Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (1TB)

  • Category: Peripherals
Last Updated
August 2, 2010

Editor's Rating
3.5 Out of 5

  • Up to 3TB capacity
  • Flexible adapters and internals
  • Speedy performance
  • Supports USB 3.0

  • Adapters sold separately
  • Included backups software is lacking

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The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is a 1 terabyte external hard drive that has some pretty useful features, like interchangeable adapters to change connection types. This external drive has a relatively cheap retail price, meaning you get a huge 1TB external drive without spending much money.

The design of the FreeAgent GoFlex Desk from Seagate is pretty robust, weighing in at just under 2.5 pounds and measuring approximately 6.2 x 4.9 x 1.7-inches. It comes in three different capacities: 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB, but this review was of the 1TB model, but they're all identical otherwise. All models are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7 and Mac OS 10.5 and higher. The drive comes factory formatted as NTFS for Windows, but it can be reformatted to HFS+ for use with OS X. It is also fully compatible with Apple TimeMachine if you should elect to go that route. We do recommend that you use the device in the flat, horizontal position as opposed to the vertical position because it's much less prone to tipping.

The GoFlex Desk has a unique feature that lets users change what connection is used with the GoFlex when connecting it to a computer. It comes out of the box with a USB 2.0 adapter, but there are USB 3.0 and FireWire adapters available and are sold separately. You can also buy the whole device with a USB 3.0 adapter, which is probably most advantageous since that's the newest USB connection, which allows for faster transfer speeds, and is also backwards compatible with 2.0 ports.

The inside of the device contains the internal hard drive, which is just a standard SATA 1TB hard drive, which means users can upgrade the drive to anything they want, even smaller 2.5-inch laptop hard drives. This makes the GoFlex Desk a great device for people who need to work with internal hard drives in an external environment, especially computer technicians and IT professionals.

There are also LED lights on the front of the device that shows the approximate space on the hard drive that's occupied.

Included with the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is the backup software called Memeo Backup. This optional software program offers very basic backup functionality, but is littered with ads and promos to get users to upgrade to the premium version of the software. If you do intend on using this drive as a backup device, you'll want to find another software solution. As mentioned earlier, Mac users can use Apple's TimeMachine backup feature with this drive.

When using the USB 2.0 connection, file transfer performance was very good and seemed as fast or slightly faster compared to similar devices. The USB 3.0 connection further increased performance by quite a lot, so if your computer supports USB 3.0, that's definitely the way to go.

One last note, the drive does get quite hot when under heavy use, so be sure to keep it in a relatively open space with room for air exchange around the unit.

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