Review: Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB

By | Dec 29, 2008

With the fast-moving world all around us, portability is usually the answer to all of our problems. We like things that are big in functionality, but come in small packages. What about all of the large file storage problems though? Seagate has the answer, and so do I. I’m a big fan of portable hard drives, so I was more than ecstatic to check out Seagate’s 500GB FreeAgent Go.

My first impressions upon taking the hard drive out of the packaging were positive. The cable was longer than my Western Digital portable which was good news for me. Forget about the “short cable” complaints from other FreeAgent Go owners. The cable is plenty long. When I plugged in the FreeAgent Go, I was further amazed. The lower section of the hard drive lights up with a beautiful design. The light also fades in and out when hard drive activity is present. This definitely adds the icing on the cake as far as looks, and the dock that accompanied my FreeAgent Go was a great way to show it off to my friends. Both the dock and the spiffy leather carrying case are sold separately.

As far as performance, the FreeAgent Go has nothing to be ashamed of. It spins up quickly and read speeds are fast as well; around 33 MB/s. Write speeds are also up to par. I transferred a 4.37GB movie file to the FreeAgent Go and it took just 3 minutes and 20 seconds, which equated to 21.9 MB/s. That’s a bit faster than my Western Digital Passport which transferred the same file at 18.6 MB/s.

The software that’s included with the FreeAgent Go is quite useful. The Seagate Manager, as it’s called, has many features such as Back-up, Sync, and Encryption. All these features are very user-friendly and couldn’t be easier to set-up and use. For the back-up, all I had to do was select the files that I wanted to be backed-up along with the time that I wanted those back-ups to occur. Then the Seagate software does the rest. The sync feature makes sure that your PC’s most current versions of files and folders are on your FreeAgent Go, which allows you to view your files on any PC. For the encryption, I was able to password-protect any folder that I wanted with 256-bit AES encryption. Also, don’t forget the forever-lasting 5-year warranty that’s included in the package.

Overall, the 500GB FreeAgent Go is one of the best choices for portable storage. The sleek design, the user-friendly software, and the immensely large storage capacity makes the purchase of this hard drive a no-brainer. I had no choice but to give it a perfect 10.

Score: 10/10

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