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Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter

B&H # SESTAE121 Mfr # STAE121
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Product Highlights
  • Powered Through Thunderbolt Cable
  • 20x Faster Than USB 2.0
  • Works With Any Portable GoFlex Drive

Use the GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter from Seagate with your Seagate GoFlex portable drive for extremely fast transfers of large files. Connect your drive and Thunderbolt cable to provide interface speeds up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0.

Completely portable; powered through Thunderbolt cable
Transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps
Compatibility
  • Works with any portable GoFlex drive
Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter
  • 90-Day Warranty
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    SeagateGoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter
     
    4.5

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Easy to set up (13)
    • Quiet (12)
    • Portable (10)
    • Attractive (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (12)
      • Additional storage (11)
      • Photo storage (11)
      • File transfer (10)
      • Video (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (11), Casual user (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (11), Business (8)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (18)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Wicked fast but a bit quirky

      The Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121) is the most cost-effective product on the market for adding an external drive to your Mac via Thunderbolt. It works well (and fast!) with a few...Read complete review

      The Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121) is the most cost-effective product on the market for adding an external drive to your Mac via Thunderbolt. It works well (and fast!) with a few issues. You DO need Apple's Thunderbolt cable which is another $50. I have tried this adapter with a 1TB Seagate GoFlex 2 1/2" drive and a Crucial m4 SSD 2.5 drive. One nice feature is that you can physically attach a "bare" 2.5" drive to the SATA connector that is "exposed" on the Seagate adapter

      One issue I had was attaching the thunderbolt cable to the adapter. It *seems* to connect snugly with a solid "click" BUT sometimes just moving the drive or touching the cable causes the drive to disconnect - with an OS error :( If you disconnect and connect several times and are very careful with alignment, eventually the cable is well mated and the adapter & drive work fine - even when bumped or moved.

      Another issue I had was the drive not waking from sleep on occasion. I use Time Machine to backup to the drive and found the drive unresponsive on several occasions after the drive had spun-down. I changed my System Preferences to never let the drive sleep and have had no problems since.

      The speed of the adapter & external drive is fantastic - especially with an SSD drive! I ran some benchmarks with the Seagate GoFlex 1TB 2.5" drive and a Crucial m4 SSD 2.5 drive (64GB).

      Performance results with both Black Magic drive test and XBench test:

      Seagate GoFlex 1TB
      R/W
      BM: 77 MB/s -- 78 MB/s
      XB: 73 MB/s -- 67 MB/s

      Crucial m4 SSD 2.5
      R/W
      BM: 377 MB/s -- 105 MB/s
      XB: 259 MB/s -- 98 MB/s

      So, I give this product 4 stars as it is wicked fast but took a while to determine the right system configuration and best cable connection method.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Quality Control???

      Adapter worked well - for about 10 minutes! It failed and appeared to be overloading the power supply on my MacBook Air. I returned it and, knowing that this is a version 1.0...Read complete review

      Adapter worked well - for about 10 minutes! It failed and appeared to be overloading the power supply on my MacBook Air. I returned it and, knowing that this is a version 1.0 product from Seagate, decided not to risk trying it again. Instead I have purchased a fast Network Attached Storage (NAS) by Synology.

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      4.0

      Fast and reliable adapter

      By Van L.

      from Santa Cruz, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

            I use this with a Crucial SSD as my boot drive on my Thunderbolt iMac. Very fast and reliable; works as expected. Should be noted though that some SDDs are not compatible with this setup.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            It's speedy and works with all my GoFlex

            By zeetoe25

            from Parker, CO

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • No Power Switch

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • File Transfer
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

            Got this for use with my iMac. I was using a USB connection and Photo file transfers were slow. Also, I use my Go Flex Drives for working in LR 4 and CS 6. Using the Thunderbolt adapter, gives me fast file transfers and saves! This means I'm working on Photos and not waiting for them to be update and saved! I've not measured the increase time, but I can tell when saving or transfer files that it's much faster than USB.

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

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            5.0

            Compact and Very Fast

            By The Toolsmith

            from Rochester, MN

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup

              Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

              Upgrading from a good Dell system to a MacBookPro (Retina) with two Thunderbolt ports. Bought this to convert an existing Mobile USB2 FeeAgent drive to Thunderbolt.

              Installed in minutes. Speed is truly impressive. Only shortcoming is that it doesn't come with a short (3 foot or less) Thunderbolt cable for traveling. Only T'bolt cables from this vendor are 6.6" - too long for mobile use.

