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Seagate STBC3000200 3TB GoFlex Desk for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 3.5 inch External Hard Drive

by Seagate
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  • Compatible with Time Machine® software
  • Upgradable to Thunderbolt™ technology and USB 3.0
  • FireWire® 800 or USB 2.0 plug-and-play
  • Use on a Mac® and PC computer interchangeably without reformatting
  • FireWire® 800/USB 2.0 desktop adapter with capacity gauge display
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSeagate
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions12.4 x 4.4 x 15.8 cm
Item model numberSTBC3000200
Hard Drive Size3 TB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB007IXOAYO
Best Sellers Rank 87,075 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available7 May 2012
  
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Product Description

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 M ac® 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 spee ds 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 Thunde rbolt™ 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 P C. This is the perfect solution for primarily Mac® computer users who still regularly utilize a PC without any program limitation or file size restrictions.

Perfect for when you need to:

• Backup using Time Machine® software

• Upgradable to Thunderbolt™ interface

• Read, write and share files between Mac® and PC computers

• Take advantage of faster FireWire® 800 interface

System Requirements

• Mac OS® X operating system 10.5.8 or higher, or

• Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system*

• FireWire® 800 or USB 2.0 port

*HFS+ driver for PC operability available by download

Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system

Box Contains

  • GoFlex® Desk external drive formatted for Mac®
  • GoFlex® Desk FireWire® 800/USB 2.0 adapter base with capacity gauge
  • 5-foot (1.5 m) FireWire® 800 cable
  • 5-foot (1.5 m) USB 2.0 cable
  • Power supply
  • Quick start guide
  • 3-year limited warranty


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    3.9 out of 5 stars

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By 420 on 24 Dec. 2012
    Size: 2TB
    This is a very sleek and cleverly engineered device. It is unfortunate that that optional module to upgrade to Thunderbolt is prohibitively expensive. (At least the technological infrastructure is there to make this possible for when prices go down. The base or 'foot' is removable and can be swapped)

    I have used it with FireWire 800 and have found it very satisfactory. There are two FireWire ports so it can be daisychained.

    Unfortunately, it does require its own power source and must be connected to the electricity.

    It comes preformatted for Mac.

    In the box, you get a 5 foot FireWire 800 cable and a 5 foot USB 2 cable. (It makes it a refreshing change to have cables of ample length included in the box. Thank you, Seagate)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2012
    Size: 3TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    The GoFlex Desk for Mac is a 3Tb external hard drive pre formatted for use with the MAC operating systems. What makes this unit a little special is that with the installation of a small piece of software available as a free download from the Seagate web site, the unit can also be made to read and write from a PC, this makes it ideal for anyone who may want to transfer data between the two formats.

    On unpacking the unit I was immediately impressed with the build quality of the housing. Very sturdy, it comes with a rubbery feel which helps prevent finger marks on the casing, unlike the current crop of 'piano gloss' housings. This is set of with smart silver trim along the top and front. As the unit is designed to stand vertically the overall effect is akin to a hard-backed book.

    At the rear of the base are sockets for power and firewire, while at the side is a further firewire socket along with a mini-USB socket. It should be noted that the firewire sockets are the new '800' series so if your equipment sports the older IEEE394 interface you will need and adaptor cable. The front of the unit shows a small white LED indicating connection to the host and this pulses when data is being transferred. There are a further three indicators which light up progressively as the unit fills with data. A 'fuel gauge' type of feature.
    Also in the box is a power supply with adaptor plates for continental 2 pin or UK 3 pin wall outlets, a USB 2.0 cable and a '800' type firewire cable.

    As with all these devices it really is a simple case of plug and go. The drive was recognised without problems and in use I obtained transfer speeds of around 14 Mb/s with a USB connection. I couldn't try the unit over firewire as I am waiting for an adaptor cable as I mentioned earlier.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian T on 17 Jan. 2013
    Size: 3TB Verified Purchase
    I was using this external drive as a second Time Machine on my iMac, connected initially by Firewire, and later daisy chained with a Firewire adapter through a G Drive Thunderbolt.
    After a couple of weeks of use, I started getting "read only" error messages for the drive. Then my Seagate GoFlex For MAC stopped working as a Time Machine. No reason. No warning. It suddenly gave a "back up not completed" warning with the disc shown as "not mounted". I ran a Disc Verify and it was shown to be OK. I was able to recover the drive with "repair disc" on disc utility.
    The drive "unmounted" a few more times during the next year, but I was always able to reconnect by running "repair disk" on Mac's Disk Utility. I was never sure whether it was problem with the Seagate external drive, or related to Mac OS upgrades. None of my other three external drives were affected, so that suggests it was a Seagate fault.
    Two weeks ago my Seagate 3Tb stopped working again, and trying to repair it with Disk Utility failed. I can not erase the disk and reformat to start using it again, and jot will not connect to another computer. I contacted Seagate and received a quick response, but none of the measures they suggested worked. It seems that the Seagate drive has simply failed. This is disappointing and very poor value for money as the disc was only 14 months old. I have much older external drives (including a Seagate desktop and Seagate portable) continuing to work reliably with no mounting failures.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Whiteside on 22 Nov. 2012
    Size: 3TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I've been on the lookout for a good backup drive for our mixed Mac and PC household for a while, so when the Seagate Desk popped up I grabbed one. Although the proof of a backup drive is in its longterm use (and I'll update this review to reflect that later), my early impressions are very good.

    My wife's Macbook is old enough that it doesn't have the Firewire 800 port used by this drive and newer Macs, and unfortunately Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 cables cost a small fortune. (To their credit, Seagate include a very nice Firewire 800 to Firewire 800 cable in the box.) I pressed ahead with the drive's fallback USB 2.0 connector while I wait to get an appropriate adaptor from eBay, because they seem to be very hard to get. It's a mini-USB instead of micro-USB connector which is rated for a smaller number of plugging/unplugging cycles, so we'll see how it stands up to weekly backups. It should easily outlast the computers it's supporting though.

    Once connected, it was a piece of cake to get Time Machine working with the drive. Without any formatting or other configuration, I simply turned Time Machine on with its outsized on/off switch and left it to work for a few hours. Even over USB, it backed up over 100GB of data in about two and a half hours. (Firewire is a little faster.) This isn't the place to go on about how great Time Machine is, but the whole process was pleasantly painless.

    Windows was a slightly different story but not exactly painful. To get started on Windows, first I had to install a driver for HFS+, the file system used by Macs. This is called "HFS4WIN" and is available for free from Seagate's support site. I rebooted and the drive then appeared in Windows like any other.
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