Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

Stylish looking portable disk drive, let’s have a look at this chic little device.

The Package

The Seagate FreeAgent | Go comes in a clear hard-plastic case, inside there’s only the drive itself, a USB cable and a user guide.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

A small and sleek device, here’s what it looked like compared to some other devices. On the left of it, is the Maxtor Basics 750GB and on the right is my Nokia N81 8GB handphone.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

The patterns along the top of the FreeAgent | Go lits when connected to any any USB port, of course when I say USB port I’m referring to a device that’s already powered on.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

More details of the product at the official product page.

Installation

Very simple – Plug the power, plug the USB – and that’s it!

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

It works great on Windows Vista where I tested it on,

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

it even came with the Seagate Manager on the disk that allows more efficient use of the device by allowing to sync with the data on the local hard drives.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

I like how they included the icon so that it has an icon of its own as it appears on Windows. Mac recognized it without a problem, minus the icon.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

However, I had problem using it on Mac OS X, it just refuses to allow me to do anything with the files such as deleting it. Apparently there’s a version for MAC.

Test Driving It

4.7GB worth of data was used for the data-transfer test.

Seagate FreeAgent | Go 320GB Portable Drive Review

Total Time Total Data
4 minutes 30 seconds 4.7GB
1 minute ~1.04GB
1 second ~0.0174GB

So that comes to about 17.4MB per second.

Hard disk manufacturers always report hard disk sizes using the 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes method but fact of the matter is that 1 GB is actually equal to 1,073,700,000 bytes, hence you get the reading above. I just simplified the equation.

Conclusion

Silent, small, sleek and not requiring any power adapters, unlike the Maxtor external drive I reviewed earlier.

I like this one a whole lot more. 🙂

The RRP for the 500GB unit is RM 410 and the 320GB is RM 280.

goldfries recommended

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6 Comments

  1. WTH… Seagate…. My 6 months 1 tera 7200.11 died. I’m just another loyal user that lost my trust in seagate cuz i’m very convinced that 100% of 7200.11 die prematurely.

  2. My girlfriend bought one for herself… the only thing I’m not satisfy is that the USB cable seem extreme short… hmm… I guess is meant for laptop users…

  3. Hey goldy,

    When you mentioned sync, can it sync to folder(s) in a drive? Also, does it have a schedule backup option?

    I want something which can do the above. Otherwise, it’s an NAS. LOL! 😛

  4. Author

    @fatty – which one is that? 🙂 portable type? still under warranty hor?

    @kk – their emphasis is on neat / easy to keep i think.

    @danny – yeah can sync folder and schedule backup.


  5. Hey goldfries, I think you’re not allowed to write/delete DATA on the Seagate FreeAgent Go Ext. HDD because it’s formatted as NTFS by default. And by default, Mac OS is not allowed to write/delete DATA on NTFS-formatted volume. You’d have to install 3rd-party software to write/delete DATA on NTFS-formatted volume in Mac like “Paragon NTFS”. Another method is by formatting the Ext. HDD into HFS (Default Mac OS filesystem).

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