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The 3.5” Drives: FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (1 TB)

Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex: Modular External Storage

The GoFlex Desk is the base drive. It centers on a 3.5” hard drive available in 1 TB, 2 TB, and even 3 TB capacities. Pricing is currently $129 (1 TB), $189 (2 TB), and $229 (3 TB). Compared to other external 3.5” drive solutions, these aren’t exactly bargains. Unlike the 128-bit AES-enabled FreeAgent Go and FreeAgent Desk drives, these GoFlex models use 192-bit triple-DES encryption, which seems like a half-step backward, although Seagate makes some amends by including Memeo Instant Backup.

The base drive comes with a USB 2.0 desktop adapter that also functions as a stand, although you can opt to orient the drive horizontally. The interface sits on one side of the desktop adapter; five LEDs can be found on the other side. Four of them work as a capacity gauge, while the fifth shows drive activity.

The GoFlex Desk USB 2.0 delivers roughly 30 MB/s and performs exactly as expected. By itself, the GoFlex Desk 1 TB is a slightly overpriced external storage solution. However, the story starts to make a little more sense if you anticipate a USB 3.0 upgrade, for example.

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    Anonymous , 6 November 2010 04:19
    Annoying things about moden external drives - apart from only one. 1) They invariably come on with the PC and do not have an on off button 2) enclosures usually do, but on the BACK (one unit also has the LEDS there - duh).

    For those reasons, I only buy Samsung Story drives.

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    toughbook , 11 December 2010 20:38
    I have the 2.5 320GB model with USB 2.0 and 3.0 with a Buffalo PCIe 3.0 card. I can tell the difference for sure, but not as what I had expected.

    The backup software that came with mine looks totally different? It is still the Memeo though.

    In regards to not being able to turn them off, see above, the Hitachi G-Drive's all come with an on/off switch and do have an LED light as well. A feature that is nice as you stated DrT. They are formatted for Mac's out of the box, but you can change that for Windows very easy.

    Thanks for the great write up. I enjoy reading your tests on stuff that I have purchased and getting your point of view on it.
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    toughbook , 11 December 2010 20:47
    One thing I think you left out, or I didn't catch. If you buy just the 2.0 drive interface model, it comes with a little stand that you set the drive onto. The stand has the female end on it. It's a good idea. FYI, all the connectors that you can buy to pop onto your drive are female. It is basically a different snap on connector and you can use your own cables of different length if you have them. Hope that helps a little.