|Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive-Silver ST903203FGA2E1-RK
|List Price: $128.99
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Take your desktop environment and all of your files to go. The FreeAgent Go portable hard drive can run more than 100 free and pay-to-use applications on any PC without installing or storing programs on the host computer. Carry your browser, favorites, passwords, IM client and contacts, email client, cookies, settings and files; so whether you're using a computer at work, school, a business center, an Internet cafe, or a library, you have your desktop environment there when you need it. FreeAgent Go software lets you carry lots of great programs and all your browser favorites and passwords without having to haul around your computer. Your FreeAgent Go Portable Hard Drive saves all of your private information on itself, not on the computer you're using. That means there's no trace of your last session to tempt the next person on a borrowed computer. It also provides strong file encryption to protect your content, and lets you sync your files from several PCs. It's all about having your desktop environment and latest files with you, whenever and wherever you need them. Designed for mobility, the sleek compact design easily fits into your shirt pocket, briefcase or backpack. Plug in the USB 2.0 cable to a PC and your personal desktop environment launches automatically. Leave no trace of your last session on a borrowed computer Operating System - Windows XP Home, Professional Edition, or Vista Dimensions - Height 0.7 x Width 4.8 x Depth 3.9 (17.7x121.9x99mm) Weight - 6.4 ounces (184 kg)
- Able to take your desktop environment with you
- Save all your private information instead of on the computer
- Protect against unathorized use with 256-bit encryption
- Windows XP/Vista compatible
- Nice companion to my black MacBook!
I compared a lot of portable drives before this purchase (WD, Iomega, Toshiba, OWC, LaCie, G-Tech, etc.) and weighed the pros and cons. I debated over USB -v- USB/Firewire combo drives. I considered drives specifically formatted for Mac. Focusing on my particular setup and needs, a black MacBook, Time Machine backups and my esthetic, I opted for the Seagate. My experience with Seagate products in the past has been positive and there didn't seem much of a reason to go for a combo drive if I was primarily using the drive for Time Machine backups. If I was planning to edit video or audio from the drive I might have put more thought into a multi-connection. The drive powers just fine off of either of my usb ports and though I haven't benchmarked it or anything, I'm not unhappy with the speed. The color and finish is identical to my Macbook and compliments it well. Even the little spot pattern lights up in similar fashion to the apple on the back of my MacBook. The included cable is about a foot long, which is my preference. For a 5400 speed drive the 8MB cache is a nice step up from some of the competition and the housing is aluminum (good for cooling) unlike some of the plastic offered elsewhere. If I had one gripe it's that there is no case included, thus the loss of a star. If I could give it a 4.5 I would. I'm debating getting the docking station, as it comes with a case. A nice case alone is almost the same price as what people are asking for the dock kit. Not too mention, at the time of this review, they are offering free docking kits and free shipping if you order direct from the Seagate website. I got mine here at Amazon because I had a bunch of credit to use. Wish the docking stations came in black too. The Mac version of this drive is cool, but as I don't have a FW800 port, it didn't seem worth the extra cost and size. This drive comes formatted for Windows in NTFS out of the box. For those concerned about formatting it for a Mac, I plugged it in and opened Time Machine which found it and offered to reformat it straight off. You can also use Disk Utility directly to reformat. So there you go. We'll see how it performs over time. I'll post any problems if they arise....more info
- Died after just a couple weeks
My Free Agent Go 500GB died after just a couple weeks of use. Worked fine for awhile and then no matter what PC I plugged it into, no lights, no drive detected...nothing. Tried a different USB cable and that didn't help. Went to Seagate's support website and that did not work either. Tried to post to the community forum for help but could not register. No matter what email address I used Seagate said "this email is already in use". If I tried a "forgotten password" etc. I got a message saying that Seagate's system was having technical problems and to please call or email support.
Frustration at every turn. Will return this piece of junk to Best Buy tomorrow and try a different brand. I don't know which was more frustrating. The drive itself or their malfunctioning support website....more info
- No easy way to remove the drive
For the low price, I'd overlook a common problem: the drive cannot be easily removed.
Iomega and Buffalo are two notable example of 2.5" products that can be easily removed in case the USB/FireWire controller malfunctions and the drive still works. No one should send the drive out with data in it.
The top aluminum is thin enough to be an insulator rather than heat sink (aluminum dissipates well if it is thick, but it becomes the opposite when it is thin). I haven't opened this unit yet, but I wonder if the aluminum skin is adhered to the drive with heatsink paste. The aluminum top cap is glued to the bottom case though.
The drive inside is 9.5mm (0.375") and the case is 0.49", so there is really wouldn't be much air space between the drive and the top aluminum skin after you add the bottom shell and PC board.
It does operate on the hot side, similar to other brands. My experience with the 500GB (same enclosure) is not the same. The 500GB is cooler for some reason....more info
- Very happy with purchase
I bought this drive as a portable alternative to my LaCie d2 backup drives. I also have to admit liking the styling and build quality -- it feels solid enough (though clearly not a 'tough drive') and I saw no reason to have something ugly sitting on my desk when it was in use.
It's a portable drive so you obviously don't get the sustained throughput of a full-sized HDD, but given that it's small and light enough to be negligible as a factor in carrying to and from work. I'm guessing that the power draw of the drive is sufficient that you'll want to check all of your USB ports when you connect it up: I found that one of ports on my laptop couldn't supply enough power, but the other one did. You also want to use the shorter cable supplied rather than one of the potentially more convenient long cables that you might have lying around.
