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First introduced in May 2010, the GoFlex family includes both portable and desktop external hard drives that share a flexible design by having two separate parts: the drive and the adapter. The drive part is basically just an internal hard drive housed in a chassis with one side open revealing the internal drive's standard SATA female port. The adapter part has a male SATA connector and comes with a type of peripheral connectivity. When these two parts are put together, you have yourself an external hard drive.

Now, if you replace the adapter part with a slot on computer that's connected to the motherboard, you'll find the new solution very much similar to the Zip drive. The only difference is the Zip disk is now the "drive" part of the GoFlex, and this means there's no discrepancy in regard to storage space between this solution and current internal hard drive, the drive part of the GoFlex is based on internal hard drive. This also means that the drive part can be used anywhere there's a GoFlex slot.
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post #2 of 17
Interesting concept. Too bad it will never take off.
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Fail.
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post #4 of 17
ZIP drives had a failure problem that would destroy disks.

Anyway, the connectivity of these GoFlex drives seems pretty nice.
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This thread is kind of misleading.

In any event, I have a FreeAgent GoFlex and it's pretty cool. My Free Agent Go Dock for the previous models isn't obsolete. That helps a lot.
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post #6 of 17
i have the goflex drives and it works brilliantly especially with esata attachment.

and yes, very misleading title.
Edited by nafljhy - 1/4/11 at 10:25pm
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post #7 of 17
I'll stick to my USB thumb drive, thanks.
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Or you could just tack on a USB controller like every other external HDD and then you can use it on any computer without a stupid proprietary interface.
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post #9 of 17
it works with other HDDs too without any drivers. its pretty cool.
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Oh man, that brings back memories. The days of the zip drive.
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