Hands-on: 1TB Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable Drive

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The Seagate FreeAgent Go is a 1TB, USB-powered hard drive that works. What more do you wanna know?

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I just got the 1TB FreeAgent Go Portable Drive from Seagate and I’m impressed. First off, it’s not that large. I mean, it’s sort-of bulky compared to Seagate’s smaller FreeAgent Go drives, but it’s manageable. The drive is just a tad less-thick than the width of a SD card. It has a good amount of weight too it and feels solidly constructed. I like it.

The extra bulk comes from the larger hard drive that Seagate stuffed into this thing. Don’t expect to rip it out and fit it in your notebook.

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The drive came loaded with some autorun software, but I deleted it. Sorry. I hate autorun bullshit on portable drives. Just let me access the file system already.

The good news is that this sucker is fast even though it’s only powered by USB. I transferred a 1.1GB file in less than 10 seconds, which is plenty fast in my book. I’m sure you could probably get a Firewire 800 drive to do it a bit quicker, but I’m fine with the 45~ MB/s throughput of the drive. Personally, I would much rather have a slower drive that doesn’t require a power brick than a faster drive that requires extra cables to run. Maybe if I was in a studio setting I would have a different opinion.

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So in summery, it’s a 1TB, USB-powered hard drive that works. Oh, and it can be had for around $230 online. Anything else? If not, check back later today for looks at the FreeAgent DockStar and FreeAgent Theater+.

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