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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB External (USB 3.0) Hard Disk Drive

In the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex family, you can opt for the Seagate GoFlex Desk 3.5" external drive if you want the large storage capacity possible and do not mind a larger form factor. If you prefer a portable drive, then you can go with either the Seagate GoFlex or Seagate GoFlex Pro 2.5" external drives. The difference between the two is that the Pro version has a dock and comes with premium backup and encryption software.

Today, we will be looking at the Seagate GoFlex 500 GB portable external hard disk drive. It boasts the following features :

  • Upgradable to faster USB 3.0, FireWire or eSATA interfaces.
  • Upgradable with a continuous, automatic backup kit.
  • Able to share files by pairing it with the Seagate GoFlex Net media sharing device.
  • Docks directly into the Seagate GoFlex TV HD media player.
  • Option to purchase only the drive (without the cable).

Now, let's take a look and see how this portable hard disk drive fares against the competition!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Comprehensive Review


• STAA500100

Formatted Capacity

• 500,000 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• NA

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Spindle Speed

• 5400 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 8 MB


• USB 2.0 (standard)
• USB 3.0 (optional)
• FireWire 800 (optional)
• eSATA (optional)

Supported USB Transfer Modes

• 5.0 Gbits/s (USB 3.0)
• 480 Mbits/s (USB 2.0)
• 12 Mbits/s (USB 1.1)

Drive Ready Time

• NA

Maximum Height

• 14 mm (0.57 inches)

Maximum Width

• 83 mm (3.19 inches)

Maximum Length

• 111 mm (4.39 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 150 g (0.33 lbs)

Power Consumption

• NA

Ambient Temperature

• NA

Maximum Shock

• NA

Drive Acoustics

• NA

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• NA


• 2 Years Limited Warranty


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