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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

  • STAC4000100
  • USB 3.0
  • 3.5"
  • 2 years limited
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  • newegg SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for Faster Performance The GoFlex Desk drive includes a USB 3.0 interface that provides up to 10x faster data transfer rates compared to USB 2.0 interfaces. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 so you have the flexibility to access files from any PC.
  • newegg Plug-and-Play with Automatic Backup Software The Seagate GoFlex's built-in backup software ensures automatic continuous backup of your data. It secures your backed-up files and protects your privacy with powerful encryption software. The Seagate Dashboard management tool software provides easy management of backup schedules, file encryption, and at-a-glance drive statistics, including available capacity.
  • newegg Access Files with the Interface of Your Choice Use the advanced USB 3.0 interface for maximum compatibility with standard desktops and laptops. USB 3.0 works with PCs equipped with a USB 3.0 port for maximum file transfer speeds, but also works with standard USB 2.0 ports. Or upgrade to FireWire 800 or powered eSATA by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable. (Upgrade cables sold separately.)
  • newegg Free Your Files With the included NTFS driver for Mac, you can now interchangeably store and access files from PC and Mac computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on your Mac computer, allowing it to access and store files in a PC-compatible format. (Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine software.)
  • newegg Enhanced Versatility is a Snap Plug-and-play connectivity options let you protect, store, and do more. The GoFlex Storage System allows you to upgrade the way you access your digital content without having to replace your drive. Upgrade cables and kits make it easy to move from USB 3.0 to eSATA or FireWire 800 for even faster transfer speeds for your large files and HD movies. Extend your digital life so you can access and share your files from anywhere.

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


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  • Thomas J.
  • 12/17/2013 2:35:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrid

Pros: None

Cons: Overheating, Chattering. Why is it vertical?

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2013 12:49:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDied after a year

Pros: Worked well enough while it actually lasted.

Cons: Died after pretty close to 1 year. I purchased two of these for different clients, and they both died within a couple of months of each other.

Other Thoughts: I've been having a lot of bad experiences with Seagate products lately. Had these two fail and one other (different line but still Seagate external drive) fail. I'll be steering clear of them from now on.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 1/30/2012 11:06:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Huge Capacity, formats to 3.63TB
Impressive speed, 111MB/s write, 169MB/s read, this is using USB 3.0

Cons: Seems to get pretty hot, idles between 44-48C, has gotten as hot as 64C when under heavy load. This is with an ambient temp between 18-21C.

Other Thoughts: Used atto to benchmark the drive.
Used Hard Disk Sentinel to record temperatures over the course of 5 weeks.

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  • Roxton B.
  • 1/20/2012 10:54:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsPoorly ventilated - runs way too hot

Pros: Works like it should, once you prevent the annoying spin-down.

Cons: The drive is mostly sealed up in its plastic case, with only small ventilation slots. So - and this will no doubt come as a stunner to the responsible Seagate engineers - it gets HOT.

Mounted in the vertical position shown, on a hard desktop, at 25 deg C ambient (77 deg F) the drive's SMART temperature is reported as 63 deg C under use.

The Seagate knowledgebase says that even their newest drives should not be allowed to exceed 60 deg C (50 deg C for older drives!). This, again, is a maxiumum - not what you are supposed to do for best lifetime, data reliability etc etc. For that the drive should obviously be at or below 50 deg C.

So as designed the drive will under normal circumstances operate beyond its ratings, which probably voids the warranty as well. The vent holes should be at least three times bigger, and there should be some on the side of the enclosure that is not protecting bare electronics.

How a company can build such an amazing piece of technology and then scre

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  • gualberto b.
  • 1/5/2012 3:58:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsfastest mechanical drive

Pros: it does what it is supposed to do.

Cons: don,t have more money to buy another one.

