Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt vs. Seagate Goflex for Mac + TB adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lannisters4life, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    The Buffalo drive seems to get around 100mb/s on both Thunderbolt and USB3, and it's a 5,400rpm drive. If anyone has the 750GB or similar Seagate Goflex for Mac, which I believe has a 7,200rpm drive, plus the Goflex thunderbolt adapter, could you post up what kind of speeds you get? I know neither of these drives will hit either TB or USB3 peaks, but I want to use the TB port out of my display, I have USB devices coming out of my ears. If I had the money I'd get the Lacie little big disk, but alas, I don't!
  2. j1huynh macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I am interested to know which setup is good also?

    Buffalo ministation has 3 year waranty + thunderbolt cable for $229
    Seagate = $100 for Portable Drive, $100 for Adapter, $50 for thunderbolt cable.. =(
    If USB3 in seagate is good enough, then a lot of money saved..
  3. sfxguy macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I get around 140 mbs USB 3.0 on my 2tb WD passport.
    Around $170.
  4. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I have the 1 TB portable Seagate GoFlex drive - the bus powered one.

    Speeds are:

    Read 85 MB/s and
    Write 85 MB/s

    I have also attached a SSD to the adapter - this fits as it seems to have a standard SATA connector.

    Speeds are:

    Read 259 MB/s and
    Write 380 MB/s

    The SATA drive I have used is a Crucial M4 256 GB.

    I also have the Seagate Desktop Goflex drive 3TB - runs off mains power.

    Speeds are:
    121 MB/s read and
    120 MB/s write. I actually think that this is pretty fast.
  5. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Tom's hardware has a good review.
  6. md63 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    I tried using the same M4 drive in the seagate adapter and saw the same speeds. The problem I was having with the Crucial drive was I needed to reboot the computer for it to be recognized. When I plugged in the drive it would not show up on my mac. If I rebooted, the computer would see the drive. I didn't have this issue with three other drives that I was using with the Seagate Adapter. Anyone else having this problem with the Crucial M4 SSD? I called Crucial and they were no help.
  7. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I haven't had any problems at all with the Crucial M4. I am running it on a MacBook Air 2011, with OSX Lion.

    Plugging it in with the OS running and it pops up on the desktop very quickly.
  8. wytwolf macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    I get mid 90's for read and write on my 1TB go-flex with ThunderBolt adapter. Alot faster then the high 20's i was getting with my FW400 my book. Plus the go flex is portable and when the time comes i could put a SSD in the TB adapter.
  9. md63 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Which enclosure/adapter are you running it on? Is it hooked up through Thunderbolt?
  10. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I am using the portable (bus powered) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for Portable Hard Drives, and it is connected to the Thunderbolt port.

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