Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive ST310005FDA2E1-RK (Silver)
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* USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
* Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
* Simple software, energy efficient, and encryption
* Dynamic display, ultra stylish, brushed metal, and flexible
Smart. Simple. Sleek. Store and safeguard all your favorite files, photos, music, videos, documents, you name it in a stylishly designed desktop storage solution that's as powerful as it is beautiful. Compatibility: Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business Service Pack-1; Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition Service Pack-2; Windows XP/Vista; USB 2.0 Port.
Data is becoming more memory consuming. One of the more popular uses of the hard-drive is to store video and HD-video downloaded off the web. Why stick to billions of characters of space when you can easily upgrade to 1 trillion. A trillion is equivalent to 1,000 billion.
Easily store and automatically copy your content for safekeeping and quick access. Computers come and go, but your content should always be nearby. The FreeAgent external hard drive is the best place to gather and access all of your important photos, movies, music, games and documents. Simply plug in the power and the USB cable and you're ready to go. Designed to live peacefully in your home or office, the FreeAgent external hard drive is extra quiet and takes up less room on your desk than a stapler. Even the cable ports are base-mounted, to help keep your desk free of clutter. With more visual and audio data, drive space gets tight. Move up to a trillion bytes of storage. You really do need it. 3.5 Drive Format Weight - 2 pounds (0.9 kg)
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly; a pleasure to use and own, November 21, 2008
By Roger J. Buffington (Huntington Beach, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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I have been a PC nut since the Apple II and original IBM PC, and backup technology is just now getting good for us small office and home users. I have tried tape backup units, DVDs, and other classic solutions, never with real confidence that my data was stored safely. This 1TB HDD from Seagate really is a superb backup unit. On the competent advice of my IT professional, I bought this unit to back up my home office and digital photograph library.
I bought two of the earlier (black finish) versions of this unit, and they too are very nice, and the installation is identical and as far as I can tell, so is the backup software.
The unit is very nicely built. It has a nice silver finish, and is designed to either mount horizontally or vertically, so most users will have no difficulty finding a place on even the busiest desktop for this compact unit. The nice finish combined with the attractive LED lighting make this an appropriate addition to any desktop. Minor quibble: could they not have mounted the little rubber feet rather than forcing the user to do it?
The unit installed effortlessly. You simply plug it into the power supply, and attach the USB (or firewire) connector to the computer. On my Windows XP machine a menu came right up asking me if I wanted to install the backup software with which the unit comes equipped. I let it do so, and in a minute or so the software was installed and the 1TB HDD was shown in my Computer directory as ready to go. No need for reading anything; true plug and play. The unit is quiet and unobtrusive; it just does its job without annoying the user in any way. Nice!
I did install the backup software, and it seems to be very nice. The software enabled me to schedule a nightly backup for every night, and that is an absolute first for me for my home office. A very nice feeling to know that one has one's files safely backed up. And one can easily view the contents of the unit to actually see the backed-up files.
This is a USB2 unit, so transfer speeds are not as fast as a SCSI drive would be, but usually this is not an issue with the type of use I plan, as routine backups and storage in increments does not take long. For my needs, and I imagine for most users, this unit is speedy enough.
Incidentally, the unit is formated NTFS, so no need to reformat it to get rid of FAT32 format as is the case with some drives. It truly was ready to go for my Vista system.
So far I am extremely pleased with this unit. It is a fast, well-built, well-designed and cost-effective solution to mass storage of data.
Answered By: hierarchy - 3/16/2011