              Runs in daisy-chain with companion 3TB GoFlex disk purchased with adapter, and a T'bolt adapter for a pre-existing 3TB GoFlex Desk drive.

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

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              5.0

              SSD Adapter for BMC Camera on Macbook

              By Espen

              from Norway

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                    I bought this as my SSD adapter for my macbook pro 2012 with Blackmagic design Cinema Camera.

                    I have tested Sandisk and Kingston SSDs.
                    Getting 360MB/s R/W with BM Disk tester.

                    Works well.

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

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                    5.0

                    Greatly Enhances Transfer Speeds

                    By Brian Sr Sys Admin

                    from South Jordan, UT

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Video

                      Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                      This makes your backup/restores even faster, infact I've ran VM's from my portable drive and have seen the difference between a normal firewire/usb drive and the thunderbolt. I would recommend it if you have a lot of data to transfer, playing video's stored on the drive or running virtual machines that are stored on the drive.

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

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                      5.0

                      Great addition to the GoFlex Backup Plus

                      By Topshelf

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                        I like that it is small and no instructions were needed.

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

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                        4.0

                        Works fine, but not blown away

                        By Toddrphoto

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Drive heats up
                        • Not as fast as expected

                        Best Uses

                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                        I don't know if the drive is the issue, or if Thunderbolt is just overhyped but I don't find that my drives work that much faster. I will say that I love this concept because I can have a drive transfer.. I'm hoping that it is just because my drive is formatted for dual purposes.

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

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                        5.0

                        Thunderbolt interface rules!!!

                        By the_hoseman

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                        Gone are the days of waiting for backups to run or copying large video files and waiting... My Macbook Air only has 128GB SSD that filled up quickly. I use the Goflex thunderbolt adapter with a seagate 1.5TB drive for backups, which are lightning fast. I also have an additional 128GB SSD drive, when using this sled, I get 240MBps reads and 180MBps writes (faster then the internal Apple SSD). It was a good investment for me.

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

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                        5.0

                        new life to my old drive

                        By Tom

                        from Oslo, Norway

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                              This is a great product and as I could re-use my old 1,5 GB Goflex drive it is both economical and fast. It is a bit bigger than the USB 2.0 interface, but still highly transportable

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

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                              5.0

                              A quite solution...

                              By divecor

                              from Guadeloupe

                              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
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage
                                • Video

                                Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                I bought the MacBook Air because I adore silence but was running out of disk space, I bought at first the LaCie Little Big Thunderbolt drive but was rather diapointed by the noise that Little Big Drive is producing.
                                Finely the SeaGate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter became available, what a silence, in one word great, the same speed as the LaCie but smaller, more quite and above all really portable.

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

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                                5.0

                                ZoomZoom

                                By DF

                                from NC

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video
                                  • Works as startup disk too

                                  Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                  So far so good. Worked as expected out of the box without drama. Plugged in a new Crucial M4 128MB SSD with the following consistent result
                                  whether hooked up to my mid-2011 iMac or mid-2011 MacBook Air.

                                  Write: 197 MB/sec
                                  Read: 385 MB/sec

                                  Pricey but still the most cost-effective Thunderbolt drive solution AFAIK.

                                  ZoomZoom…

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

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                                  5.0

                                  I have what I need

                                  By Atke

                                  from Istanbul, Turkey

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                        It's really very fast and useful. Transfer speed is very good for my expectation.

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

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                                        4.0

                                        Wicked fast but a bit quirky

                                        By AndyOfLinux

                                        from SF Bay Area

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Cable powered
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • Flexible storage options
                                        • Wicked fast

                                        Cons

                                        • Cable not supplied
                                        • Configuration challenges

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                        The Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121) is the most cost-effective product on the market for adding an external drive to your Mac via Thunderbolt. It works well (and fast!) with a few issues. You DO need Apple's Thunderbolt cable which is another $50. I have tried this adapter with a 1TB Seagate GoFlex 2 1/2" drive and a Crucial m4 SSD 2.5 drive. One nice feature is that you can physically attach a "bare" 2.5" drive to the SATA connector that is "exposed" on the Seagate adapter

                                        One issue I had was attaching the thunderbolt cable to the adapter. It *seems* to connect snugly with a solid "click" BUT sometimes just moving the drive or touching the cable causes the drive to disconnect - with an OS error :( If you disconnect and connect several times and are very careful with alignment, eventually the cable is well mated and the adapter & drive work fine - even when bumped or moved.

                                        Another issue I had was the drive not waking from sleep on occasion. I use Time Machine to backup to the drive and found the drive unresponsive on several occasions after the drive had spun-down. I changed my System Preferences to never let the drive sleep and have had no problems since.

