Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Review

By on December 23, 2010
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Freeing you from an external interface

Good: Not bound to an external interface
Bad: None
Price: AED 350
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The FreeAgent GoFlex drive is a pretty sleek external hard drive measuring 111.68mm x 14.5mm. Its somewhat glossy finish is prone to finger prints though. Included in the package with the drive is an 18-inch USB cable and the USB 2.0 GoFlex interface adapter. The GoFlex adapter easily attaches to the drive and then to your computer using the USB 2.0 cable

The drive supports both Mac and Windows and the good folks at Seagate have the NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on the drive. If you are a Mac user, you might have noticed that you cannot write on hard drives formatted using NTFS without an external application and formatting them using Mac’s HFS file system makes the drive useless in Windows. Using the included NTFS driver, you can easily read and write NTFS partitions making the drive assessable in Windows and Mac.

We ran the 500GB GoFlex through our usual test for hard drives- HD Tach. the following screenshot shows the performance we got out of it.

The screenshot above demonstrates quite well why we need to upgrade from USB 2.0 to something faster like US 3.0 or eSATA. Almost all external USB 2.0 hard drives we test range between a throughput of 30-25 MB/s which is the practical limitation of the USB 2.0 interface. Once you upgrade to a computer with USB 3.0 or eSATA, you can very easily buy an upgrade cable from Seagate and expect faster results from your already purchased hard drive.

GoFlex is a wonderful concept that is executed well by Seagate. During times of transition which happen once every couple of years, you are always left at the crossroads of technology. Goflex eases that transition by only making you paying for your drive only once.

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