Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Desk External 1TB Hard Drive
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Really like it, but...
13 January 2010
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. Have also connected it directly to the iMac using Firewire 800, when I needed to restore, after my system started misbehaving. The drive is super quite, and looks great.
Summary: This is not a Linux friendly external drive. Keep getting disconnected from my Linux notebook. I had to use a Windows machine to set the firmware to never spin down in order to work with Linux. It works now, but then I loose the energy saving feature.
Summary: I work in a retail store where this hard drive is very popular. I knew of some common faults with all Seagate drives but I as I could get it for £50 instead of £60 I was willing to be extra careful with it to try and avoid these faults. The common fault being easily fixed doesn't ruin the drive, however, it is just a hassle and a bit annoying.
Summary: This item prooved incompatible with our windows vista system. Once installed and when booting up our system the computer screen did not work. It remained blank, having glitched. We had to switch off the system at the power point as we could not shut it down normally due to there being no icons, prompts and the mouse pointer visible.
Summary: The drive looks fantastic, with a bright blue LED on the front. Which worked well first time, and then only intermittently. The drive would then fail to be detected by Windows, and I couldn't use it without a lot of resetting. If Seagate Quality Control couldn't spot this, I am not relying on their products for backup. Switched (to a Lacie which has been great, so far).