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Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB Portable Hard Drive

Performance

Performance-wise, you really can’t ask any more of the drive.  Even a slow drive should be able to use all of the available bandwidth of the USB 2 interface.  We plugged our drive up to our USB 3.0 interface (just because the NEC chipset performs so much better than most motherboards’ integrated solutions).  According to ATTO, the drive has a consistent 36MB read and write speed.  These results were confirmed with HD Tach, which resulted in a 37.9MB/sec transfer rate across all sections of the drive.  We usually see a curve of less throughput as the head reaches the inner area of the platter (the bits don’t fly across the head as quickly as they do on the outer edges), but even this “slow” area is enough to saturate the USB 2.0 interface.

 

The short of the performance test is: This is the absolute best speed you can get from a USB 2.0 drive.

Seagate stands behind their FreeAgent Go series so much that they also offer several handy accessories.  Instead of a USB cable, you can plop your drive into a DockStar, which gives you a few additional USB ports and a few media features.  There’s even a media dock that works with this drive series, the All in all the Seagate Freeagent Go 500GB Hard Drive is a great device to have around.  It performs as well as you could expect from any USB 2.0 device, is very portable, doesn’t produce much heat, and looks great.  It’s great in a pinch for backup, movie overflow, or just snorking up files at the LAN party.

REPORT CARD : Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB Hard Drive
category rating comments
Quality 5 Nice looking aluminum plate that doesn’t scratch easily.  Hard drive is backed by a 5-year warranty
Innovation 4 Rather simple design, but well-implemented.  Included software really isn’t very useful.
Performance 5 As much as you can expect out of USB 2.0
Installation 5 Plug in and go.  Very easy
Value 3 About the same price as other 2.5″ 500GB hard drives.
FINAL VERDICT: 4 out of 5 stars
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