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Seagate STBC2000200 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

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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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Size Name: 2TB

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Size: 2TB
Technical Details
BrandSeagate
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions23.2 x 20.4 x 9.3 cm
Item model numberSTBC2000200
SeriesSTBC2000200 Goflex DESK
Hard Drive Size2 TB
  
Additional Information
ASINB007IXOYO0
Best Sellers Rank 50,751 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available7 May 2012
  
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Product Description

Size Name:2TB

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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    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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    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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    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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    Size: 2TB Verified Purchase
    Positive: The hard drive was relatively easy to install and it did work fine with Apple Time Machine.
    Negative: The hard drive stopped working without any notice after less than 3 months since the installation !
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    Size: 3TB Verified Purchase
    I am astounded that Seagate, who I have always found to be reliable can have produced such a dreadful bit of kit! every couple of weeks this drive has to be re-initialised because it is reported as being faulty!.. so as a back up drive it is utterly useless.
    I have tried contacting the seller who directed me to Seagate.. where their returns website is a minefield clearly designed to put you off returning anything!
    I have now contacted Amazon in the hope that something will be done about this useless piece of junk.. Don't buy it
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    Size: 2TB Verified Purchase
    I'm a little reluctant to review this yet as the drive is less than a month old and has not been used that much. If I have any problems I'll update this review.

    First impressions are good. Judging on appearances alone, it's a nice looking slab. Its outer casing is minimal with a metallic looking plastic centre area which has vent holes on the top side. The black sides have a matt/silk finish which is nice aesthetically if nothing else.

    It looks and feels solid and attaches to the base with a reassuringly solid 'clunk' which doesn't feel loose or unstable in any way. The base unit has ports on the rear and left side, those being a Firewire 800 and power on the rear and another Firewire 800 and mini-USB on the side. There's also some vents on the rear and that's about it aside from the SATA connection between the base and the drive itself. It came with all necessary cables (Firewire 800 and USB, both 1.5m long) and the Firewire 800 cable fits solidly into the back of my iMac without any excess looseness or wiggle.

    I've included a photo of the box contents on the product page to show what came in the pack and to illustrate the extra ports on the side of the base which allow the Firewire to be daisy chained. I have an older Firewire 400 Drive hooked up to it with a FW800 to 400 cable and the pass-through operates fine even if this drive is unpowered.

    I've not really measured the performance of the drive but it's been working fine as far as I can tell as a Time Machine drive for my Mac (for which it came preformatted, plug and play). I can only hope it will be reliable in the long term - time will tell.
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