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Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB review

Can this 4TB external drive stand out from the crowd?

Our Verdict

For

  • GoFlex for versatile connectivity
  • Massive capacity
  • Runs very quietly

Against

  • Easily collects fingerprints

For anybody who thinks all external hard drives are the same, you've clearly never seen Seagate's GoFlex range.

GoFlex's ports are built into a removable section that plugs into the main body of the drive using a SATA connector. This can be replaced with another adapter offering a different connectivity technology.

The model reviewed here is USB 3.0 (so Mac users can only get USB 2.0 speeds), but if you'd rather use FireWire, you can just buy a new adapter. A Thunderbolt version will no doubt follow soon, as it has already for portable GoFlex drives.

The drive is NTFS-formatted out of the box, and comes with a driver so Macs can both read and write this popular PC protocol. Or you can effortlessly reformat it to Mac OS using the bundled setup assistant.

Backup and drive management utilities are also included, and there's an LED capacity gauge on the front of the drive, so you always have an approximate idea of how much space remains unused. And at around 17.5p per GB, it's pretty good value for money considering its capacity.

In our QuickBench tests, Seagate GoFlex Desk managed to achieve random read speeds of 14.237MB/s, and random writes of 19.312MB/s, which is about what you'd expect for a drive running at USB 2.0 speeds.

In fact, the only drawbacks with this hard drive are fairly minor in that the connectivity unit is difficult to pull free, and it picks up fingerprints extremely easily. However, as it spends most of its time sat on your desk, neither of these problems is particularly significant.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyFreeAgent GoFlex Desk
Drive Width3.5"
Brand NameSeagate
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity4 TB
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0, FireWire/i.LINK 800
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
ColourBlack
ManufacturerSeagate Technology
Product ModelSTAC4000200
Product NameFreeAgent GoFlex Desk STAC4000200 Hard Drive
Package TypeRetail
Product LineFreeAgent GoFlex Desk
Manufacturer Part NumberSTAC4000200
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.seagate.com
Marketing Information

The GoFlex Desk external drive gives you plenty of storage capacity and it's easy to upgrade to any interface you choose. Simply pair the desktop hard drive with a GoFlex USB 3.0 or FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter to increase your performance by up to 10 times. Works interchangeably between a PC or a Mac computer.