About 2 years ago I bought a Seagate GoFlex External Hard drive 500 GB for my backups and to also backup computers I might be working on. It lasted about a year and suddenly died with out warning. I contacted Seagate and jumped through all their hoop's and ended up shipping it back to them. They replaced the harddrive and sent it back. That was March of last year. Today I went to access my back up files and you guessed it, it is dead again.
I have a Western Digital 80 GB I bought about 5 years ago and it is still going strong and I have totted that thing all over the place to do different job's and it has been banged around in the car etc. The Seagate has only been sitting on my desk. My recommendation is to stay away from the Seagate GoFlex Desktop.