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Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac

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Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac

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Product Highlights

  • FireWire 800 + USB 2.0
  • 3TB of Hard Disk Storage
  • Upgradable to USB 3.0
  • Works with Apple's Time Machine Software
  • Adapter Base with Capacity Gauge
  • PC & Mac Compatible
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The 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac from Seagate is a high-capacity external desktop hard drive that takes full advantage of all the tools your Mac has to offer. The 3TB of hard disk storage comes preformatted to work right out of the box with Mac computers and can fully utilize Apple's Time Machine software with automatic backups and easy data recovery.

This Seagate GoFlex hard drive will also work with PC computers. With the included downloadable HFS+ driver for Windows, it's easy to read, write and share files interchangeably between both Mac and PC computers.

The power of FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 is available through the included GoFlex Desk FireWire 800/USB 2.0 desktop adapter base with an illuminated capacity gauge. You'll also be able to upgrade to USB 3.0 with available adapters and kits (both sold separately).

Dual Interface
This Seagate GoFlex hard drive has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports for high-speed data transfer rates
Included Adapter Base
Included with this Seagate GoFlex hard drive is the GoFlex Desk FireWire 800/USB 2.0 desktop adapter base with an illuminated capacity gauge. You can also upgrade to USB 3.0 with available and optional adapters and kits (sold separately)
Optimized for Mac, Works with PC
This Seagate GoFlex hard drive come preformatted for Mac computers and Apple's Time Machine software, but it plays nice with PC computers as well. With the included HFS+ driver for Windows, you'll be able to use this hard drive interchangeably between Mac and PC computers
Performance
Mounting Removable adapter base
Capacity 3 TB
Interface 1 x FireWire 800
1 x USB 2.0
Sustained Data Transfer Rate FireWire 800: 800 Mbps
USB 2.0: 480 Mbps
System Requirements Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher
    Windows
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 (32- and 64-bit)
    Ports
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • Dimensions 4.88 x 6.22 x 1.73" / 12.4 x 15.8 x 4.4cm
    Weight 2.38 lb / 1.08 kg
    Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac
  • GoFlex Desk FireWire 800 & USB 2.0 Adapter Base with Capacity Gauge
  • 5' (1.5m) FireWire 800 Cable
  • 5' (1.5m) USB 2.0 Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Seagate3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac
     
    4.1

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Large capacity / good size (12)
    • Easy to set up (11)
    • Quiet (10)
    • Attractive (7)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional storage (10)
    • Photo storage (9)
    • Back-up (8)
    • File transfer (8)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (15)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (13)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Thank G-d

    I paid $400 for data recovery last Saturday to a computer repair guy in the New Yorker Hotel. I had TWO Western Digital drives conk out on me - one of them so bad...Read complete review

    I paid $400 for data recovery last Saturday to a computer repair guy in the New Yorker Hotel. I had TWO Western Digital drives conk out on me - one of them so bad it required data recovery. In case you don't know, data recovery tends to cost between $900-2000. I got lucky and found someone who did it "cheap" for $400.

    I have bought two Seagate drives and they mount immediately every time, even after accidental disconnection from my 2011 MacBook Pro 17".

    This GoFlex comes Mac formatted and it's a dream. Definitely go with this brand - I have no vested interest in recommending them. They are just the absolute best I have ever had.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Terrible Reliability

    I bought one of these and transferred some files on to it. the drive showed the space was taken up, but I couldn't see or access anything on it. I returned it and...Read complete review

    I bought one of these and transferred some files on to it. the drive showed the space was taken up, but I couldn't see or access anything on it. I returned it and got another just like it. The second drive arrived and I once again transferred the files. This time I could see them, but an error message came up saying "mac os can't repair the drive. The files were once again unable to open or manipulate. I bought a Western Digital and put the files on it thinking maybe it was the files corrupting the drive, but no, that drive works just fine. I returned this drive again.

