Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Portable Hard Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 07-08-2010
Provided by: Seagate
Upgrade Cables

Each upgrade cable kit is packaged in its own individual box. We were provided with a FireWire 800 cable, eSATA cable and USB 3.0 kit in addition to the USB 2.0 cable that comes standard with the drive.

Here we have the USB 2.0 cable. The dock on this cable matches the color of drive you buy. As far as I know, the other upgrade cables are only available with black docks. The USB 2.0 cable is also the only one of the bunch that had a removable plug on the dock side. This could allow you to connect a longer cable if you plan to use the dock with your desktop computer where a longer cable would help with reaching the back of the system.

These photos show the FireWire 800 and eSATA cables. There are a few things to note on these two cables. First, FireWire 800 is only used on Apple products (sans a single ASUS PC board), so don't get this if you have a PC as the connector is different than the standard FireWire 400 one. Second, the eSATA cable is a powered cable, meaning you need an eSATA / USB combo port in order to use this.

Cable length on all of the included upgrade kits is pretty short and is intended for use primarily with a notebook.

The USB 3.0 kit includes a USB 3.0 ExpressCard notebook adapter with a single USB 3.0 port and an extra USB 2.0 cable used to supply additional power to the card. This is a nice addition for early USB 3.0 adopters.

Each upgrade cable has an LED status indicator on the dock portion of the cable that lights up white to show power and flashes during transfers.

Let's move ahead and check out the included software.

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