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Seagate Pushbutton Backup External Hard Drive 500 GB

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      20.09.2008 08:35
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      If you want a bargain hard drive find one of these

      If you read all of my reviews, I claim to own lots of different hard drives. Well, because of what I do for a job, it is essential for me to store and more importantly backup data on a regular basis. I also tend to buy different brand drives, to avoid buying into a bad batch.

      I purchased this Seagate Pushbutton hard drive when they were discontinuing them, paying £79 from Ebuyer. It arrived quickly and was very easy to set up, out of the box and running in under five minutes.

      Let's get the bad bits out of the way first. The outer casing is plastic. Yes, lots of drives have plastic casing, but this feels really cheap. Almost as though you could push the side of the case inwards and touch (or crash) the hard drive.

      Now onto the good bits. The hard drive looks nice and is a nice size. If they were still readily available I would buy another one or two, to stack on top of each other. The connections on the back are nice and sturdy. The power on button is easy to use, pressing it in for just over a second to turn on, the blue LED then lights up. This blue LED also flashes to indicate drive activity. In use the Seagate is very quiet and at night, when my iMac goes into sleep mode, the hard drive spins down and is silent. This is how hard drives should behave.

      Add to this equation the fact that it performs really fast (I use the Firewire 400 connection) and the bargain price and you really cannot go wrong.


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