All in all, very happy with my purchase....more info
- I WANT TEN MORE OF THESE HARD DRIVES
I love this portable hard drive. I have previously been using the Western Digital My Book external hard drive to store all my music, video, and picture files but I was having a hard time with it because of its bulkiness. I own a laptop and I use this small laptop table which could hardly fit anything on the surface besides the laptop and mouse. But this hard drive is so small that it fits right there on the laptop tray too making my files easily accessible. Its small sleek design makes it easy to carry around also if I need to bring it somewhere. It's very easy to use too. I just plugged it into my USB port and it was ready to go. The file transfer speed didn't take too long and it's very quiet too. I would definitely recommend this product! ...more info
- A Crack in the Dam
The product is sleek, small and impressive. However, after working for 2 weeks, it stopped working in two areas. The toolbar icon would not turn off red; the automatic backup stopped working. Research on the web indicated that one of both of these problems had occurred with others who had purchased this Seagate model. Worse, I was on hold for over 2 hours with Seagate and still no one picked up. The buying/usage experience was a total downer. Bill...more info
- so far so good
so far so good. so slim, so small, so black.
using the pc version on my mac and pc so far...more info
- smart back up
Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive-Royal Blue ST903203FBA2E1-RK
I never write reviews, but this product is excellent! This hard drive is exactly what ext hds out to be in that it of course has lots of external storage, but also an outstanding GUI to sync your information. The management software looks for changes on you computers and if you set it accordingly (which is default) only writes the changes to your Seagate drive. For example, the first time you install it, Seagate asks what you want to save (My Docs, Desktop, etc.), it then saves this information to the drive. Then, the next time you plug it in, or on schedule, it looks for changes that you saved to your computer. This way it saves only the new files, and preserves your free available space on the drive and more importantly maintains a coherent view of your data.
Another plus: it uses a mini USB plug for its connection and power (only one cord needed). This is the same plug size for Blackberry, Motorola Razor and other things. So I use these cords interchangeably all the time.
Excellent, highly recommended!!!...more info
- Fastest bus-powered drive I've used
I own two portable hard drives, a WD Passport 230GB and a new Seagate Freeagent Go 500GB. The Go, with the option of using a dock (sold separately) is the more convenient of the two. The Go is also significantly faster in read/write access times. The Passport tops out at ~7Mbs when writing, the Go has topped out just above 12Mbs when writing.
Also, the Passport does not power down when the computer is turned off, the Go does. The Go replaced the Passport, it's even using the same USB socket, so that is not a factor in the differences....more info
- Great little portable drive
Smaller even than I expected, quiet, and fast. Just backed up the entire contents of two computers, barely making a dent in the 500 gb drive. I am also planning to use it as direct storage for large camera RAW files. Comes with a very simple to use backup/restore manager, that you can set up for automatic or manual backups and file syncing between computers. A perfect size to slip into a purse or even a pocket. Solidly made, with a rubber backing on the bottom; comes with a blessedly short USB cord.
The one comment I have for makers of portable drives is that it would be a nice amenity if these came with a light case (such as a microfiber sleeve). ...more info
- Seagate is a terrible company.
I've purchased a Seagate drive in the past and it had to be replaced over 5 times. within a year.
Totally unacceptable. Guess why the sale price is so much...more info
- Good Product
Hard drive works great. Got it for my wife who is not very good with a computer, so all we are doing is cut & paste. The software is build inside the hard drive, but she will find it easier to just cut & paste....more info
- first external hard drive
So far, so good. These things are a mystery to us, and so far this one is amazing in its ease of use and its capacity....more info
- Working well for me
I've never purchased an external drive before and I decided to go with Seagate because other people gave it good reviews. My music collection was growing and using up the storage space on my laptop so I wanted to move my music files onto this device. I had to do some experimenting using my Zune progamming and syncing but that had nothing to do with this external drive. Its icon and the files it holds is simply there when I plug it into a USB port. So far so good....more info
- pretty sweet
It looks nice, feels well made, and works?
Yes, it has a small USB cable, but they ALL do these days. :[...more info
- Sleek and Excellent!!
I love this little Go drive. It's design is excellent. So small, so quiet and USB powered! I like the all black color as the other colors have white on the sides which I did not find aesthetically pleasing, but that's all personal taste. Product design that compliments the Macbooks nicely!...more info
- Excellent drive
The drive works great. I attached it to the back of my laptop monitor with velco so the short USB cable is perfect....more info
- Great, Works with Vista 64bit
Well except for the File Manager program. When installing it says only works with Vista 32bit.
You can still use the HDD tho & it works. Just click Computer & drag your files to Free Agent Drive(F). Remember to right click FreeAgent Drive(F) & click Safly Remove after your done :)...more info
- I like it
I like this a lot. I had gotten it for my netbook, so I could have more space to save my photos or home videos on and it works like a charm. It's fast and all. I would suggest this to anyone. It's a wonderful addition to a netbook user who wants more space :)...more info
- Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB
1. Looks great, functions great, and very portable. No complaints.
2. 298GB, not the advertised 320GB. Insert "industry measuring differences... blah blah... bytes vs bits... blah blah... everyone does it... blah blah..." here.
3. Seagate manager software is not compatible with 64-bit Vista; only important if you don't have a different "back-up" utility....more info
- Good Little Backup Harddrive
I started backing up my data as soon as I took it out of the box. The included software worked well and the backup was simple. So far the drive has worked well, but I've only used it twice. I'll provide another review in a year and let you know if things are still working OK. ...more info
- Great Price - Great Drive
I am really pleased with this drive so far. I like the price, the overall good reviews, and the fact that this drive is so much smaller than my last external drive. The drive is very quiet and is really portable. ...more info