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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 2TB Desktop USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with Capacity Gauge

by Seagate
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Easy-to-use preloaded backup software with encryption
  • World’s most upgradeable external drive - upgrade to a faster interface with a GoFlex Desk desktop adapter
  • Includes GoFlex Desk USB 2.0 adapter with capacity gauge display
  • Offers both vertical and horizontal drive orientation
  • 2-year limited warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions4.4 x 12.4 x 15.8 cm
Item model numberSTAC2000200
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 29,650 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available3 Jun 2010

Product Description

Product Description

Seagate GoFlex family

Protect, store and access files through the interface of your choice with the world’s most upgradeable drive

The GoFlex Desk external drive, available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB models, delivers high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with encryption for all your files with its preloaded software. The included plug-and-play USB 2.0 adapter makes it easy to connect to your PC or Mac computer and it displays the drive’s available storage capacity. As the world’s most upgradable external desktop drive, you now have the ability to upgrade your connection interface to suit your needs. Plus, the option to place the drive vertically or horizontally complements any desktop.

Access files with the interface of your choice

Use the standard USB 2.0 interface or upgrade to USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade adapter to instantly increase file transfer performance by up to 10x.

Free your files

With the included NTFS driver for Mac, you can now interchangeably store and access files from PC and Mac computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on your Mac computer, allowing it to access and store files in a PC compatible format (reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine software)

Hard Drive Capacity Guide*

Capacity Digital Music (Hours) Digital Photos (Files) Digital Videos (Hours) DVD Quality (Movies) HD Video (Hours)
320 GB 5,331 102,400 320 80 80
500 GB 8,330 160,000 500 125 125
750 GB 12,495 240,000 750 188 188
1 TB 16,660 320,000 1,000 250 250
1.5 TB 24,990 480,000 1,500 375 375
2 TB 33,320 640,000 2,000 500 500
3 TB 49,980 960,000 6,000 750 750
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode Based on standard 2 hour movie Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate

*Capacity values are approximate--actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting. DVD quality movies exclude high definition.

GoFlex USB 3.0 Upgrade Cable
Boost the transfer speed of your drive by up to 10x with the GoFlex USB 3.0 Upgrade Cable (sold separately). Click here for a larger image.

Increase performance and access files with the interface of your choice

As part of the GoFlex Storage System, GoFlex upgrade cables enable you to change the interface on your GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive to increase performance and to access your drive the way you want. The GoFlex upgrade cables (sold separately) are available in USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and powered eSATA which offer increasedfile transfer performance up to 10x faster than USB 2.0. The GoFlex upgrade cables simply click in place, making it easy to switch between other GoFlex cables and devices. All GoFlex cables feature LED lights to show drive activity.

GoFlex upgrade cable USB 3.0 kit - upgrade your laptop and GoFlex drive to USB 3.0

The GoFlex upgrade cable USB 3.0 kit (sold separately) includes everything needed to upgrade both your laptop PC and GoFlex or GoFlex Pro ultra-portable drive. The kit includes a USB 3.0 cable, PC card laptop adapter and USB power connector--everything you need to upgrade to USB 3.0 performance. The GoFlex USB 3.0 kit offers up to 10x faster file transfer performance compared to USB 2.0 and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, enabling compatibility with legacy PC and Mac computers.

Perfect for when you need to:

  • Store or back up photos, movies, music and documents
  • Access your files with both PC and Mac computers

Product Description

Highlights: ·2 TB storage capacity ·USB 2.0 interface ·Can be extended to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800

Technical Specifications: ATT.EXTERNAL_HARDDISC_CONNECTION_TYPE: USB 2.0 · Dimensions: (L x W x H) 4,4 x 12,4 x 15,8 cm · Memory capacity: 2 TB

Description: The external hard disk GoFlex Desk offers adequate storage space and can be extended without any problem to the interface of your choice. Combine the desktop hard-disk simply with a GoFlex USB-2.0 adapter for USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800, in order to enhance the efficiency up to ten-fold. Can be used with PCs as well as with Mac®s With the GoFlex Desk you can store, protect and retrieve your contents without any problem. They guarantee automatic continuous backups of your data. They store your backup files and protect your privacy by a powerful encryption software. They contain the management tool Seagate® Dashboard for an easy management of planned backups and the file encryption as well as display of hard-disk statistics Including GoFlex Desk USB-2.0 adapter with illuminated capacity display Can be integrated vertically or horizontally perfectly in every desktop environment The external hard disk GoFlex Desk enables the extension to a faster transmission speed and can thus be adjusted in any way to the requirements of your digital world. Upgrade cable and kits simplify the extension of USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 for an up to ten-times faster transfer speed for bigger files and films in HD-quality.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good product, could be great.. 10 Dec 2010
The seagate goflex 2 TB is a quality piece of kit and I would have no reservations in recommending it. My only gripe about the whole thing is that it tries , like a lot of other products, to commit you to it's own system of working. in this case Memeo software,all but the most basic of which are subscription based, which may be wonderful in it's own right but is just not necessary. If you just need a drive to backup to then you do not require anything other than the hardware, windows will take care of the rest so be careful which buttons you press when firing up for the first time.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GoFlex Home unresponsive 2 Oct 2011
I've been running my GoFlex Home 2TB for about 7 months. Initially, it would appear to become unresponsive / inaccessible on a daily basis, requiring a shutdown (via the power switch) to bring it back. I eventually discovered that the GoFlex base was VERY hot, and the heat was radiating to the disk unit causing the bottom of the disk to be very hot. Thinking that this heat could be the root cause of the unit's daily crashes (perhaps driving a hardware failure), I laid the unit on its side, allowing for the heat to travel away from the disk and the base unit's interface port to the disk. This seems to have reduced the number of crashes to a couple of times per week, but the base unit is still hot, particularly at the interface port to the disk.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value Compact External Drive 11 April 2011
Verified Purchase
The Seagate GoFlex Desktop Drive is a neatly designed, compact external drive, at an extremely competitive price for 2TB capacity.. just what I required for backing up important data and it takes up very little desktop space.. I can't comment on the quality of the manufacturer's bundled backup software, since I use Apple's Time Machine app with this drive.

