While with the Michael’s from BYOB at Fry’s this weekend, I purchased a Seagate GoFlex 3TB drive for my Windows Home Server 2011. At $159, it is cheaper to buy an enclosure drive and pull the drive than it was to buy just a bare drive. Go figure. Anyway, before I crack the case I will give the basic specs and a benchmark test. Read on to see the Seagate GoFlex 3TB drive performance.

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

Love me some Fry’s on a Saturday morning.

Fry's Burbank

The 3TB USB 2.0 drive was $40 cheaper than the $199 USB 3.0 version at Fry’s. Since I was going to pull the drive, I did not care about the faster Seagate interfaces.

http://www.frys.com/product/6297680

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

The drive prices are still not as cost effective as 2TB drives, but if you only have space for one drive then it may be worth it to consider 3TB. You could get 4TB for the same price of 3TB if you get two 2TB drives.

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

The base comes off easily and can be replaced with optional USB 3.0 and FireWire bases.

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

ATTO Benchmark with default USB 2.0 Enclosure

The 3TB drive with a USB 2.0 connection is slow.

Seagate 3TB GoFlex

It took 1:10 to copy a 2.419 GB video file which equates to 34.5 MB/s so the ATTO Disk Benchmark was right on. The Windows speed details were all over the place.

Seagate 3TB GoFlex