- Simple add-on storage for your DVR to instantly add more recording hours
- Capture long sporting events or archive seasons of your favorite TV shows and movies
- Whisper-quiet and cool operation
3/4 of a GoFlex drive in disguise 01/31/2014
This review is from: Seagate 500GB SATA DVR Expander STAP500403
Purchased to use as an external drive
The listing is somewhat misleading. It does not come with any interface cable at all, just a SATA connection that is deeply recessed. Upon further examination the pictures show you exactly what you get. It would have been useful to see the underside of the device in a picture that would have clearly labeled this device as a GoFlex drive.
The back of the drive is labeled with a sticker that refers to the item as a GoFlex DVR drive. In order to make it useful you have to purchase an "Upgrade Cable -- USB 3.0/2.0" for an additional $19.99 (Model Number STAE104) through the Seagate website. The cable is out of stock at Newegg.
Fortunately for me, I had purchased the cable to upgrade another GoFlex drive from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 and kept the old cable around.
The device was not formatted for Windows, rather some kind of proprietary format for use with a DVR. It was easy enough to reformat the device in Windows.
For another five dollars you're better off getting a 1 TB external drive, but if you had the interface laying around then getting a 500 GB drive for the sale price was a bargain.
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