Monday, January 18, 2010

REVIEW: SeaGate FreeAgent Go

As I write this review, I’m going to do my absolute best at keeping it simple. Mass majority of people don’t understand ‘tech terms’ and therefore miss out on what is imperative to know. Recently I was given the opportunity to review the portable Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB.

Seagate FreeAgent Go has several different storage sizes:
250 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB, 640 GB, 750 GB and 1TB

Here’s a list of what the FreeAgent Go 320 GB entails:
1. Holds up to 102, 400 pictures.
2. Holds up to 80,000 MP3’s
3. Holds up to 320 hours of Video
4. Encryption Technology

Colors available: Titanium Silver, Tuxedo Black, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Ruby Red, Solar Orange, Forest Green, Think Pink, Champagne Gold, and Spring Green. This is helpful for not only getting one in your color of choice, but also a way to assist you in differentiating between multiple drives. Perhaps you want one strictly for photos; one for Mp3’s; one for videos, etc.

Software: It is included on the drive.
No more missing software CD’s.

Dimensions: 3.15″ Horizontal x 5.12″ vertical x .49″ in depth
It’s very compact.
Dimensions slightly vary on the 750GB and 1TB

Weight: .35lbs
Ladies, you could easily carry this in your purse or briefcase. Men, you could put this in your back pocket or briefcase.
Weight slightly varies on the 750 GB and 1 TB

Requirements: Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate or Business Service Pack-1
Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition Service Pack-2
Windows 7 Operating System (32-bit & 64-bit)
One USB 2.0 Port

What’s in the Box: FreeAgent Go drive
FreeAgent software (pre-loaded on drive/Windows only)
Quickstart Guide
Flexible USB travel cable - 18″

Optional Accesories: Dock
Warranty: 5 year limited warranty

Ease of Use:
From the moment I took the SeaGate FreeAgent Go out of the box it was plug, play and breathe. Prior to this I have yet to find an external hard drive that was so easy to use that even those who are not tech savvy, on any level, would be comfortable in purchasing and operating. If only every high-tech gadget were this simple to set-up as even I am only moderately savvy in that regard.

I’m using my Seagate FreeAgent Go using the Windows 7 operating system.

The FreeAgent Go immediately begin to download it’s software, upon my authorization of course, and the process was finished within a few short minutes. I decided to store my numerous photos on the drive as one of my worst fears is losing them on any level.  It’s always the first thing I think about if my computer and/or laptop are giving me any bit of problems.

In less than a total of 3.5 minutes I had taken the SeaGate FreeAgent Go drive out of the package, quickly briefed the start-up guide, plugged it into my USB port, downloaded the installed software; 3.5 minutes!

Upon completion, I unplugged it, placed the drive in a drawer and I was complete. It was that easy! And my photos were now safe - I felt like a tremendous weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. Thank you for the peace of mind.

One thing, in particular, that I really like about the SeaGate FreeAgent Go is the metal casing. Most external hard drives are made of plastic. In fact, I can’t think of any off the top of my head, that aren’t. A few unexpected and accidental drops and the casing ends up looking as if it was put through a space-aged war. If I’m going to spend good money on a product I need to feel confident that it can uphold to my once-in-a-blue moon “I can’t believe I just dropped it; did I just break it?” moments.

With not only the numerous different color options the design of the FreeAgent Go is extremely sleek. It actually looks high-tech. I can almost picture it in a major movie as the item that all of the bad guys are trying to get ahold of; yes interesting how my mind works - isn’t it? Perhaps I can become the FreeAgent’s… agent. Anyway, even the pin holes which allow the FreeAgent Go to breathe, are placed in a nice design on the top. My point is that there was a lot of thought on how to not only make this drive easy to use, but easy on the eyes as well.

Overall Opinion:
I really, truly like the SeaGate FreeAgent Go. I feel confident that it’s going to work properly, protect my files and save me a lot of time and frustration. Not to mention make me feel as if I’m ahead of the grade, compared to all my tech-savvy friends, as they have yet to make this discovery. My only suggestion to SeaGate would be to perhaps add in the case as part of their incredible package. You can’t fault me… I really want to give my FreeAgent Go that extra-protection. You know, for those once-in-a-blue moon “I can’t believe I just dropped it; did I just break it?” moments.

Disclaimer: To keep within the FTC guidelines it is my duty to disclose that I did receive a 320 GB SeaGate FreeAgent Go for review purposes.


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