Pros Large capacity. Nice design.
Cons I cannot count them all. When I had my iMac repaired they plugged in the Seagate drive and found it to be under powered thus causing it to act very strangely and duplicate it's icon on my desktop over and over. It was like it was shutting itself off then
Summary As I said, no more Seagate drives for me. I spoke many times with people at Seagate (never the same person of course) and they all had different "guesses", as to what the problem was and what I should do. Nothing worked. I wasted my money on this thing...
Pros 2 TB Size
Relatively Fast Transfer (USB 3 Dock using backwards compatibility.)
Nice Design (Form Factor is nice, Capacity Light is nice)
Quiet (Not Audible in my living room, Barely Audible in Quiet environment.)
Cons Persistent Firmware Issues
Lack of Off Button
Apparent Lack of Priority Given to Fixing Glitches (on part of the company)
Summary To start with the good; the Drive is a great size, features USB 3.0 (Slightly more expensive cradle), it looks good and is quiet. I will also add it doesn't seem to heat up much if at all.
I would NEVER suggest to buy this drive for the purpose of using it with a media streaming device. (Ie. PS3)
This series of drives has a persistent firmware issue, it will not turn off. This relates to use with any other device than a sedentary computer.
To be precise, the drive once configured and installed, will function properly and turn off if ejected from your machine. However on both Mac and PC the drive will spin back up if you attempt to remove the USB while the device is plugged in. (Meaning if you eject the drive, to keep it dormant you must unplug it before physically removing the USB.)
The Problem persists if you turn your computer off as well, obviously the drive seems to detect the lack of current. There is no way to prevent this, I have a Mac and it says it is tied to the power save settings, however no change to that panel seems to affect the drive. Once it spins up with my PS3 it will not spin down. I have also gone through multiple forums and have gotten the attached software (PC only) which is supposed to control this feature, (after installing it on my old PC) it still does not remedy the problem.
Bottom line this drive has some very weird issues (all of which could be fixed by a physical on/off switch.) And after looking into the problem, it seems to have persisted through the last two versions of this breed of GoFlex.
I wouldn't suggest this drive, unless they fix this issue, because with the drive running constantly it is bound to break down or wear out far faster than other drives.
Pros None unless you need to weigh down some papers.
Cons The 2TB SeaGate drive doesn't stay mounted on the Mac. It constantly disappears from desktop. Check user forums on SeaGate if you want to see how bad the problem is. They issued a workaround that actually keeps pinging the drive just to keep it alive
Summary This is a product that was faulty the day it was shipped. They should have recalled them and issued replacements. Instead they keep stalling and offering workarounds that will literally kill the drive over time.
Pros None that I can think of.
Cons The drive developed bad sectors almost immediately and had to be completely reformatted within six months of very light use. After reformatting it, the bad sectors persisted and after a little more than a year the drive failed completely. This is a suprem
Summary I will never purchase a Seagate product ever again. If Seagate were in the pharmaceutical industry they would long ago have been sued out of existence for wrongful death and gross negligence
Pros Hardware may be OK, software is suspect, Seagate's contact information in the UK is incorrect (US numbers only). Phone is premium cost number only. Far to much to search why my just purchased drive needs software re-loaded every time I attach.
Cons Just a big mess with many hours wasted to no advantage
Summary Please stop this bad apple from ruining the industry!