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

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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
BrandSeagate
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions4.4 x 12.4 x 15.8 cm
Item model numberSTAC2000200
SeriesSTAC2000200 Freeagent Goflex DESK
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB003NE5GY0
Best Sellers Rank 54,637 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available3 Jun. 2010
  
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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

Manufacturer's 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



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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 -

Hi JTM,
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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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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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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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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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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I purchased the 2TB with the USB 2 dock, and have been impressed both by the silent running of the drive even when doing heavy backups of 200GB (My iTunes Library) and it just purred very quietly in the background. A far cry from my Western Digital 1TB My Book which "Shakes Rattles & Rolls"! Although the WD has been reliable, I have never felt confident with it, all the clicking and rattling it makes is very off-putting. The Seagate oozes quality and instills confidence.

The upgradeable Dock is a great idea, if you want to upgrade to USB 3, they have a dock that will convert your drive into USB 3, if you want Firewire 800, they have a dock for it, plus various others I believe.

As I use Mac's and not Windows (my wife has that honour) I have just ordered the Firewire 800 dock, so I shall be able to use greater transfer speeds. The real beauty is that you have no special settings to mess with, you simply park the GoFlex Desktop drive into the dock of your choice, and its immediately ready for use.

My only gripe is that as I am using Apple computers which run OS X the fancy Seagate backup software etc is not available to use. All you get is a product called "Memeo Backup" which is only on a 30 day trial. If i want to keep using it, i have to cough up £25! ~ So i wont be using it.

But if your using Windows you have a whole raft of utilities, and even with a Mac, the drive is still in my opinion one of the best on ther market, and the Dock system just tops it off.
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