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Seagate GoFlex Desk Kit 2TB USB 3.0 Black External Hard Drive STAC2000106


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(If you don't have to pay tax, this is better than the clearance of this item at Costco, unless their price lowers more.)

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The reviews make me wary. Unfortunate, since this is just the kind of thing I'm looking for.

Complaints seem to pertain to standby function. Seems like windows users can adjust this...


Got one of these at Staples Saturday for $63...just because it was $63

Another tip for windows 7 users...


Chuck said: This drive uses 4KB sectors due to it being over 2TB. 512 bytes has been the standard. Long story short, Windows doesn't like the way the drive is formatted. Windows recognizes it and can view files on the drive, but USB transfers, especially large ones, using Windows Explorer hang partway through and never complete. Transfers seemed to be working fine if I used the software included with the drive, but I did not want something running in the background constantly. I just wanted more storage space to copy files onto manually.

If you want to use this with Windows Explorer, you'll need to convert the drive to GPT (GUID Partition Table). The Seagate software did not recognize the drive after I did this, but I was fine with that.

In windows 7, you can convert your drive by going to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. Find the correct drive, delete all volumes on that drive. Right click on the drive and select "Convert to GPT." Then, create a new partition.

The drive itself now seems to be working perfectly. Seagate should at the very least provide instructions on how to get this to work in Windows. They could have also provided a small utility to convert the drive. I should have not had to spend nearly as long as I did trying to figure out what was wrong.

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