One very important note at the time of writing (11/04/2011) however, is that Amazon suggest you consider buying the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex FireWire 800 Upgrade Cable with this drive.. BE WARNED, the connector (although it looks the same) does not fit.. this drive cannot therefore be run without an external power supply as a portable drive.

The correct Firewire adaptor required for this device is the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desktop Adapter (USB 2.0,Firewire 800).. the same applies for the USB 3 adaptor, the correct model for this drive is the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 3.0 Desktop Adapater.

Amazon really should make this clear, rather than putting a big picture of the incompatible cable format (portable GoFlex models only) in the product description section for this drive and listing the two items as 'frequently bought together' since this is misleading.

10th February 2012, Review Update -

Only just spotted your comment and apologise for not responding earlier.
I have not experienced any over-heating issues with my drive, however I do not leave it running 24/7. Most External Hard Drives (without a fan fitted inside the casing) will become noticeably warm after extended use.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Ext. Hard Drive 6 Oct 2010
Verified Purchase
Ordered this one because it was recommended in my computer magazine and my old Iomega was becoming very sluggish. It is a real gem. It is a nice neat little drive and 100% silent, I don't have to worry about switching it on and of as it does it in sync with the computer. As a professional. videographer I use it mainly for storing wedding videos and found it faultless.There is also a good backup software that comes with it but as the files I use run into 10's of gig I haven't used it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Rols
I read the reviews for other Seagate products and saw that they are notorious for breaking down. I thought that this one would be different as there are very few bad reviews (maybe it is relatively new on the market as there seem to be only a limited number of good reviews too)

Sadly I should have gone with my first thoughts and bought a Western Digital in the first place. About 20 minutes into backing up my photos a curious clicking noise started and after that I could no longer access the drive.

No harm done though, I was lucky that this did not happen after a longer period. I got my money back and I replaced the drive with one that works from WD.

I appreciate that electronic equipment is not infallible but I would have hoped that there might be some kind of quality control at Seagate to check if the device is working properly. I suspect that if there is a QC system in place then it is not rigorous enough as it fails to pick up an issue that is so common that it has a name in common usage the infamous "click of death".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter let-down 14 Feb 2012
By Inks
I am beyond disappointed with this drive. Not only did it fail irrepairably within 6 months, but the returns process to Seagate is almost impossible! I would give zero stars if I could, but the 1 star will be for receiving a response to my e-mail.

Be warned that not only will you not get your data back (unless you pay for it), you have to pay for the drive to be returned to Coventry, arrange it all yourself, and you will get back a re-conditioned drive with a shorter warranty than your original drive!!! (My warranty was until April 2013 and the re-conditioned drive only has a warranty of 90 days!)

Further to this, you have to download seagate tools in order to diagnose the fault, e-mail the code to Seagate, then they e-mail you back to go to their website and the process is beyond tedious and difficult.

Please note that when I was researching the fault, it would appear that I am not the only one whose GoFlex has died with the same problem!!

I feel very conned by Seagate and I certainly will not be buying one of these again and I would recommend that nobody else does either unless you want to throw your data away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Working Correctly for more than a year
I use Acronis back up software and the drive works perfectly and quietly. All I needed to do was plug it in and it was ready to use.
Published 3 months ago by ANTHONY F TETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Terabytes of storage - great for backup
Had this attached first to a Windows machine, now a Mac (needed to be re-formatted but so what).

A huge 2Tb of storage in a nice black box. Works for me.
Published 5 months ago by John Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Seagate Goflex
Bought this because needed more space for documents and wanted them on a hard drive that i could keep separate from my main computer
Published 6 months ago by Patrick J
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This backup external drive is brilliant. Fast transfer speeds, very quiet and works flawlessly. I would recommend not using the backup software that comes with it - simply plug it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Techcentral
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead drive after 20 months
Bought this drive in November 2011 for use as a Time Machine Back up with OS X - worked fine to start, but the drive died on me last week - it started beeping on power on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by adl999
1.0 out of 5 stars Fails all the time
I have to reset this drive all the time, and often it does not connect at all. Not a reliable system.
Published 11 months ago by ugunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good price.. cheaper than an internal drive
I was desperate to fill out my raid array with some cheap storage. However the whole Asia floods, production problems and general HDD shortages a couple of years back put 2TB disks... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sherlock Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great peace of kit
love the seagate, my friend recommended this to us as we use it more for our caravan as we dont always get a good television reception if were in a poor reception area and the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maggie smalley
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this drive
My Seagate Go Flex 2 tb has just died after 5 months and I have lost all my data . (I did not buy it from Amazon) I have 2 older Seagate 300 gb drives that I have used for years... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J Bryce
1.0 out of 5 stars Worked for about a month.
After running out of memory on laptop I decided to purchase an external hard drive to hold all of my files. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by T. Peggers
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