Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Desk External 1TB Hard Drive
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Really disappointing durability
3 March 2011
Summary: I bought this in Feb., 2010 for use with my Mac. It lasted till December, less than a year, when it began to clatter and heat up and was a total failure. Yes, it was easy to install and use while it lasted, but clearly useless after breaking. Disappointing given Seagate's reputation.
Summary: Mine died after a couple of months but really it was only about 10 uses.... probably not up and running for more than an hour or two total. Got all data on it, turned it off and put it away. Couple of months later plugged it back in.... won't load up, not recognized, failed the SeaTools diagnostics miserably. Went from working to nothing without even being turned on.
Michael Durwin "designer - www.eyeanimate.com", Amazon
6 June 2010
Summary: Most of the positive reviews I've read were from those who only had this drive for a short period of time. This is a data storage device, which is something you'd assume could be used for a significant period of time. How untrue. I bought the device a year ago to take the overflow of projects that I work on that range from videos to websites. Several weeks ago the device ceased showing up in my Finder.
Summary: i had this drive for about a year when one day it wouldn't power up. so it thought, d*mn, another failed drive. but i've had other drives fail on me by ezquest and lacie. i tried replugging it about 10 times thinking (or praying) it would start up but to no avail. i had it plugged in with through the firewire port and my friend mentioned that i should try to plug it in with the mini USB so it doesn't require as much power and...presto it started up!
Summary: I needed a drive for storage of fansubs so about a year and a half ago, so I aquired this drive. It worked fine up until the beginning of this week. All of a sudden, it would not be acknowledged by my PC. Maybe I should be happy as I got a longer life than other reviewers but as this had a five year warrantry, it should have lasted a lot longer than a year and five months. Quality device? No way!
Summary: there just hurting there employees by selling this device. by inventing bad device. more people get laid off. the broken devices that have to be sent back well I made FreeAgent pay for my shipping label back to them. & 2 times in a row the device broke. my warranty is replacing it free. its been a pain in the butt because it started making clicking noises & would not write. Transferring rate is Very slow.
Summary: Long time Amazon buyer, first time review writer. I read the reviews on troubles with sleep mode, but since my MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) doesn't sleep (sleep mode is turned off so it can be backed up at night), I thought it wouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, the drive has three times disconnected unexpectedly on me (twice when it was idle, and once when I was using iMovie to capture video).
Summary: There is a long process to get your data back. You cannot afford to have long customer service calls. Power unit of my 1TB external hard drive crashed right after 6 months I purchased it. Since there was no correct/quick response for data recovery, I had to send that for repair. The first condition of repair is no one backs up the data. I was hoping that I will get my data recovered since there was a problem in power unit only.
Summary: Seagate in their infinite wisdom has chosen to build in a form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) that makes this drive worthless for my use. I intended to use it as storage of my iTunes music and videe library. It will not allow mulltimedia files to be written to it. Tried everything I and others knew. (Even my own recordings, Permissions, ownership - nothing worked - failed at the end of every file. Trash! I returned it and bought 1TB Iomega MiniMax drives.
Summary: strangely this drive has mostly good reviews on amazon, but if you go to newegg, you will see how people really like this drive. it is beautiful looking, (aside from the too-bright light), small, fast and quiet. but it broke. after a few months of time machine backup usage, it just stopped working, and started making grinding noises. i have sent it back, and the return process to seagate is easy. but it will cost you $10-$20 to ship it back.