Product Type: Seagate External Hard Drive
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Sturdy Seagate Freeagent Desktop 250gb Hard Drive
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250 GB
Member Name: Neo420
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250 GB
Date: 26/08/11, updated on 26/08/11 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable, durable
Disadvantages: Not as portable as a portable external hard drive that is USB powerd
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250 GB hard drive
* Introduction *
Technology moves fast especially when it comes to storage. I remember not to far in the past when I used to backup files onto floppy disks and how even a small amount of data could fill up 30 or 40 floppies. It used to be very time consuming to have to go through and insert each floppy into the floppy drive and then copy the files on and off the computer. You couldn't copy large files like videos or high quality mp3s.
Nowadays, it is much easier to copy large files and carry them around especially with external hard drives that use USB connectors.
My old PC was dying last year and I needed to backup the data and music I had collected over the years off it and onto something else. This hard drive did the job without any fuss.
With this you just drag across the files from within Windows Explorer and you can copy in one go.
* Hardware *
I picked this up second hand so there was no packaging / paperwork with it. It is black in colour and comes with a AC power plug and a USB cable. I would say it was approximately the size of an A5 book. The outer plastic casing of the hard drive feels very sturdy.
* Installation and Use *
I plugged this into my computer and it automatically detected it, displaying a dialog asking me if I wanted to view the files on the hard drive. It had already been formatted so I was ready to use it straight away.
I have used this with Windows 7 and XP and it works fine on both operating systems.
I now use this to backup the files from my current PC on a monthly basis. It doesn't make much noise and there is no real heat produced apart from a slight warming of the outer plastic while under constant use.
* Thoughts *
If I were to purchase another hard drive now, I wouldn't buy this particular one. I have come across external hard drives that are 1.5 tb and my computer hard drive is 1tb. I need a larger drive to fit all my data onto + this particular drive is not really designed to be portable. I don't like to waste electricity and have this plugged in all the time which means I can sometimes get lazy about backing up my files. The power cable this has also makes it more difficult to carry around with me if I wanted to use it at a friends house or workplace etc.
I would purchase a portable 2.5 hard drive that is powered by the USB cable so you don't need to plug them into a wall outlet. You can also leave them plugged in 24/7.
* Summary *
This is fine for someone who doesn't have many files or if you can get hold of it second hand.
Summary: Get this second hand if you can otherwise there are better alternatives
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