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    Seagate GoFlex wifi Satellite external hard drive

    I've been contemplating on whether to purchase the Seagate Goflex wifi Satellite external hard drive. The 32 GB on my ipad2 is simply not enough to store all the movies, home videos taken with the iPad, games and such. I read online reviews from places such as Amazon and Newegg and there seems to be more negative comments about it than there are positives. I was wondering if anyone here has experience using it. If so, what is your honest opinion of it. Worth buying, get something else or hold off for something better to come along?

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    I had one for a couple of weeks and ended up returning it. It worked OK for movies but wasnt worth the nearly $200 in my opinion. A lot of the negative reviews I read were true.

    Cons:
    1. It was slow populating thumbnails EVERY time you turn it on
    2. The file system is as bad as everyone says it is
    3. You cant be hooked to internet and goflex at same time
    4. And finally the most unacceptable con for me was that you cant play movies on the HDMI out adapter like you would with Netflix on a TV or projector. The video only plays in the smaller mirror image version and looks like crap.

    pros:
    1. The video streamed smoothly and looked good on the ipad
    2. It is very quiet and small for a wireless hard drive

    I ended up getting the camera connection kit and just put all my movies on an SD card and transfer them to my ipad now. This way I have pretty much unlimited storage in a much smaller package.

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    Check out the AirStash. I don't' have it, but I believe the reviews are better. It may not have the capacity of a HDD solution, but SD cards would be more flexible.

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    I have both the Air Stash and the SeaGate Go flex

    Both work just fine for me. The Seagate is pricey but it is also 500 gig compared to the much loser cost Air Stash that is limited to the (extra cost) SDHC card's capacity. Start with the Air Stash with a 32 gig SDHC card and see if that solves your problem. It is much smaller and less expensive than the SeaGate
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    I bought the Seagate for my sister and quite the time setting it up.
    1st off most of the files I wanted her to be able to use were avi's. I had to download (buy) Azul player in order to play the avi's. .movs and .mp4 stream just fine from the Seagate. Azul downloads the file off the Seagate on to your ipad then plays them. It works just not as nicely as mp4s. I guess after she fills up her ipad drive she will have to delete the files she doesn't want.

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    FYI, the Buzz Player HD is (so far) the best player I have found for playing (streaming) avi's from the Seagate Satellite.

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    Help

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    FYI, the Buzz Player HD is (so far) the best player I have found for playing (streaming) avi's from the Seagate Satellite.
    Can anyone help me please, I have a bunch of avi files on my goflex drive however only files less than roughly 400mb will play. I try to load a 2 hour 700mb avi file and try playing with buzz player, Oplayer, VLC player and nothing happens at all, it just stays on the segate page and nothing loads, what is wrong !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronicals

    Can anyone help me please, I have a bunch of avi files on my goflex drive however only files less than roughly 400mb will play. I try to load a 2 hour 700mb avi file and try playing with buzz player, Oplayer, VLC player and nothing happens at all, it just stays on the segate page and nothing loads, what is wrong !!!
    Hello Chronicals, welcome to the forum. In a short while, you will soon be greeted by a super moderator. They will give you excellent "welcome to the forums" links. Be sure to read those links as they will give you all the information you will need to participate on this forum.

    Chronicals, you pulled up a very old thread about the Seagate GoFlex drive. There are some newer threads but they do not address your specific question--I too am interested in this topic as I just bought one, it will be delivered Monday, May 7th. I'm doing a lot of searching on this forum and elsewhere to help myself get ready to play with a new piece of technology! I'm replying to your post hoping others with direct experience can help us answer your questions.

    Once again, welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronicals

    Can anyone help me please, I have a bunch of avi files on my goflex drive however only files less than roughly 400mb will play. I try to load a 2 hour 700mb avi file and try playing with buzz player, Oplayer, VLC player and nothing happens at all, it just stays on the segate page and nothing loads, what is wrong !!!
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    I have a goflex and will take a shot at addressing your questions.
    First, connect the ipad to the goflex wifi.
    Then, open buzz player hd.
    At the bottom of the screen, tap the smb/ftp icon.
    The goflex should show up as a upnp guest connection.
    Tap that to connect buzz player to the goflex.
    If you have the goflex password protected, you will be prompted to enter the password the first time you connect, buzz player will remember the password the next time you connect.
    You should be able to see several folders. Just navigate to your movie and select it.

    The goflex app will only play movies with the ipad compatible file extensions.
    Last edited by drb_52; 05-04-2012 at 03:13 PM.


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