07-13-2012 03:10 PM
I have been searching for the 4TB GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 (STAC4000100) for months. I can't find any in stock anywhere. Even the Seagate Online store shows it as "not available." However, The 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB models are in good supply.
So it begs the question of whether the 4TB model is out of production for the foreseeable future or is just on backorder.
Can anyone shed light on the fate of this drive and it's future availability?
07-16-2012 05:26 PM - edited 07-16-2012 05:34 PM
I too would love to know this answer. I currently have 6 of the 4TB GoFlex and need a minimum of 2 more ASAP, in addition to 3 Thunderbolt docks. Unfortunately like you found, there seems to be no easy way to ask Seagate the question of if or when these will be returning to stock - and none of their resellers seems to know the answer either. Very disappointing to me for as much of a GoFlex investment I have.
As an aside, and despite many poor reviews I have read on various forums, I have not yet had a defective unit in either the older version (which I have 5 of the USB 3TB plus FW800 docks) nor the newer version (have 6 - 4TB of which 1 is USB and 5 are FW).
I did note that the part numbers have changed from the model I have to the ones they are showing "out of stock" on at seagate.com as well as amazon and so forth. The USB 3.0 STAC4000100 has been replaced by the STCA4000100 and the FW800+USB 2.0 STBC4000100 has been replaced by the STCB400100. The transposing of letters gets super silly with the Seagate introduction of Thunderbolt combos - on the 3TB the new model is the STBC3000102 (which is too close for comfort to the older FW combo IMO).
Hopefully someone from Seagate will respond with some encouraging words and information.
P.S. Thanks to Steve_FH for raising the issue in the forums.
10-28-2012 08:59 AM
Although they are not shown on the Seagate website - Amazon now has the 4TB USB 3.0 version available for $249 vai Amazon Prime - I received a pair of them last week. They are now called Backup Plus but are exactly the same as the prior GoFlex Desk models, albeit with new software on the drives. For my use, I have never used Seagate's software, prefering to have Disk Utility do the formatting et al - and never had a problem as a result across OS's and external media players.
No sign of the FW800 or Thunderbolt versions yet, but I anticipate that the pricing of purchasing those docks with a USB 3.0 will likely continue to be cheaper seperately anyway.