This Seagate Goflex review may seem somewhat superfluous as we have already reviewed the almost identical USB 2.0 version. However, what that version lacked in speed, the STAA1000101 now has in copious amounts, largely thanks to its new USB 3.0 compatibility. While you will need to check that your computer can support the newer USB 3.0, if you are lucky enough to experience USB 3.0 file transfers first hand, you are most certainly in for a treat: The speed is quite simply blisteringly fast. Seagate ensures that the power of its latest USB 3.0 portable hard drive lives up to the hype.
Here are some of the incredible features of the STAA1000101:
- Lightning fast USB 3.0 transfer
- Backup and encryption software that is pre-installed for you
- Gives you access to your content via TV or other network when paired with other GoFlex products.
If you are an ‘on the go’ type of person and need to have your information with you all the time, then this is the perfect hard drive for you. Not only does it provide you with ample space, it is built with travel in mind. Of course, no one is going to purposely drop, bang or throw their external hard drive, but accidents do happen; and the kind people at Seagate have built the STAA1000101 (through to STAA1000105, which refers to the colors) with accidents in mind. The sturdy build and solid material ensures that the device can survive the minor bumps and scrapes that are bound to happen when you are on the go.
In addition to the robust build, any Seagate Goflex review will tell you that this manufacturer keeps up with emerging technologies. The Seagate STAA1000101 has a connection that is backwards compatible with computers that still have the USB 2.0 interfaces. This shows a commitment to adapting to market changes and means that your external hard drive will be ‘current’ for a long time. So there’s no worrying about technology leaving you behind, and losing data due to advances in design. Not to mention, you won’t need to run out and buy another one in a hurry.
Of course, no product is perfect, and the Seagate STAA1000101 Hard Drive does have its shortcomings; although it must be said that the following is more a problem with the Seagate policy than with the hard drive itself. If you ever have the misfortune of buying a faulty device, which only becomes apparent after you start using it for backing up your work, you will need to purchase the Seagate recovery software, which retails at $100 to $150. One Seagate Goflex review states that the customer services advisor who informed them of this fact seemed not to care, but it should be said that these occurrences are very rare. And even though you need to navigate through a fairly long customer services menu, there are advisors available to help you if you experience any problems with your external hard drive. There is also a lot of guidance online to help you through any niggles, including setting it up and troubleshooting common problems.
All in all, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex has been proven to work outstandingly, and has been designed with a daily use in mind. It is built for purpose and is among the best of its type.