Seagate sent a us a FreeAgent Go pink 320GB model ($150) for our review, but you can take your pick of four different colors in a variety of storage sizes (250 up to 500GB).
The Seagate FreeAgent Go is an external hard drive that will allow you to easily store your photos, music, data and other files on the go. Small enough to travel with it has enough capacity to hold everything you need.
Capabilities & Dimensions
- USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/
- Compatible with Windows XP and Vista
- Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
- 0.49″ in H x 3.15″ in W x 5.12″ in L (12.5mm x 80mm x 130mm)
- Weight: 5.64 oz (0.16 kg)
Style & Design
The FreeAgent Go is one of the thinnest mobile hard disks I’ve ever seen. The design is very sleek and it’s small enough to fit in a bag or purse to make it easy for travel.
A USB cable is supplied with the FreeAgent Go but there is an optional dock that you can purchase that is especially designed to work with the FreeAgent Go. You can slip the hard drive in to the dock instead of plugging it in to the USB cable. The dock which costs $29.99, also comes with a snug fitting leather case which helps cushion and protect the hard drive while traveling.
When you plug in the FreeAgent Go the front of it lights up to let you know it’s connected. If you’re using Windows you are prompted to install the Seagate Manager software. Once installed you’ll find the Seagate Manager which is very easy to use and not at all cluttered. It’s very simple and to the point (we like that!). The Seagate Manager allows you t0 schedule and configure backups, set-up folders to sync, change drive settings and specify a password for files that you might choose to encrypt.
What we didn’t like
The only downfall I found was that the USB cord is shorter than most. Which means unless you have a USB port in the front of your computer you’ll want an extension or the dock (sold seperately).
It’s affordably priced and provides good performance making it one of the best external hard drive out there. The included software is also quite superb, the best I’ve seen come with an external hard drive.
Service and warranty
Seagate protects the FreeAgent Go against factory defects with an impressive five-year warranty. In addition, the Seagate Web Site offers contains a comprehensive list of forums, knowledge bases, driver downloads, installation help, and FAQs to help you troubleshoot your drive. Phone support is also available via live chat, e-mail, and phone 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.