computer to computer and because the feet are on the narrow side it is easy to tip over. It even seems a little top heavy since I have tipped it over twice with very little bumps. I will be much more careful now or just make a cradle to set it on the long edge instead. It was easy to set up, just plug it in and it goes. I can't comment on the Seagate software because I reformatted it right away. I don't need the automatic stuff. I do like that it comes pre-formatted and ready to use. I have had to format many 1 and 2 terrabyte drives and it takes forever! I plugged it into a USB 3 port and transferred hundreds of gigabytes of HD video in a reasonable amount of time. Comes with a USB 3 cord so I did not have to buy one. Also works fine with my laptop and regular USB 2. Other than being tippy I have no complaints.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Drive with decent speed (with USB3)Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Bought this drive at a crazy low price not expecting too much. Connected to USB3 this drive is real fast. I have 3 of them and use 2 for archiving data and one for secondary storage. The 2 year warranty stinks, compared to the 5 year warranty that seagate used to offer on most stuff. As far as the posts about not relying on the drive with your data. You should never store your data in only one place. the beauty of exernal drives is that you can make a backup copy for disaster recovery and/or data restore. All HD's have gotten cheaper and lost reliability in last few years but with the cheaper prices, just put your data in more than one place to ensure you will always have it safe.. This drive is perfect for that purpose!!!!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice drive with awful softwarePosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This drive installed without any trouble and has worked great for me for the past several months. It does seem a little slow to me (Pinnacle Studio says that read/write speeds are about 20MB/s, which is pretty good for an external drive). However, the backup software (Memeo instant backup) that comes with the drive is very disappointing. The only mode of operation is always on and continuously backing up, so it is constantly interfering with programs and causing them to give "file locked or read-only" errors. It also slows down the system a fair amount. I went with Seagate because they bought Maxtor, which used to have great backup software, but this program is horrible. I'm afraid I'll have to find some kind of third party software, which will cost almost as much as the drive cost. Also worth mentioning that the drive seems to work when laying on its side, but it isn't really designed for it so it seems a little unstable. Also, there is no on-off switch, the drive is always on and seems to even run when the computer is off, although maybe it shuts off eventually.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Works great for mePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've never left comments about any item I purchased online, except for on eBay. I felt the need to leave this comment because I believe this product is getting a very bad review. I used this drive for about 6-8 months(Date of review 7-7-11). I haven't had one issue. Like most reviews the price was a steal. So i purchased it. I havent had one glitch as of yet. I first used this drive on a pc that was 5 or 6 years old, that I periodically updated the parts and still had no issues. I built a new PC and i'm utilizing the USB 3.0 and it's a big improvement. I've seen reviews how this drive runs hot, mine has not had that issue at all. And this drives is in use for about 16-20hrs A DAY!! If you have a PC get it. Most the complaints seem to be from Mac owners. So if you have a Mac, i wouldn't suggest since most of the bad reviews are from Mac owners.
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
2TB Paper WeightPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I also was really excited about this drive as it worked fantastic right out of the box. I setup Time Machine with a couple of clicks. That's where the fun stopped. Unfortunately the drive has a cool sleep "feature" which essentially turns the drive off and un-mounts it. From that moment forward you need to restart the drive anytime you need to use it. Restarting requires unplugging it from the wall and then plugging it back in. Translation - does not work with Time Machine or Mac. Their support apparently realizes this is an issue and has a work around piece of software which will supposedly correct this. After having successfully installed this software it still un-mounts and goes to sleep just as before. Tech support costs $15 per call. I would rather invest my $15 in a another drive than to hope that they have US based tech support that can actually fix the problem. I just don't think I should have to pay for support on a new drive for a known problem that has not been properly addressed.