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GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 Kit

Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex: Modular External Storage

The full USB 3.0 desktop adapter kit includes a PCI Express x1 add-on card using NEC’s popular controller chip. After installing it into an available slot (x1 or wider), just install drivers and you’ll immediately have two USB 3.0 ports at your disposal.

The $79.99 price tag appears high, but you’ll actually accomplish two things. First, you’ll upgrade your GoFlex Desk to USB 3.0 bandwidth thanks to the desk adapter. Second, your system will be upgraded to USB 3.0. Purchasing an external USB 3.0 drive and a separate USB 3.0 upgrade kit is just as expensive as opting for Seagate’s package, making the USB 3.0 kit a decent choice.

All desk adapters come with a power supply and snap-on plugs for operating the drives in most countries. However, the included power supply can also be seen as a cost driver, as some people might not necessarily want additional power supplies with an additional desk adapter.

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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.