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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

  • STAC3000101
  • USB 3.0
  • 3.5"
  • 2 years limited
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  • newegg USB 3.0 Interface SuperSpeed USB 3.0 delivers up to 5Gbps bandwidth which is around 10 times the bandwidth of the current USB 2.0, allowing for ultra-fast transfers of high definition movies and videos, as well as various other large capacity file formats. USB 3.0 drive is also backward compatible with PC’s USB 2.0 ports.
  • newegg Automatic Backup The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external drive offers automatic, continuous backup of your data, and secures your backed up files to protect your privacy with powerful encryption software. Included Seagate Dashboard management tool allows for easy management of backup schedules, file encryption, and at–a–glance drive statistics.
  • newegg Works Interchangeably on both PC and Mac Whether you have a PC or a Mac computer–or if you go back and forth between the two – you can access and save files on the same portable hard drive anytime without reformatting. (Reformatting to HFS+ is required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine software.)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • ABIEZER V.
  • 5/14/2013 7:45:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsREVIEW

Pros: Good Brand/Good Drive

Cons: The port for the seagate hard drive mount is held by what appears to be glue at best. It's been just over 2 years so my manufacturer's warranty is out the window. Thankfully I paid for the extended warranty.

Other Thoughts: Other than the cheap and poorly constructed mount I don't have a problem with the product. The itself drive works great.

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  • Wade H.
  • 5/4/2013 7:27:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFails when using USB 3.0

Pros: USB 2.0 works
3TB

Cons: USB 3.0 fails after moments of transferring

Other Thoughts: See other reviews here and other places. If you connect to a USB 3.0 port, you have a very high chance of transfer failure.

This is basically an expensive USB 2.0 case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2012 3:35:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI have 6 of these...

Pros: I love these drives! I have 6 of them and have had no issue with them at all. They are faster than the dickens for the USB 3.0. I had nothing but problems on Widnows 7 with WD drives, they just didn't work right. So abandoned them and went Seagate. So glad I did. Seagate is on top again in my books!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The new 3 and 4 tb's are smokin' I have 1 of those so far. Way faster than even these. The on;ly con is they keep going up in price instead of down like they did for a while there.

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  • Bryan N.
  • 5/29/2012 1:26:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied and RMA issues

Pros: Large amount of disk space.

Cons: Died within a year of use. Tried to RMA it through Seagate's website but the RMA process doesn't seem to be working and the SeaTools program requires the drive to be functioning in order to pull serial information from it. Kinda hard to use their recommended troubleshooter when the drive won't start.

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  • Sachin D.
  • 5/14/2012 7:31:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy it if you plan to copy large amounts of data

Pros: Didn't have it long enough to check out pros other than the fact that it is quiet, and works right out of the box.

Cons: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
I ordered this 3TB hard drive for backing up data from my desktop. One of the disks has >500 GB data, and the other has about 700 GB. I have tried twice to copy the data from C drive to the external drive, and on both occasions, the drive managed to transfer 55GB and then froze (the transfer; the drive itself sounded like it was spinning). It also made the computer unresponsive, as it kept popping up drive write failure messages, and prevented me from using even ctl+alt+del to restart the comp.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2011 12:31:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT purchase this drive.

Pros: With the ludicrously inflated prices lately, none whatsoever.

Cons: Mechanical drive failure after 5 days of use. 10 seconds of clicking and then spins down, does not read at all. Enclosure functions fine, it is the drive itself that has failed. Data not recoverable by any means short of a platter transplant.

Other Thoughts: I have owned a myriad of seagate drives in the past that still function just as well as the day I bought them, but that was years ago. They've clearly transitioned to a vastly inferior manufacturing contractor and have no intention of correcting this long standing quality control problem as evidenced by their support forums. Unfortunately it seems this problem is not isolated to seagate, as large 2TB+ hard drives from manufacturers across the board have astonishingly high catastrophic failure rates... so it's unclear what to do about this at the moment other than keep half a dozen backups of everything and pray.

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  • Robert B.
  • 12/7/2011 9:24:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Component for External Drive Backup System

Pros: The drive was recognized on USB 2.0 without a hitch. I then moved, in case I wanted it in the future, all included software to disk, making GoFlex a clean, simple external drive. All worked flawlessly. Then installed a SYBA USB 3.0 3+1 card on Win 7 64 system with P6TD motherboard. I use this drive as backup only with Acronis Disk Director 11 and True Image Home 2010 software. All is working very well with quiet, fast and minimal heat buildup operation.

Cons: There is no on/off switch. Not a big problem, just have to get used to shutting it down on the USB side and unplugging the power supply. Could use a bit more clarity on included Seagate Dashboard software - I was afraid to try it.

Other Thoughts: Hope the Thailand flooding problem goes away fast so big hard drive market becomes competitive soon and prices drop correspondingly. If the price were lower I would buy another of these.

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  • Mark M.
  • 12/6/2011 9:39:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMac Users BEWARE

Pros: It makes a GREAT paperweight.

Cons: Is NOT compatible with Macs... PERIOD.

Other Thoughts: I won't enumerate the myriad issues with this drive on Mac systems. Check the blogosphere... Seagate websites and online retailers. There are thousands of disappointed, angry Mac users who have pleaded with Seagate to intervene and make these drive compatible with Mac systems. Seagate continually balks at addressing the problem yet continues to advertise these drives as Mac-compatible. Shame on you, Seagate! You can learn a lesson from Western Digital.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/12/2011 11:05:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drives, Warranty, Support

Pros: Fantastic Drives. Work fine on USB3 and USB2, with hubs (though not recommended I do it anyway on some), direct, etc.

Every Drive I've ordered came complete with drive, usb3-attached-dock/base, power cable connection AND USB3 CABLE!! (most recent purchase end of July 2011)

Great Warranty, fantastic seagate support on return issue with my one drive failure. Smart drive info gave me time to back-up the data prior to failure fortunately so nothing essential was lost.

Overall, you can't beat the price or the performance. Get twice what you think you need and mirror your drives. Then failure is not an issue.

Cons: Warranties are calculated based upon manufacture date instead of purchase date. I've found this trend to now be true of all manufacturers, not just Seagate, so not a real Con, just an observation.

Still, with a TWO YEAR WARRANTY on these drives, it still beats the competition, most of whom only provide a 1 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: I have an even dozen of these now and they are in use 24/7. I've had only 1 failure so far and as less than the TWO YEAR warranty period, Seagate promptly replaced it with shipping both ways for TEN BUCKS. You can't beat their support.
It helps to be polite and respectful when talking to tech support.
Proper configuration for the power management is easy, mine are set to always on, without the cache so in the event of a failure I dont mess up the drive.
Further, Whenever i do a system shutdown (almost never) I unmount all the drives first. (disconnect/shutdown drives using the safely remove hardware and eject media US management in taskbar)
Used with Windows 7 primarily however I do use other os's on the fly, XP, Linux (Vinux, Mint and Ubuntu).
Based on the previous reviews, I'd imagine many of the problems users experienced may be due to improper disconnect from time to time and/or power issues going through hubs where the hub fails or sleep mode (never enabled for me).

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  • Mike R.
  • 11/1/2011 11:11:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: I just bought this drive to use as an internal drive, since 3tb internal drives are crazy expensive right now. Upon opening it up, I found a seagate barracuda XT 7200rpm drive!! Awesome!

Cons: Kindof annoying to open up if you ever want to swap out the drive with another one..

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