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GoFlex Desk Adapters

Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex: Modular External Storage

The GoFlex Desk comes with a USB 2.0 desk adapter, but there are two alternatives for power users. You can purchase desk adapters with either eSATA or FireWire 800. The latter includes USB 2.0, making this choice rather versatile. Last but not least, there are two options for USB 3.0: one that includes only the desk adapter and another that is a full USB 3.0 upgrade kit containing a PCI Express x1 controller. This requires a modern PC with a free PCIe upgrade slot, but it allows for easy installation of two USB 3.0 ports.

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The FireWire 800 desk adapter currently costs $49.99, while you can get the USB 3.0 version for $39.99. Neither is cheap, but having a faster interface option is the smart way to go here. The question then becomes, if you know that the only reasonable interface to consider may be USB 3.0, what’s the price difference between a regular external USB 3.0 drive and Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Desk plus the USB 3.0 adapter? This scenario makes limited sense if you already have USB 3.0 interfaces, but the USB 3.0 upgrade kit could fit just right for users willing and needing to upgrade.

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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.