Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro (500GB)

The Good Interchangeable "personality cables" add value in versatility and speed; inexpensive; works with Mac and Windows OS; three-year warranty; Memeo backup software included.

The Bad Three-year warranty, compared with five years for older FreeAgent drives (still better than most portables hard drives).

The Bottom Line Though other external hard drives offer a preset menu of ports, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex cuts costs by letting you pick from a buffet of "personality cables" so that you buy only the connections that suit your system profile. We applaud Seagate for making data backups easier than ever, and recommend the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive for extra data storage now and easy upgrades in the future.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Support 8.0
8.8 Overall

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Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro (500GB)

May 2010

Shopping for an external hard drive usually means choosing the device that corresponds to the fastest port (most commonly USB 2.0) on the back of your computer. Although other connections, like FireWire 800, USB 3.0, and eSATA, are quickly gaining popularity for their impressive transfer speeds, most shoppers settle on USB 2.0 because of the premiums that companies charge for the extra ports.

Seagate proposes an alternative solution with its latest product, the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive, which features exchangeable "personality cables" that put the port selection in the hands of the consumer. At only $100 for the 320GB model, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable hard drive is well-deserving of our Editor's Choice Award and is a solid bet for budget-minded data gobblers who want to stay ahead of the connection curve.

Design and Features
The GoFlex shares many of the same design characteristics with the other drives in the Seagate FreeAgent Go lineup, including a 0.55-inch-thick case and a sleek, unassuming silhouette. Seagate offers the drive in four colors (silver, red, black, and blue) and a variety of capacities ranging from 320GB all the way up to 1TB, each at a fair price-per-gigabyte considering the increased functionality over "standard" hard drives (see "Cost per gigabyte" chart below).

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Seagate Technology
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Hard Drive Type External hard drive
  • Interface Type USB 2.0
  • Form Factor 3.5"
  • Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
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