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Seagate GoFlex Pro 500GB Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Review
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Written by Andrew McMaster   
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goflexpro mac 01When transferring data between different OS' usually it doesn't work. The reason? Hard drives don't usually come out of the box working for more than one OS. Most of the time hard drives are designed for only PCs. Well today we will be looking at the Seagate GoFlex Pro a 500GB drive that works for the Mac and has support for the PCs too. With the modular design to support for firewire 800 and USB 2.0. The question is how will it perform? Read more to find out.

 

 

Provided By: Seagate
Price: 139.99

Closer Look:


Features and Specifications:
  • Model Number STBB500100
  • Interface FireWire 800 & USB 2.0
  • Capacity 500GB PHYSICAL
  • Height 112mm (4.14 in)
  • Width 82mm (3.23 in)
  • Length 14mm (.55 in)
  • Weight (typical) 160g (.34 lb)
  • Shipping Weight .39kg (0.86 lb)
  • PERFORMANCE Spin Speed (RPM) 7200 RPM
  • Features Warranty 3 years

  • Leverages all the power of FireWire® 800 connectivity with a fast, 7200RPM drive
  • Lets you take full advantage of your Mac computer's Time Machine® software so you can automatically save and easily recover up-to-date copies of everything on your Mac
  • Comes formatted for Mac computers, but works on PC computers too
  • Makes it easy to read, write and share files interchangeably between both Mac and PC computers with the downloadable HFS+ driver for PCs
  • Includes both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 plug-and-play connectivity


System Requirements:
  • Mac® OS X operating system 10.5.8 or higher, or
  • Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system*
  • FireWire® 800 or USB 2.0 port



Conclusion:
Fast and furious this little guy is. With the ability to connect with FireWire 800 this HD had some fast transfer speeds. The cross OS transfers worked without a hitch. The write and read speed were fairly decent. Not that it is very important for a external drive but it did look stylish and sleek. All in all a great external drive. I hate the fact that Lacie has cornered the Mac market for external HDD enclosures I am glad to see Seagate taking a much needed market share.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Seagate has always made well crafted good quality hard drives and this is no exception. If you need a fast reliable hard drive for you Mac I would say you should pick one up.

Pros:
  • Good read write speeds
  • Supports USB 2.0 and FireWire (optional 3.0)
  • Cross OS support
  • Modular Design

Cons:
  • None so far


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