Summary: keep it flat on the lowest surface/shelf that you could possibly place. Once you purchase it, you have to take care of it very well. Safeguard it and you will still get your stuffs accomplished.
Pros: Lasted me only for up to a year (i think). Sleek, portable but bulky. Promising. It helped me quite a bit. Price was somewhere about 80s (expensive back then).
Cons: If I have not mistaken, I purchased this last year that i rarely even used because I have a hard time to sit all day and organize everything. However, I always noticed that it would always make annoying noise which I got used to after a while. Today, I simply just knocked if off to the side which...
Summary: I have the Freeagent 500 for 2+ years, and that thing worked like a champ. Never had a SINGLE problem with it, and would work in any PC I plugged it into. The same design was obviously not carried forward to the Freeagent 1TB.
Pros: Holds lots of data, and still has it a year later, no corruption yet, looks pretty.
Cons: Loses USB connection. Constantly getting a "MSFT.fil delayed write failed" error, and losing the drive mapping. Need to unplug
Summary: Probably my own fault, but I'm GUESSING it died due to lack of ventilation and subsequent heat build up. After consulting with IT guys at work, my next external drive will have an integrated fan and I will do a better job of keeping it well ventilated.
Pros: Easy set up. Reliable back-up scheduling. Relatively quiet.
Cons: No internal fan. Died after approx 16 months (of course, well past the warranty period). I can hear the internal disk spinning, but nothing happens & the drive is no longer recognized on my PC. Numerous internet blogs about same issue experienced by other Free Agent owners.
Summary: I have the previous iteration of this product (black in color, not silver, with the orange glowing light). I've owned this drive for almost 2 years with no reliability issues. Then, one day, I knocked it over with my elbow while it was resting on my desk. IT WAS NOT DROPPED FROM ANY HEIGHT.
Pros: - Design is pleasing to the eye.
Cons: - Slow to spin up. Takes almost 10 full seconds for Windows to recognize. - Extremely fragile: see below.
Summary: I use this hanging off a USB hub on my AiportExtreme. I set it up for both PC (XP) and Mac access. One partion is used for TimeMachine backups for my iMac, which is wirelessly connected. It powers up for the backups and then sleeps when done. Was super easy to setup and partition.
Summary: Thank goodness my data is still there. The FreeAgent Pro 500 GB was a much better buy and more reliable. I recently replaced it after Seagate Manager (which came with the new drive) told me to but looking in the forums that was apparently a lie.
Pros: Lots of space for a cheep price. Nice looking. Plug and Play at least for a little while. 5 year warranty, can't beat that. It's not Western Digital.
Cons: With in a month of ownership Windows 2008 x64 would not be able to read the drive. Connecting to a different computer resulted in the same problem. I have to unplug the darn thing and then plug the power back in to get it recognized again. Unplugging the USB cable results in Windows not saying th...
Summary: I've owned a bunch of external hard drives, all the big manufacturers. This is my only Seagate, and I've found this drive to be unreliable. Maybe I got a bad drive?
Pros: Looks nice. Not very expensive when I bought it.
Cons: Very very fickle connection. Won't hold a stable connection. Works for a random amount of time, and then the drive disappears from my machine. Thought it might just be a bad usb cable, tried differnt cables, but same thing happens. Will try to see what goes on with Seagate tech support.