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Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter for GoFlex Portable Hard Drives

3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Works with any GoFlex Portable drive
  • Dual ports supports daisy-chaining for 6 devices
  • 10Gbps Thunderbolt ports
  • Upgrade your interface for faster file transfer performance

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BrandSeagate
Item Weight680 g
Product Dimensions19.2 x 15 x 7.2 cm
Item model numberSTAE127
ColorBlack
  
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ASINB007PJN57E
Best Sellers Rank 101,990 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight680 g
Date First Available28 April 2012
  
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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.

Box Contains

GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter
Power Supply
Quick Start Guide



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I was interested in the Go Flex ecosystem in that the docks could technically make the relevant drives mountable just like any Sata external docks.

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.
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By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2012
In case you're confused by this product, it might help to know that sticking up from the base of it is just a basic SATA connector. There's nothing special or proprietary about this type of connector. Take any (SATA) hard drive, undo the casing, remove the bare drive from inside it and this will dock with the connector. It doesn't look pretty, but who cares when your transfer speeds are so much better? The only difference when you use a Seagate GoFlex drive (desk or portable) is that the SATA connector is readily accessible on the outside, so there's no need to remove the bare drive from inside the casing (in addition, if you use a GoFlex desktop drive it slots nicely into the little support pegs sticking up from the base of the adapter). GoFlex drives look nicer and are quicker to dock, but they're not essential for using this product. I took an old hard drive that's been lying around for ages, undid the casing (with a little help from the Internet) and inside was a WD Caviar Green hard drive, which works fine with this adapter.

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.
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I love the ease of just plugging bare bones drives into this (little wobbly though so you may need a ball of blu tac to steady them) and the convenience of GoFlex having multiple adaptors for their drives.

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.
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It certainly gives great speeds but I have had problems with getting it to work all the time.This seems to be a problem with software and apple and not the device itself.
It doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable so its an expensive upgrade and cost more than the hdd that sits in it!
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