The Good Decent throughput performance; supports eSATA, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces; decent bundle software; quiet and cool during operation; 5-year warranty.
The Bad eSATA connection needs reset after idling; no FireWire 800; eSATA cable not included.
The Bottom Line The Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme offers three interface options, a useful software bundle, and a lengthy warranty for a fair price. We like this direct-attach external drive.
Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme
Unless you consider three interface options to be intense, there's nothing particularly extreme about the Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme hard drive. Despite its mundane nature, we still found a lot to like about this external drive. We appreciate its simple and functional design, fast performance, and easy-to-use software. The drive features three connection interfaces (USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and eSATA), while keeping its price-per-gigabyte cost in line with drives that offer fewer connection options. Really, only that handful of users with FireWire 800 ports will find it lacking in the connection department. And it worked quietly throughout testing--an important consideration for any drive that may become a semi-permanent resident on your desk. The fact that eSATA sometimes needs to be reset after idling is the only shortcoming we found in the drive. Other than that, it's an all around good external hard drive that offers relatively high value on our cost per gigabyte chart.
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