                                        The speed of the adapter & external drive is fantastic - especially with an SSD drive! I ran some benchmarks with the Seagate GoFlex 1TB 2.5" drive and a Crucial m4 SSD 2.5 drive (64GB).

                                        Performance results with both Black Magic drive test and XBench test:

                                        Seagate GoFlex 1TB
                                        R/W
                                        BM: 77 MB/s -- 78 MB/s
                                        XB: 73 MB/s -- 67 MB/s

                                        Crucial m4 SSD 2.5
                                        R/W
                                        BM: 377 MB/s -- 105 MB/s
                                        XB: 259 MB/s -- 98 MB/s

                                        So, I give this product 4 stars as it is wicked fast but took a while to determine the right system configuration and best cable connection method.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        This is what you need for speed!!

                                        By edgarchieng

                                        from Australia

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • No extra Thunderbolt port
                                        • Unable to daisy chain

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                        I have plenty of Seagate GoFlex external harddrives which are connected to the Firewire 800 Adapter. I used these primarily as an external scratch disk for my video editing software.

                                        However I have not been able to find any affordable product in the market that would support the Thunderbolt feature on my iMac. The Pegasus is extremely expensive (can't find any value in here), the next best option was the Lacie, which was half the price of the Pegasus but reviews mentioned about the extremely loud fan noise for the case, so that was out of the window.

                                        Then I found this, a simple Thunderbolt adaptor that fits straight onto your existing Seagate GoFlex harddrive. This is godsend to be honest, it cost less (if you buy with the GoFlex hdd) than half the price of the Lacie.

                                        Now I can enjoy the speed of Thunderbolt without spending a lot of money. If you have Apple laptop or iMac that supports Thunderbolt and need a fast external drive, this is your best option at the moment.

                                        The only downfall (no big deal for me though), is the lack of additional Thunderbolt port for the daisy chain setup. My iMac has 2 Thunderbolt ports, so I can always use the other one if I have to.

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

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                                        4.0

                                        Blazing fast!

                                        By Johnny Cash

                                        from Red Deer, AB

                                        About Me Casual user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Gets really hot

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                        I use it on my MBA 13", and I gotta say it works amazingly fast. Although it won't tell me my transfer rate like Windows would otherwise show, it can transfer my stuff from my hard drive to my external GoFlex (60GB worth of data, mostly movies) in just 30 mins. However, I wouldn't recommend using this baby with Time Machine and watching movies at once, somehow the Time Machine robs up all speed and your movie gets choppy while it backs up, otherwise for dowloading and data transfers, it pays itself in no time, literally.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        Outstanding performance

                                        By Impressed

                                        from Melbourne, Australia

                                        About Me Casual user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • High Capacity
                                        • Portable
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Removable disk
                                        • Super Fast Data Transfer

                                        Cons

                                        • Cable sold separately
                                        • Only one thunderbolt port

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                        I recently replaced my Mac Pro by a Mac mini with a solid state drive and was totally blown away by how fast and completely silent it is for the price. I was antsy about paying for a Pegasus or LaCie external thunderbolt drive and this has been a great alternative: its barely noticeable when the disk spins up and takes around 10 seconds to transfer 1 GB - perhaps not 10 GB per second but still way faster than I'm used to and music and film editing software run without hiccup. Only real con is it can't be chained.

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

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                                        4.0

                                        Works like a charm.

                                        By sink

                                        from Australia

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                          No problems. Attach a GoFlex Drive, connect to Thunderbolt, ready to use

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

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                                          1.0

                                          Quality Control???

                                          By Pete

                                          from Hartford, CT

                                          About Me Casual user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                            • Unreliable

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                              Adapter worked well - for about 10 minutes! It failed and appeared to be overloading the power supply on my MacBook Air. I returned it and, knowing that this is a version 1.0 product from Seagate, decided not to risk trying it again. Instead I have purchased a fast Network Attached Storage (NAS) by Synology.

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

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                                              5.0

                                              a perfect marriage if ever there was one

                                              By hsmithmille

                                              from New York, NY

                                              About Me Power user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Backup

                                                Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                                The GoFlex 4TB truly portable (usb powered) makes an ideal "weekly" to take off site back-up for our MAC Server files backed up via Time Machine raid device. What used to take a day now takes less than four hours. The making the GoFlex one of the first reasonably priced large format drives available.

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                                                • Business
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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                                                3.0

                                                so far so good

                                                By kenson

                                                from NY

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Comments about Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                                so so,
                                                not include cable that is not good!

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