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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home - Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home

By Hugo Jobling



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Setting up the GoFlex Home is a simple affair, requiring only that you supply a name for the device itself, as well as a username and password for accessing it. The device name should be made something memorable, as you need this to connect to the NAS remotely via the Seagate Share website. Once the GoFlex Home is set-up you can remove the Seagate Share application and simply manage the NAS through the web interface, which is simple, but intuitively laid out and offers all the functionality you'll need.

A seemingly arbitrary limitation of the GoFlex Home is that Seagate limits the device to only three users, unless you purchase a subscription to its Seagate Share Pro service. However, although some will take umbrage with this limitation we doubt any GoFlex Home buyer is likely to need to use it with more than three people - bearing in mind multiple computers can connect using the same user name, albeit without password-protect separate storage areas.

Included in Seagate Share Pro are remote FTP access to your GoFlex Home, remote access to your device from smartphone (from Blackberry handsets to the iPhone), and a few photo-based features. These comprise an RSS feed-builder that will update as new photos are added to your device, a photo gallery powered by Cooliris, and integration with Facebook and Flickr such that images put on your GoFlex Home will be pushed to those services. All nice-to-haves but whether they're worth the $19.99 Seagate asks for them only you can decide.

Letting the GoFlex Home down slightly were transfer speeds of 10.2MB/s when performing an 8.6GB Time Machine backup. This isn't amazingly impressive, but is as good as a number of more expensive alternatives. Throw in the extra functionality offered by the GoFlex Home and the GoFlex Home makes an attractive option.


An interesting, if not necessarily useful design, acceptable performance, and user-friendly interface coupled with competitive pricing make this a good choice for those not after a more fully fledged NAS option.

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  • Value 8

Ionut Borcoman

November 16, 2010, 4:37 pm


From the article I understand that the SATA connector from the HDD is used directly to connect to the dock. Is this correct? According to the SATA spec, that connector is guaranteed to work up to 50 insertions, versus the 5000 for the eSATA. Is Seagate providing any numbers regarding how many insertions the GoFlex Home can withstand?



November 21, 2011, 12:17 pm

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home is a piece of rubbish. DO NOT BUY IT.


March 8, 2012, 6:50 am

Well I brought one of these and I have to agree it is a nice piece of kit but let down by woefully inadequate speeds for transferring files. I have a maxtor sitting inside my pc (also seagate) and that flys at 45mpbs. while I appreciate this is because its internal I can't see why seagate couldnt make the goflex fly. I've been transferring almost a terabyte of information since monday from one partition to the other on the same drive and only get 5mbps. Bad bad bad. I think Seagate have made a bit of a white elephant with this. I think they designed a bad dock and if they could get it faster I'd be chuffed.


March 8, 2012, 6:52 am

Also paying seagate an extra ten bucks for their pro software is a scandal when you've already paid out a large outlay for the goflex

Miranda Virgo

December 20, 2012, 11:42 am

I have had this drive for about a year to back up my WD world book. I know these drives are cheap, but they are absolute junk. Read and write speed is sub 1MB/s and the admin interface always times out. I have reset it numerous times. Time to bite the bullet and buy a synology. The only good news is I should be able to break it open and re-use the 1TB disk inside. This is not fast or reliable enough even for home use.

Jack Gold

March 2, 2013, 6:19 pm

why what happened

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