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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500103 (Red)

Product Description
The GoFlex ultra-portable drive makes it easy to store, back up and encrypt all your files with its plug-and-play USB 2.0 connectivity, but this is no ordinary external drive. As the core of the GoFlex Storage System, the GoFlex ultra-portable drive is the world’s most upgradable external drive allowing it to deliver a truly customizable experience. Use the standard USB 2.0 interface or upgrade to USB 3.0, FireWire 800 or eSATA by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable. Extend your content beyond your PC and enjoy it on your TV, over your network or on-the-go by using it in combination with other GoFlex products.

Price: $99.98

  • USB 2.0 plug-and-play drive
  • Easy-to-use preloaded backup and encryption software
  • Upgradable to USB 3.0, FireWire 800 or eSATA or access content over the network and on TV

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What customers say about Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500103 (Red)?

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great value for some peace of mind., March 24, 2015

    By Old-dude (Central Idaho) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 750 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA750100 (Black) (Personal Computers)

    We use this external USB drive to store all our important documents, photos, even a backup Operating system. They are fast, quiet and don’t seem to have a heating problem. It is powered by the USB so there are no additional external power cords.
    I got hooked on external data storage in my early days of computing, where I would have to reformat our hard drive annually or even semi-annually due to virus’ and such. We haven’t had the virus problems in recent years due to better anti-virus programs, but I still store my important documents on this compact drive. (I am so paranoid that I backup my backup as these drives are so inexpensive!). Plus, the amount of storage space is absolutely unbelievable. We have volumes of old floppy disks, then zip disks, then CD Rom disks and later DVD storage disks that take up enormous amounts of office space before we found these small external hard drive units.

  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great drive. Skip the backup software., June 24, 2011

    By Perpetual Student

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    This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black) (Personal Computers)

    I’ve been really pleased with this back up my drive. It’s small and sleek looking and operates quickly. My only gripe is the Memeo back up software that it comes with. It’s set to constantly track changes on your machine so that it know what files to back up. That’s nice… I guess… but it seems to be tracking lots of files that don’t matter. A little window will pop up from the tool bar (I use XP), telling me that I have something like 3,000 files to back up after only a few weeks have gone by! I have to assume that some of those are temporary files… or perhaps individual email messages from my Outlook file. The pathetic thing is that the software won’t tell you which files they are. Instead it just tells you that you have a pending back up for your “My Documents” folder, and in my case, my Outlook file. I want more details than that! (For awhile I was really worried that I had a virus on my computer because the number of pending files to backup seemed outrageous). Supposedly you can change which files back up (e.g., to select specific subfolders in My Documents), but when I changed those settings, I got a message that my drive wasn’t properly connected (when it was). After several frustrating attempts to use the Memeo software, I’m giving up on it. The dashboard gives the impression that you can customize your backup, but in reality, you have VERY LITTLE control over the whole process.

    LONG STORY SHORT:
    Buy the hard drive. Skip installing the back up software. Try freeware like SyncToy instead. It’s MUCH easier to use.

  3. 303 of 310 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

    By lasfk

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black) (Personal Computers)

    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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