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    5.0

    EXCELENT PRODUCT

    By CHAP

    from EL PASO, TX

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

      VERY FAST TO DO BACKUP ON MAC

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Lant

      from NY

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • File Transfer
        • Photo Storage
        • Video

        Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

        Great product, plug and play install. Great price! excellent

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        1.0

        poor product

        By Fotografo Peru

        from Lima Peru

        About Me Power user

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • File Transfer
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

            the design is very cute but the disc died after 8 months of use

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Simple, Useful

            By Capt. Bonner

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Video

              Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

              Seagate's GoFlex line is useful because they have created a way to switch out the bottoms and use other transfer types (USB, Firewire, etc). Very handy.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              No complaints. Works as expected

              By Yuriy

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • File Transfer
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                No complaints. Works as expected

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Pretty awesome external hard drive

                By George K.

                from Richmond, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • File Transfer

                  Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                  Easy install, working great. No problems. Great price.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  1.0

                  3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive

                  By Ellen

                  from Hewlett, NY

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • The Worst

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                      Terrible product. 72 hours backed up 200Gs & blew my battery pack.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      1.0

                      Terrible Reliability

                      By Images by Stacie

                      from Nashville TN

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                          I bought one of these and transferred some files on to it. the drive showed the space was taken up, but I couldn't see or access anything on it. I returned it and got another just like it. The second drive arrived and I once again transferred the files. This time I could see them, but an error message came up saying "mac os can't repair the drive. The files were once again unable to open or manipulate. I bought a Western Digital and put the files on it thinking maybe it was the files corrupting the drive, but no, that drive works just fine. I returned this drive again.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Easy set up

                          By rmz

                          from livingston, mt

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • No Power Switch

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                          Easy to set up. Good connectivity. Quiet. Capacity gauge on the front is great!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Excelent

                          By @tiagomoller

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Portable
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                              Normally I use this external HD to backup pictures, videos, movies and musics, like a multimedia library. It's perfect, 3TB and pretty fast with Fireware 800 cable.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              So Far So Good -- except...

                              By Travel Host

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • No Power Switch

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • File Transfer
                              • Video

                              Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                              Use the product for storing our footage, shows, etc. for our television show. Iike the look. portability and light weight -- and the fact that it works with MAC and PC. Only thing I found unsettling was if you are daisy-chaining drives --my Western Digital and Seagate drives didn't mix unless the Seagate led the way. It just took me a bit to figure that out -- but it did give me a few more gray hairs when it wouldn't show up on my desktop. All's Well That Ends Well.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              i will buy this product again

                              By soccer

                              from bayonne nj

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • High Capacity

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                i use this product to store thousants of pictures because im study photografy

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                GOOD VALUE

                                By springbank

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  It's a drive. So far, it works great. Seems fast, like the future Thunderbolt capabilities, but primarily it's a great value.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great external drive for the Mac

                                  By Mike

                                  from Chicago

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HD Video Editing

                                  Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  We use this drive to edit HD video with Final Cut Pro on a Mac. Shooting an HD project produces huge data files. This drive is large enough to contain an entire medium sized project. It is fast enough to edit without delays. The detachable base offers forward and backward compatability with USB 2 and firewire 800 today and Thunderbolt and eSATA in the future if and when those bases becomes available.The price is high, but competitive. The drive is a solid performer and we will be purchasing more of these units.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great, lots of space and very affordable

                                  By Adrian Tavano

                                  from Miami,FL

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                    I am a wildlife and zoo photographer shooting mostly RAW and thousands of shots per assignment, needless to say that I ran into storage problem real soon. On my MacBook Pro this works flawlessly and super fast! Buy one or maybe two, for this price you can't go wrong!

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Thank G-d

                                    By Cinesis

                                    from New York City

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup
                                      • File Transfer
                                      • Photo Storage
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Seagate 3TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive for Mac:

                                      I paid $400 for data recovery last Saturday to a computer repair guy in the New Yorker Hotel. I had TWO Western Digital drives conk out on me - one of them so bad it required data recovery. In case you don't know, data recovery tends to cost between $900-2000. I got lucky and found someone who did it "cheap" for $400.

                                      I have bought two Seagate drives and they mount immediately every time, even after accidental disconnection from my 2011 MacBook Pro 17".

                                      This GoFlex comes Mac formatted and it's a dream. Definitely go with this brand - I have no vested interest in recommending them. They are just the absolute best I have ever had.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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