Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Desk External 1TB Hard Drive
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Should have listened to the other reviews
Andre Baros, Amazon
24 August 2010
Summary: When I looked up this item, most of the reviews were negative but old so I thought that maybe the reliability issues were resolved. Apparently not so. In the few weeks I've had it, I've had to use the disk recovery tool 3 times already to fix it and save my data. However, it seams to only corrupt really large partitions since the issues has gone away since I divided the 2TB into six 200-500 mb partitions.
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.
This and the 750 Gb won't work on 2 of 4 computers
12 May 2009
Summary: Bought this and a 750 Gb version about the same time and used them flawlesslessly on my Sony Vaio laptop. I then moved them to my emachines PC and they froze my computer up and the drives became corrupted. I could reformat (yay, hours of work gone), and get it to work again with my Sony laptop. I tried it on a Toshiba laptop...same problem with the emachines PC....froze up, drive became corrupted, had to be reformatted.
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).