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Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Xstra Digital Storage|
|Data Transfer Rate||60 MB per second||625 MB per second||4,915.2 MB per second||—|
|Hard Disk Rotational Speed||—||5,400 rpm||5,400 rpm||5,400 rpm|
|Hard Disk Size||1,000 GB||1 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Item Dimensions||3.37 x 17.2 x 17.5 cm||11 x 15 x 4 cm||1.52 x 12.19 x 8.13 cm||4.8 x 15 x 17.8 cm|
|Item Weight||1 kg||—||181 grams||1 kg|
|Memory Storage Capacity||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Size||1 tb||1 TB||1 TB||2000 GB|
|Special Feature||—||Hot Swap Function^BUS powered||USB powered^Yes||—|
Size Name: 1 tb
The Seagate FreeAgent family of storage solutions offers a variety of powerful yet simple ways to store, safeguard and easily access all your photos, music, videos, and documents. Choose from a variety of big capacities up to 1.5 TB, and experience the fastest data transfer speeds today with multiple interface options. Environmentally smart utilities help save energy with an auto-sleep mode for inactive periods. Enjoy sleek, modern designs that complement your lifestyle whether you need the ultimate in mobility with the first storage docking station ever, making fumbling cables a thing of the past, or have the never-ending desire to maximize your workspace.
The Seagate FreeAgent family of storage solutions offers a variety of powerful yet simple ways to store, safeguard and easily access all your photos, music, videos, and documents. Choose from a variety of big capacities up to 1.5 TB, and experience the fastest data transfer speeds today with multiple interface options. Environmentally smart utilities help save energy with an auto-sleep mode for inactive periods. Enjoy sleek, modern designs that complement your lifestyle whether you need the ultimate in mobility with the first storage docking station ever, making fumbling cables a thing of the past, or have the never-ending desire to maximize your workspace.See all Product description
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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.
This item appears to do what it's designed to, and if you're reading this you'll know what that is - it provides an onsite backup facility. (Which won't be much good if your house burns down)
There isn't a full terabyte available. The disc comes with software aboard it rather than on an accompanying CD, and this occupies some space. I might offload this to a CD yet, but it's going to take me a very long time indeed to take enough pictures and obtain enough music files to fill up this great yawning chasm of storage space even so.
The backup software provided seems to work well enough. (You have to run an install routine to your PC - the software doesn't function from where it is!) If the PC is not turned on when the backup's set to run it does so next boot. I've set it to do this daily as my photography means irregular but up-do-daily additions. As yet I have had no need to restore from the backups made so can't comment on that function, but I suppose that due to its raison d'etre it should be easy enough to restore to another machine, given that the main store might fail terminally.
However, there is a design fault with this item that's commonly reported around forums etc. It relates to booting your machine with this thing hooked to one of the USB ports. Briefly, it halts the boot when devices are being identified, and just hangs there. So it's necessary to pull the USB plug till boot is over, or at least till the BIOS device ID routines are through. My desktop machine is an elderly MESH running XP Media Centre with all updates present. Can't comment on any later system, or indeed on Mac OS operation.
There's no workaround to this except unplugging/replugging, from what I've read.
As the price was one I could afford without too much of a stretch, I'm prepared to live with this. Others may not be. Can't say I'm happy about it - it's a configuration design issue that should have been foreseen before production started.
The disc itself is very quiet. There's an illuminated pattern on its front face that comes on when the PC is booted so it autosenses bootup
I guess the major issue with any onsite backup is that it will only save your data if the main PC goes down. Not if your house burns or floods, or gets robbed. If you have pro leanings for your data I would not depend on this kind of backup - I'd pay for an online system as such data is often what income depends on, but if you're a pro you will already know these things. Can't hurt to add this anyway.
Giving this three stars only because of the startup inconvenience. If not for that I'd have been more generous.
They are simple to use and include software for automatic backing-up or you can ignore the software and just use the drive as it is. The drive is quiet in operation and comes with it's own power supply. It can be positioned vertically on the supplied stand or placed in a horizontal position to suit your desk space and setup. The USB connectors are standard with the connection on the drive a USB mini and the cable included is a USB to USB mini.
Even reliable manufacturers like Seagate will have drives that go wrong (always assume that all of your hard drives will break at some point and make sure that your data is backed up properly!) so it's reassuring that this drive comes with a 5 year warranty.
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