Inside the Box: GoFlex Desk external drive formatted for Mac, GoFlex Desk FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter base with capacity gauge, 5-foot FireWire 800 cable, 5-foot USB 2.0 cable, power supply, quick start guide
A Mac ready solution with FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Time Machine software compatibility that can be used interchangeably with a PC. The GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive delivers high-capacity storage and Time Machine software compatibility to backup all of your files. Since the drive is formatted for Mac computers out of the box, it takes full advantage of all the tools the operating system has to offer. With up to 3TB of storage, plug-and-play FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity the GoFlex Desk for Mac drive is a perfect way to maximize capacity and interface speeds for Mac computers. The included FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter makes it easy to connect your Mac or PC computer and includes an integrated storage capacity gauge. Take advantage of the drive's versatile design, and get up to 20x faster transfer speeds by pairing the drive with the Thunderbolt adapter upgrade or up to 10x faster speeds with the USB 3.0 desktop adapter. The drive can also be used interchangeably with both Mac and PC computers without reformatting by installing the downloadable HFS+ driver on the PC. This is the perfect solution for primarily Mac computer users who still regularly utilize a PC without any program limitation or file size restrictions.
3 year limited
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
TL;DR (Too long; Didn't read): AVOID THIS DRIVE.
I'm an editor and bought the 4TB version of this drive to backup all my internal and external drives. This is my fourth external Seagate drive, none of which I have ever had a problem with. I have three of my drives daisy-chained through FireWire, which is plenty fast to access video files for editing. The drive comes with the FW800/USB2 base, which has two FireWire 800 ports (for daisy-chaining) and one USB2 port. You also get a FW800 cable, USB cable, and power supply. The FW800/USB2 base is, of course detachable, and as of now can be swapped out for a USB3 base. Seagate mentions that the drive is "upgradeable to Thunderbolt," however at this time, no such Thunderbolt base exists.
The renderings on Seagate's website and Amazon don't do the drive justice. It's very beautiful in person. The silver accent down the top and middle looks great, the soft-touch black finish feels high quality, and the drive has a good...
ORIGINAL REVIEW (ONE STAR):
Like many others on here, I don't normally write reviews, but I had to for this one.
I should have taken the other reviews more seriously. There were multiple warnings that this drive doesn't work well with Macs even though it is advertised as such. I figured with a little sleuthing I could get it to work. I was wrong.
People mentioned the included Seagate bloatware made the drive slow so I formatted it before turning it into a Time Machine backup drive. I installed the included Seagate Drive Settings App and followed Seagate's instructions to de-activate the internal drive shut-down timer (which you have to search for on their site, it is not intuitive at all). I even connected the drive to a Windows XP machine and used the PC version of the software to verify the sleep timer was turned off.
Nothing I did made any difference. This drive shut down in the middle of 5+ backup attempts. It makes it through 20 - 80GB...
The good: --Looks stylish and modern --Relatively quiet; doesn't have a fan --Runs cool --Can switch out interfaces using Seagate's modules (I'm interested to know how Thunderbolt performs)
The okay: --Speeds are not that great. I get about 50-60MB/s of sustained reads/writes. I was expecting something closer to 80-90MB/s.
The bad: --The hard drive will always go to sleep when using the FireWire 800 connection on OS X Lion (even in the middle of a file transfer). --The Seagate software utility for OS X do NOT include the ability to disable the drive's sleep function. --The Seagate software utility under Windows DOES include the option, but even with it applied the drive still went to sleep under OS X Lion. [See edit] --When the drive is asleep it causes TimeMachine to freak out and not backup to my Time Capsule, causes Finder to freeze and causes whatever application that's trying to access the drive to freeze as...
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