Other Thoughts: i bought this external hard drive and turn it into an internal hard drive following the other buyer instructions. i got windows 7 64 bit. it worked for me. my motherboard have what i needed to convert it to a gpt disk to make it work as a 4t in windows. first i crack the external casing open gently to avoid damage to hard drive, once in pc in windows go to disk management format and delete partitions until you see only to partitions then you can make a gpt partition so windows see the whole drive as one and there it is a single 4Tb internal hard drive. disk mark 173 mbs read, 173mbs write. impresive for a mechanical drive, this size.

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  • Patrick O.
  • 11/17/2011 4:45:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Huge storage and blinding speed (for an external disk). This is my first USB 3 peripheral device and I can read specs all day and know that it's fast but seeing it in action is a whole 'nother story. Transferred a 200 MB file in under 2 sec! Guess I'm just used to the 2.0 spec

Cons: Some of these reviews are a little disconcerting but I'll take my chances. Newegg's RMA process is among the best from what I hear so I'm not worried. It's only a backup drive for me

Other Thoughts: 4TB on 1 disk.....when I built my system early this year I had to RAID twin 2TB and it cost a third over what this does. Guess that's what we call progress

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  • Sean F.
  • 11/11/2011 2:52:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDied

Pros: When it worked, it worked great. Was fast (on USB3.0), and faster on SATA III

Cons: Died after about a week. Before its final death rattle, it would cause my system to "pause" every few minutes for a second or so. Available for a C note less at a well known BBig BBox store.

Other Thoughts: Returned it. Going to wait a while for Seagate to work out the QC. I had almost the same issues with a 2TB Seagate GoFlex Desk when it first came out. My current 2TB Seagate GoFlex Desk works flawlessly. I waited 6 months to repurchase the 2TB Seagate GoFlex Desk, I guess I'll wait another 6 months before I'll repurchase another 4TB version.

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  • Luke H.
  • 11/7/2011 6:59:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice hard drive

Pros: 7200rpm 4TB Barracuda XT inside
Getting 160MB/s write, 190MB/s read (connected to SATA)

Cons: Couldn't buy the drive alone

Other Thoughts: I took this out of the enclosure and formatted it GPT with one big ext4 partition under Linux. Works great so far. No idea about the enclosure itself I'm not using it.

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  • Adam N.
  • 11/6/2011 2:07:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive -- nice price

Pros: I got this drive the other day when I realized that they had been made available from Seagate. I have been waiting for nice large USB 3.0 drives to use for external backups to my Windows Home Server (2003) system.

I purchased 2 of these and plugged them in the system, expecting fully that I would have to change the partition to something and install some software to make them work on a 32bit system. This was not the case at all. The drives installed automatically, were pre-partitioned with NTFS partitions and worked 100% in WHS. I had to do nothing other than add them to the system as backup drives in the Console. They are FAST and quiet. I have very happy.

Cons: newegg almost always has the best prices, but in this case they do not. Also, why is there a 1 drive limit? I am sure in coming weeks and months, these things will change, but for now they are cons in my book and I feel it was worth mentioning here.

Other Thoughts: One final thought. For those that do not understand partitioning and how megabytes are reported in the hard drive world -- these will show up as having 3.64TB of usable storage not 4.00 as you might expect. This is due to 1TB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes based on the binary prefix method of hard drive size reporting, which has long been the tradition. Please understand this before you post this as a con.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/12/2011 6:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNonobvious errors

Pros: Worked when I first plugged it in to Ubuntu 11.04 Linux system.

Cons: Stopped working after I relabeled it with GPT labels and built an ext4 filesystem on it. I unplugged the USB cable, replugged it in, now it doesn't work. No obvious reason. It gets "Sense Key : Recovered Error" and "xhci_hcd 0000:20:00.0: WARN: Stalled endpoint" errors, and doesn't become accessible at a disk name (e.g. /dev/sdi) as it was before. It even gets these errors when plugged into an old USB2 host port - but it'll mount the drive there, and I can write files to it.

Other Thoughts: Looking forward to a reliable 4TB drive.

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