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Seagate FreeAgent Desk Hard Drive

by Seagate

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  • Storage Capacity: 1TB
  • Interface: USB 2.0 USB
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Data Transfer Rate: 800Mbps Maximum External
  • Package Type: Retail
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Power Consideration: This desktop class hard drive requires the use of a power adapter (included) to operate. It cannot be powered by a USB cable alone.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.3 x 6 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • ASIN: B001FFYVQS
  • Item model number: ST310005FJA105-RK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Seagate FreeAgent Desk Hard Drive ST310005FJA105-RK Hard Drives - External

From the Manufacturer

With its huge capacity and sleek design, the Mac-ready FreeAgent® Desk storage solution delivers a powerful yet simple way to help safeguard all your photos, music, videos, and documents. You can get up and running quickly thanks to Mac formatting and Time Machine-readiness, then enjoy blazingly-fast transfer of your content with FireWire 800 and USB interfaces. Enjoy a modern design that complements your Mac system, and take advantage of a vertical profile that maximizes your workspace.



Energy Efficiency


Formatted for Mac, FireWire 800/400 and USB interfaces


Energy Efficient
With its huge capacity and sleek design, the Mac-ready FreeAgent Desk storage solution delivers a powerful yet simple way to help safeguard all your photos, music, videos, and documents. Support for Apple’s power-management utilities helps to conserve energy.


Mac formatted and Time Machine ready
You can get up and running quickly thanks to Mac formatting and Time Machine-readiness, then enjoy blazingly-fast transfer of your content with FireWire 800/400 and USB interfaces.



Stylish Design


Modern Design
Enjoy a modern design that complements your Mac system, and take advantage of a vertical profile that maximizes your workspace.

Key Features

  • Conveniently store all your photos, music, videos and documents in one place thanks to generous storage capacity.
  • Blazingly fast data transfer with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces, and take advantage of support for FireWire 400.
  • Enjoy a sleek, modern design that complements your Mac system and maximizes your workspace.
  • Get up and running quickly thanks to Mac formatting and Time Machine-readiness.
  • Supports Apple power-management utilities.
  • Enjoy peace of mind with a 5-year limited warranty from the worldwide leader in storage solutions.


What’s in the Box
FreeAgent® | Desk for Mac external hard drive, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 800 to 400 cable, USB cable, power supply and quickstart guide. END

Customer Reviews

Wish I had read those earlier.
Kay B
When coming out of sleep mode, the iMac gives an error message that the hard drive has disconnected.
J. W. Barden
It's very quiet and sleek looking.
Texas Photography

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

110 of 114 people found the following review helpful By J. Holbrook on November 27, 2008
The Seagate FreeAgent Deks 1TB for Mac (ST310005FJA105-RK) is a 1TB external drive Seagate is marketing for the Mac fanbase (though the drive could be re-formatted for Windows). I purchased the drive because my iTunes Music folder had soared to 120GB in size, and I needed to move the folder permanently to an external drive to free up space on my internal drive.

The drive is 2.2 lbs and measures 7.28" in H x 1.48" in W x 5.98" in L . It comes with an AC adaptor, a Firewire 800 cable, a Firewire 800 to Firewire 400 cable (for those with older iMacs, like me, who only have 6-pin Firewire 400 ports), and a USB cable. The FreeAgent Desk itself sits on a small white stand with a rubber pad on the bottom. Unless I've missed something, the stand cannot be removed from the external drive itself. As a result, it must be placed upright. Seagate provides a 5 year limited warranty, so keep your receipt. The FreeAgent Desk is formatted for Mac and Time Machine ready. The brushed steel exterior, plastic white trim, and white cabling complement the iMac's appearance. The cache size isn't readily ascertainable, though the spin speed is 7200 RPM. Details on the drive from Seagate's website can be found here:[...]

After taking it out of the box, the FreeAgent Desk requires only two steps to set it up. First, plug the AC adaptor into the drive and power supply. Second, connect the drive to your iMac using the appropriate cable. I chose the Firewire 800 to Firewire 400 cable because Firewire transfers (even for a Firewire 400 port) are reportedly faster than a USB 2.0 transfer, and because I need my USB ports for other devices. Because I plan to keep the drive constantly connected, I placed it only about 6 inches from the computer itself.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael on November 1, 2008
Since my Mac Mini came with an 80GB hard drive, I was desperate for more storage. After much research, the Seagate FreeAgent 1TB external hard drive was the best solution for me. The drive is clad in brush metal and white plastic trim, which matches the color of most Mac Desktops. It transfers data pretty quickly through the Firewire.

Besides unpacking the drive, you only have to do two things to get this drive up and running, plug in the power cord and connect the drive to your Mac. It couldn't be any easier. The connectivity of the drive gives you a few options. There are 2 Firewire 800 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port.

Here's where the details matter. Seagate included all the necessary cables so that you don't have to spend extra money or extra time to get running. It's a really nice touch considering the high price you have to pay for FireWire cables from the local electronic store.

There is one flaw with this drive. There is no on or off switch. The drive simply goes to "sleep" when not in use. This becomes a problem if your Mac, line mine, is your media center in the living room. When watching a movie, the drive can come back to life and glow in the background. There isn't a way to disable the lighting effect on the drive too. Trust me, I've looked. I think another reviewer had the same issues.

Conclusion: 1 TB of storage is more than enough for my Mini. Will the drive work with a PC? Yes it will. Just use the USB port. I would recommend this drive to anyone looking for additional storage.

What's in the box:
Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB drive
1 FireWire 800 cable
1 FireWire 800 to FireWire 400 cable
1 USB 2.0 cable
Power adaptor
Documentation
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kay B on March 2, 2009
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The hard drive "dismounts" when my iMac goes to sleep and I receive an "error--external device not disconnected appropriately". The hard drive then has to be unplugged and the computer restarted in order for the drive to again be mounted. I spent 45minutes on hold with Seagate service before speaking with a technician. Though nice, he was of no assistance in solving the issue. Although the product is "for MAC", blogs reveal that other Mac users have had the same problems. Wish I had read those earlier. I cannot recommend this product. Read the 5 year warranty carefully. If given a replacement, it may be a "refurbished" product.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Miller on October 25, 2008
Don't have much experience with this yet, just received it a couple of days ago. Plugged it in to my macbook pro running OSX 10.4.9 and it "just worked", no problems. Small, looks good, completely quiet, 5-yr warrantee. The mac reports the drive's capacity is 931.19 GB.

However, I'm writing this to warn mac users about one thing: it has a bright light, which shines both through the bottom and through the little logo-thing on the upright panel, that is on whenever the disc is working, and there is no way to turn it off. (It does turn off when the disc sleeps after a period of no use.) The only disc manager software Seagate offers is windows only. I specifically wrote their tech support to ask it there's any way to turn the light off, and they said no, there's no way on "this platform" (the mac). I wrote back to ask who I would contact to suggest that such software be written, and they wrote back "The new drives we are marketing for the Mac are designed as storage drives and will not come with any software. We suspect most customers will use Time Machine to backup to those drives. I can't say what the future will hold for our Mac support of this software, but it doesn't appear we are going to update the software that will allow us to interface with the light or sleep interval on the Mac platform."

If you have it in your bedroom and want transfers or backups running at night, this could be a dealbreaker.
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