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Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive

B&H # SEFAGFPM500 MFR # STBB500100
Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive

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Product Highlights

  • 500GB Storage Capacity
  • Drive Speed of 7200rpm
  • USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 Connectivity
  • Preformatted for Macs
  • Works with Time Machine
  • Can Work with Windows and Mac Computers
  • Durable, Soft-Touch Silver Finish
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Seagate's 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive is a highly portable external drive great for backing data on your Mac or even Windows computer and taking that data with you wherever you travel. In a durable, soft-touch finish, this drive features a fast disk speed of 7200rpm and an ample storage capacity of 500GB. This drive comes formatted for use with your Mac and can connect to your computer with either the included USB 2.0 adapter or with the included FireWire 800 adapter. While the drive can immediately work with Time Machine right out of the box for fast Mac backups, it also comes preloaded with an HFS+ file format driver that you can install on your Windows computer. After installing that driver, you can use the drive interchangeably on both Mac and Windows computers. For a reliable, fast, durable, portable, Windows and Mac-friendly external hard drive, check out this one from Seagate.

This drive features a fast drive speed of 7200rpm
For connecting to your Mac or Windows computer, the drive comes with both a FireWire 800 adapter and a USB 2.0 adapter
The drive is compatible with Mac computers and in addition, Time Machine software, so you can immediately start creating backups
If you install the downloadable HFS+ driver on your Windows computer, you can use this GoFlex Pro drive interchangeably on both your Mac and Windows computers without also having to re-format the drive
The durable soft-touch silver finish helps to withstand fingerprint smudges
The drive comes with a generous 3-year limited warranty
Performance
Capacity 500GB
Interface USB 2.0
FireWire 800
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer Not specified by the manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by the manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not specified by the manufacturer
Requirements Operating System: 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 1
Please Note:

HFS+ driver for Windows operability available by download
Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system

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General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements Bus-powered
Environmental Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
Dimensions (L x W x D) 4.72 x 3.46 x 0.86" / 12 x 8.8 x 2.2 cm
Weight 0.54 lb / 0.25 kg
Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive
  • GoFlex FireWire 800 Adapter with 18" / 46 cm Cable
  • GoFlex USB 2.0 Adapter with 18" / 46 cm Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    Seagate500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (4)
    • Fast (4)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

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        5.0

        GOOD DRIVE DISCONTINUED

        By KW

        from McLean, VA

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive:

          It's a shame that when a manufacturer makes a very handy Firewire drive with enough space, 500GB, for delivering Quicktime Pro Res files and then they discontinue it. There is only one 500GB drive with has Firewire on the market now. I guess it's only a matter of time before that one is discontinued also.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Easy to use with Time Machine

          By Video Producer

          from New Jersey

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 7200 RPM
          • Easy To Install
          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Small

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive:

              I bought this drive to use a back-up with Time Machine on my iMac. I'm very pleased. It's very small so it doesn't take up much space.

              It took literally two minutes to take out of the box and connect. It was automatically detected by my iMac which asked if I wanted to use it with Time Machine. I clicked yes and it started to back up my files.

              I have lots of files so I did it before going to bed. In the morning, it was done.

              This is my first Seagate drive. So far, so good.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Easy back-up

              By Jewwlsr33

              from Huntington Beach, CA

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive:

                  Wow - this was so easy to use. I'm IT challenged. All I did was plug it in and the device and my Mac did the rest. Just let it do its own thing and you're backed up.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By guamer

                  from Our Fair City

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive:

                      My first external with a Mac. I've heard others had trouble with the firewire that it runs very hot, but working okay so far. It's a very snug connection. I've also heard about the software being outdated, so far I've just been using it the old fashioned way. No software, no time machine. I just need it to archive some video.

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                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      A few problems, but it works

                      By Laura

                      from Brooklyn Park, MN

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Very Portable

                      Cons

                      • Some problems on PC

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Seagate 500GB GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-Portable Drive:

                        I bought this drive to move files from my old PC to my new Mac. On the Seagate website, you can download a special driver that let's your PC see this portable Mac-formatted drive. I did so, and my Vista 64bit PC recognized the drive right away. I copied several large folders from my PC to the GoFlex Pro without difficulty. However, when I attempted to safely remove the GoFlex from my PC, I kept getting an error message saying it was in use. No matter how long I waited, I continued to get the error message. I could feel the drive still spinning. The task manager showed nothing running. I tried all the solutions suggested online (so I guess I'm not the only one who has had this problem), but nothing worked. I finally had to shut down my PC in order to safely remove the GoFlex.

                        I emailed Seagate support on a Sunday night, and got an email back a little after 8 am on Monday morning. They referred me to an online solution page, which I had already tried the night before, and they suggested Windows Explorer might be to blame.

                        The GoFlex worked fine on my Mac, transferring the files and ejecting without problems. It has a sleek, brushed silver appearance that goes well with Apple products. I did notice that the GoFlex Pro gets noticeably warm when in use. The GoFlex and whatever you set it on will be very warm to the touch. Also note that the connecting wires (Firewire and USB) are very short. When I plugged the GoFlex into the front of my Mac Pro, I had to set the drive on the ground next to it, as the cord would not reach the desk top. This won't be a problem if your computer's connections are closer to your desktop.

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