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Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

by Seagate

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  • Conveniently store all your photos, music, videos and documents in one place thanks to large storage capacities of 500 GB, 640 GB, 1 TB and 1.5 TB
  • Enjoy a sleek, modern design that offers the choice of horizontal or vertical orientation to complement your desktop environment
  • Easily protect your data with automatic backup software
  • Keep your important files and folders private with powerful software encryption technology
  • Sync content between your FreeAgent Desk drive and other portable drives so you’ll always have your current file versions wherever you are.
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSeagate
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions17.2 x 3.4 x 17.5 cm
Item model numberST305004FDD2E1-RK
Screen Size3.5 inches
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB001EASPVQ
Best Sellers Rank 50,557 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 Kg
Date First Available10 Oct. 2007
  
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Product Description

Box Contains

  • FreeAgent Desk Drive
  • FreeAgent software pre-loaded on drive(Windows only)
  • Quickstart guide
  • Base stand
  • Attachable feet
  • USB cable
  • Power supply

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.3 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    124 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Mr Lewis on 7 April 2009
    Software easy to set up - even for the IT illiterate - and not mandatory if you do not want to use it; 5 yr Seagate guarantee worth something to me as I don't want the back up drive to fail; About as fast as USB 2 allows; First back up took ages but subsequent runs much faster as it updates changed files; Keep it unplugged and away from your machine and you have inexpensive "off-site" backup.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ed Sheeran on 21 Feb. 2010
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    Yes nowadays people are obsessed with the size of their Hard Drives, yet few have ever filled them up completely!
    Hence the reason I opted for a cheaper 500Gb drive, my internal drive is also 500Gb so in total 1Tb is very sufficient.

    Non-PC types may find that some reading is required to adjust the preferred way of backing up or syncing files.
    Persons familiar with iTunes should fully understand the 'sync' method of backing up.

    Basically there are two options:

    1. Backup (Makes a complete backup of the system and subsequent backups will copy only files that don't already exist). If you delete files on the PC the same files will remain on FreeAgent.

    2. Sync (You setup which folders you want your PC to 'watch', they are copied to FreeAgent like a backup, however the difference is that any changes to the watched folders performed locally ie. on your PC, will result in FreeAgent carrying out the same procedure. For example, on the PC file A is created, FreeAgent backs up file A, on the PC file A is no longer needed and deleted - FreeAgent then deletes file A.

    It's not as scary as it may sound and my preference is to go with the Sync option because then FreeAgent retains all the files you really want and deletes rubbish as you delete it - that way FreeAgent is tidy and you don't have to delete files twice.

    Performance wise FreeAgent does its job, covertly copying files as and when required without causing any interuption to you or your PC system - it's a handy piece of kit. Obviously if you archive a lot of video files then 1Tb may be required but for photos, music and general files 500Gb is plenty.
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2009
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    Whilst this external hard drive can be used to perform regular back ups using the included software I bought it to store things like photos that I don't want to lose or delete by mistake and also to store a back up image of my hard drives - should the worst happen.

    Easy to connect up, comes with a two pin and three pin power adapter and a quick start guide. Just connected up the usb lead and the power and it installed itself automatically - pretty simple stuff. Initial image back up of my 320Gb system using Seagate's DiscWizard took less than an hour and a half.

    Good enough for me and the 5 year guarantee gives real peace of mind.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 5 Feb. 2010
    For the price this has to be one of the best 500GB external hard drives out there. However, you need to be aware of what you are getting before you buy this product.

    Firstly, if you need to be able to take an external hard-drive around with you (using it like a USB memory stick) then this is not the product for you as it only runs off the mains and it's quite large (imagine a medium sized dictionary).

    I use it simply as a back up device for my laptop and it never leaves my desk. For this purpose it is excellent and comes with easy to use software that allows you to select which parts of your computer you want to back-up. It also allows you to automate your back-ups, which I find very useful as I don't have to remember to do it myself. The software is also very clever in that once you have completed your first back-up it will only back-up new and edited files. So once the initial back-up is completed (for 200GB you are talking around 15-20 minutes) regularly back-ups simply take seconds!

    When connected to the computer it's about as noisy as your average fan-based computer, but honestly there's no need to have it connected the whole day if you only use it as back-up device. I would say it's like a ticking clock - you don't notice the noise unless you are concentrating on it!

    If you are looking for an efficient, reliable back-up device that you are unlikely to need to transport often and with a good amount of memory space then this product is perfect and I would recommend it to anyone!

    One last note: the plug is european, but it comes with an adapter. I have seen reviews which complain about a lack of an adapter, but it's likely that it was overlooked and thrown away by accident. It's not a standard adapter (it's custom built for the plug and very small!)so make sure you look for it, find it and keep it safe while you are unpacking the product!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daytripper on 26 Aug. 2010
    I bought this external hard drive with the view of storing all my holiday/baby photos on and also to back up my laptop so i don't lose any important files.

    Having done this and recently changing my laptop when the old one died i then went back to restore the data from this external drive (which is the purpose i bought it for).

    At this stage i couldn't find any data and was being asked to reformat it to add a partition. Obviously reformatting it will lose all the data so i got in touch with Seagate to ask for help. After exploring things i was told 'this is bad you have lost 500gb of data, you can try our file recovery program on our website which may help otherwise it's lost'. Having downloaded the program and running it, luckily it seems to have found the data but if i want it back i need to buy the program at $150. I got back in touch with Seagate to be told 'all drives fail' and i would have to buy the program which still may not work, or I use their disaster recovery which would start at £200 and could go into thousands!

    To cut a story short; this isn't the first problem i've had with it as my wife saved a lot of important work on the drive only to find she couldn't retrieve it when trying at a later time. Now this!

    Save your money and stick stuff on a memory stick it's cheaper and as reliable. Bad product, Bad customer service!
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