10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great price, Good drive, Shame about the OSX Software,
This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1000GB (7200rpm) 3.5 inch 16MB USB 2.0 eSATA Hard Drive (External) Europe (Electronics)
This Seagate Freeagent Pro 1Tb I am using with my 13" Macbook running OSX Tiger. The connectivity of this device is wonderful, featuring Firewire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA, although the latter is only available to Windows users. I use Firewire as it consumes less system resources than USB and enables me to reserve the ports for other devices, such as mice and portable flash drives.
The drive itself is very quiet and has a lovely orange-glow about it that is just enough to light the product but not enough to be distracting. It is activated by a touch-switch, similar to those found on JBL's Creature II speakers, or Apple's Cinema Displays.
Installation and formatting for OSX was very simple, but that's where the pleasure appeared to end. The bundled backup software for Macintosh (Memeo Lifeagent) initially took over 9 hours to back up my entire drive (~70Gb) when it decided to crash without even transferring any files over, corrupting the drive and forcing me to use Disk Utility to reformat the drive to get it working again.
After a bit of brainracking it became clear that Memeo preferred to move over small chunks of data at a time as opposed to a full backup. Once this was (finally) achieved it works quietly and very well in the background, constantly updating the Freeagent as the contents of your internal drive change, intuitively removing the need for any scheduling. If your drive is disconnected, it remembers any changes for when it is next connected. This is a great method of backup, but getting to this point was fairly arduous.
For the amount of connectivity and 1000Gb for around £100 (~£0.10/Gb), this drive is great value for money. This, combined with the 5 year warranty is a major plus over the major alternatives (Western Digital MyBooks / iOmega Ultramax), and as such, makes for a very nice external hard drive. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2008 16:13:20 BDT
Obviously, if you upgraded to Leopard (Mac OS 10.5.4) you could use Apple's Time Machine software with this drive. Time Machine works very well, keeping a mirror of your Mac's internal hard drive on your external hard drive, and automatically updating it every hour. Backing up 70GB definitely wouldn't take 9 hours with Time Machine. It would take more like 1 hour, approximately.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2008 21:59:06 BDT
A. Simmons says:
I recently upgraded to Leopard and used a program called SuperDuper! which helped me do a clean install and use the Migration Assistant to bring everything back over. Time Machine does look like a useful application but SD! clones your internal drive and makes your external drive bootable, which is useful for other things rather than the incremental backup which Memeo Lifeagent and Time Machine provide. Each to their own for backup software, the drive itself is amazing.
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