Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Go 250GB / 500GB / 640GB
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Review of Seagate FreeAgent Go 500Gb Portable Hard Drive
9 September 2010
Summary: Today for review Seagate has sent me over one of their FreeAgent Go drives, specifically the 500gb version. I’ve taken a look at quite a few Seagate products in the past and I’ve always liked them, the same goes for the one I have today. The FreeAgent Go is small and portable and relatively fast, or as fast as USB 2.0 will get you. It’s a 2.5” drive inside the casing, on that drive you’ll find some very useful software for backups, syncing and even encryption.
Pros: Small and portable, Decent speeds, Comes with Muvee Reveal 8 software, Comes with free Star Trek movie
Conclusion: The Seagate FreeAgent Go is a great portable hard drive with its 500GB capacity, innovative dock, simple design, generous five-year warranty and included software. It gives you just about all you need from a portable external drive—most important, an easy backup solution.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Portable Hard Drive
OverClock Intelligence Agency
8 July 2010
Summary: Seagate has successfully taken a common product and injected new life into it with their GoFlex series of external hard drives.
With most portable hard drives, you are stuck using the original interface the drive / enclosure came with, usually either USB 2.0 or eSATA. USB 2.0 is slow by today's standards but is very common and you can find a port on almost any computer.
Conclusion: The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex is a USB 2.0, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 drive, and eSATA drive, complete with auto-backup. A set of optional adapter cables makes the FreeAgent GoFlex one of the most versatile hard drives out there.
Pros: Interchangeable adapters. Connects to Seagate peripherals, like TV HD Media Player and Net Media Sharing Device. USB 2.0, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 drive, and eSATA connection options.
Cons: Adapters come in only one color. Adapters are extra. Memeo Premium backup is trialware.
Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB Drive with Paramount Movies
13 April 2010
Summary: The FreeAgent Go series of drives have been available for quite some time now, and despite some cosmetic changes and increases in storage capacities, they have remained about the same. While change is generally considered to be a good thing, when you get something right the first time, there is really no reason to change.
While the drive covered in this review may be the same, something has definitely changed.
Pros: » The FreeAgent Go is a great USB 2.0 drive, » Solid performance, » Attractively styled, » Competitively priced, » Price is basically the same with or without the movie
Cons: » Unlocking movie hopefully goes better for everyone else, » Web portal to access movies is compatible only with Internet Explorer 7+, » Movies only play in Windows Media Player 10+ or on FreeAgent Theater+, » Not high definition: Movie has resolution of just 720x300
Conclusion: Seagates revamp of their FreeAgent Go line is a big success. The new drives look and feel like they are meant to last. Their brushed metal appearance makes these drives look sleek and sexy. Want to personalize the drive so more? Then hop on over to MusicSkins and pick out a design for the FreeAgent Go. As more people digitize their lives with pictures, videos and music; having up to 640 MB of storage in the palm of your hand is almost a necessity.
Pros: Well designed, Attractive appearance, Includes backup, sync and encryption software, Runs off one USB connection, Increased functionality with certain Seagate docks
Cons: Separate Windows and Mac versions, Environmentally unfriendly clamshell plastic packaging, Seagate Manager software does not work with Windows Vista 64 bit