Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter for GoFlex Portable Hard Drives
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Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port. At 10 Gbps, the Thunderbolt adapter is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800. Transferring high-definition movies and other large files now takes seconds as opposed to minutes (when compared with older interface technologies). As part of the GoFlex ecosystem, the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter turns any GoFlex Desk drive into a blazing-fast Thunderbolt device for your compatible computer. With dual Thunderbolt ports, it can support daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt devices, minimising desktop clutter and maximising data transfer. Connect multiple devices to turn your computer into a powerful workstation with just a single interface.
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I had also been interested in the advent of Thunderbolt which would make data flow fast enough to run monitors. This is implementation has worked great for Macs and was to roll out on the next high end generation of Intel motherboards.
On unboxing I had two conflicting emotions the connector was SATA meaning I could technically use it with any internal drive. Less happily there was no thunderbolt cable. This costs at least the better part of 40 pounds and the absence renders it useless.
Using it on the workplace Mac, I found blazing transfer speeds to the point that I was worried about the internal drive I was using would overheat. It certainly is faster than anything I have used before.
The dock itself is well made although it is nearly as thick as the Go Flex drive. It would become a major feature of any workspace, sitting towerlike.
If you have Thunderbolt, this is a great HDD solution that takes advantage of the functionality. You would not look back. But for the money, and having NO CABLE the cons are pretty compelling. Think cloning, backups and regular(near daily) huge transfers for the reasons to get this.
The adapter is aimed at Mac users, but it doesn't come in the regulation Apple aluminium-esque silver; this is because most Seagate GoFlex drives are black. There are two high-throughput Thunderbolt ports, effectively turning the adapter into a one-port hub. I would've liked two extra ports - just in case the device you connect to the second port doesn't have another Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining. A Thunderbolt cable isn't provided, which is a shame since Seagate does manufacture one of its own. The intention of this is to keep the adapter's price down; at the moment Thunderbolt items tend to be pricey.Read more ›
With a proper GoFlex unit plugged in It's both very fast AND sexy to look at.
I tested with an 8.23gb file and transferred it to these devices
' USB 2.0 WD Passport drive - 4.59 mins
' Firewire 800 Freeagent pro - 2.29 mins
' GoFlex Thunderbolt adaptor with bare (official SATA 2 Apple replacement for iMac 2007 320gb 7200rpm WD3200AAJS) drive - 1.59 mins
' GoFlex Thunderbolt adaptor with 3tb Goflex Desk Drive (Contains Seatgate Barracuda SATA 3 7200rpm) - 0.59 mins
To be honest I wasn't blown away by the SATA 2 drive test, until I got the official GoFlex drive. This was REALLY quick, and from looking at videos on YouTube SSD is yet faster still. I personally think that 5x faster than USB 2 is a big improvement.
If you compare the price of the Thunderbolt WD MyBook 4tb then you may be forgiven that you get more for your money with WD - however there is no USB2 or 3 connectivity down that route. You're stuck with Thunderbolt, even though you can change out your drives. Personally I like the modular approach. I have a USB 3.0 adapter that came with my 3tb GoFlex drive and this sits downstairs connected to my media centre just waiting for my Mac to fill up the drive with goodies. I just unplug it, take it downstairs, watch my movie and return it when it's done. For VERY high def video this eliminates any streaming and compatibility issues over wi-fi.
BUT - shame on you Apple!!! You're pricing yourself out of the market with Thunderbolt compared to USB 3.0. Drop the silly prices of your (too long) cable.Read more ›
It doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable so its an expensive upgrade and cost more than the hdd that sits in it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product and good service. It arrived in good time and the supplier was very helpful. Only problem was that it does not come with all the right cables. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by grantkeir
An extremely expensive adapter. But very good. I use two of these as backup for iMac. They work very well and with the right drives are very fast. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2013 by Janan Sulaiman
was not happy when i bought it did not arive for about 3 weeks after i boght it i had to chase after it i was not in any way happy then i was told there was no 1 there at... Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by racecar1
I've been using this Seagate Thunderbolt adaptor with my Seagate STBC3000200 3TB GoFlex Desk for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 3.5 inch External Hard Drive. Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by A Smile and a Wave
This certainly does its job and offers amazingly fast transfers to/from Thunderbolt-equipped machines. Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by Mr Gumby
It works, but is expensive and should really come integrated into the hard drive in my opinion. And it doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable. Underwhelmed.Published on 20 April 2013 by South Londoner
I'm using this with a Mac Mini and a 3TB Go Flex drive where I keep my huge valuable music collection. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by Phillysound2
The most annoying thing about this item is that it did not come with a cable, and they are pretty expensive (I got the short . Read morePublished on 5 April 2013 by The Soft Machine Operator
The Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter is incredibly fast in operation, giving you the thunderbolt super high speed (if you have the thunderbolt port of course). Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by George Rodger