Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black)

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black)

  • Store or back up photos, movies, music and documents
  • Carry files with you while on-the-go
  • Access your files with both PC and Mac computers
  • USB 2.0 plug-and-play
  • Optional FireWire 800 or powered eSATA or access content over the network and on TV

750GB Black freeagent Goflex
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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black)

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3 thoughts on “Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black)

  1. 168 of 170 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Format this drive first to avoid issues with this drive!!, March 4, 2011

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    I was expecting this drive to be like a spare drive to back up files and store data on and allow me to edit some files as I wanted. I really was expecting it to work just like a jump drive does, but have a lot more storage space. I didn’t want to have to plug it into a wall, you know, portable. I wanted to be able to take it to several computers I have at home and at work. What I found out after I placed my order was that these drives by Seagate have pre-installed software on them that once connected to your computer will ask you to load, after a two minute wait. If you install this software “Dashboard” and whatever else is there, you may have some of the issues like all of the other negative ones I read. YOU DON’T NEED THIS SOFTWARE, SO DO NOT INSTALL IT!!! Seagate must think that the only purpose to buy this drive is to do a back-up on one computer and to have it auto run every so often, hence their software. I personnaly am not interested in their software, especially everything I have read to date on it.

    So I started by removing the software from the drive, then just using the drive as a back up and to copy some work files to. All seemed fine, then took to work and tried to update a file and found out the the whole drive is read only format, no update capabilities allowed from another machine. Did some more reading and discovered that if I Format the drive completly, (don’t do the quick format) do a full format which will take about 1 hour per 100 Gig, so make sure you have plenty of time to do this. When your done the drive will be free of Seagate’s software and read only formats for file updates. The drive will work just like a jump drive allowing you to take it from one computer to another, update files as you see fit, back up files and so on…you get the picture.

    I think if Seagate wants to keep their good name, they need to offer better instructions on their products and they should not pre-load this software on their drives. All of the issue, at least most of them, appear to be with this software and not really the drive itself. At least this is my finding after I performed this format, the drive is now what I expected to use it for.

    So for a rating, out of the box, I give it a 1 STAR, because I had to figure this out, and spend 5+ hours to format the drive.

    Rating after the format, I give it 5 STARS!

    I hope others find this review helpful, as I am a little tech savy, but no comparison to most of you smart people out there.

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  2. 469 of 497 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good drive, potentially misleading claim, June 7, 2010
    Mark Colan “duke-of-url” (Medford, MA USA) –
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    This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black) (Personal Computers)
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    This drive has a large capacity (by today’s standards) and is very portable. It is convenient and highly compatible, not fast, but no slower than others in its class.

    I seriously doubt the claim that buying a USB 3.0 adapter for the drive will speed it up noticeably, and certainly not 10x. I discuss this point below. [Update 8/10/10] See below. A discussion in the comments has convinced me that the optional adapters may indeed make a difference for transferring very large files, such as video, but not a 10x difference.

    large capacity for portable drive by today’s standards
    small and not too heavy, similar to competitive products
    USB 2.0 offers terrific compatibility (Win, Mac, Linux when drivers are available)
    alternative interfaces available (eSATA, USB3, Firewire)
    USB provides power, so no power supply needed
    very standard USB connectors on both ends of cable
    compatible with Windows and Mac, and probably Linux (not tested)
    [Update] ability to connect directly to TV for playing audio and video without computer via new dock [see below.]

    misleading claims of value of changing cables [Update: maybe not, see Updates below]
    slightly larger and heavier than WD Passport
    glossy top attracts fingertips (like Passport)
    black case is hard to find in my black computer backpack, but probably other colors will be available in the near future

    not fast, not slow, about the same as competitive products, slower than desktop drive or many 3.5″ external drives, but far more portable


    The drive spins at 5400 rpm. This is not as fast as most desktop drives (which are 7200 rpm), but 5400 rpm saves power and runs cooler. It could be that 7200 RPM drives could not be used for an application like this without a power supply. Big drives make great archives, and archive drives don’t need to be as fast as the drives that contain your system, programs, and files you are working on.

    I copied my audio collection – over 50,000 files totaling 383 GB – to this drive, starting empty, and (separately) to an empty 500 GB WD Passport drive that had been freshly formatted. Both drives took about the same amount of time: a bit under 7 hours, with Windows 7 reporting 16-18 MB/second. The Passport was a little faster, but not enough to make a difference.


    The included “Personality Cable” allows this drive to be used with USB 2.0. You can get others for USB 3.0 and eSATA, and they CLAIM that this will speed performance by up to 10x. I haven’t tried to be certain, but I sincerely doubt that this is true.

    You see, USB 2.0 is capable of 57 MB/sec, yet my drive runs at 16-17 MB/sec, so it is performing at only 29% of the maximum USB 2.0 speed. I think the disk itself is the limiting factor. Although eSATA and USB 3.0 are faster interfaces, they can’t make a 5400 RPM drive go 10x faster. By comparison, copying files from my internal 7200 rpm drive to an internal 10,000 rpm drive with direct SATA interface maxes out at 66-70 MB/sec, which is about 4x the speed.

    By analogy, your car may be capable of 100 mph, but on a lot of roads you’re only going to be able to go 25 mph. Putting a faster engine in the car won’t help. In this analogy, the disk is the road, and the interface is the car.

    Many manufacturers have been very misleading about disk speeds. They often rate the performance as that of the interface, when the device itself is significantly slower. The ONLY time any drive reaches the interface speed is when the data you wanted is already in the cache – that is, you just read it or wrote it, and now you’re reading it again. Because the cache is tiny compared to the disk capacity, this is an uncommon situation.

    In summary, I doubt the optional interfaces are worth buying.

    UPDATE 8/10/10: This section triggered considerable and interesting debate in the comments, and I stand corrected. The upshot is that when transferring “smaller” files (jpg’s, mp3’s), the transfer rate may be limited by drive performance, but for “large” files (video files, say ~200 MB and larger), sustained reads may indeed mean that the drive is pumping out data faster than the interface, and using a faster interface such as firewire or USB3 could improve performance for transferring large files.

    Also, I ordered an eSATA interface kit. For a system with SATA drives, I suspect this interface will be faster than Firewire or USB3, but I’m guessing. I will run some new tests and probably rewrite this review with the results.


    UPDATE 8/10/10: This is a cool innovation. A dock for this hard drive, which you connect to your TV to allow playback of photos, audio (including…

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  3. 176 of 188 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Failed Within a Month, September 3, 2010
    Matt W.

    This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black) (Personal Computers)

    I’ve had my eye open for one of these since before they existed. I work in the Multimedia industry and require a large amount of space to store my data. I purchased this drive on August 8, 2010. Yesterday, Sept. 2, 2010, it failed. I contacted Seagate and they referred me to their data recovery team who offered to recover my lost data for up to $1500. Not expecting to have the hard drive fail immediately, I was still in the process of backing up my files and lost almost all of them.

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