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Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 500 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive ST305004FPA2E3-RK (Black)

by Seagate
3.6 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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500 GB
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  • Conveniently store all your photos, music, videos and documents in one place:storage capacities of 500 GB, 640 GB, 1 TB and 1.5 TB.
  • Experience blazingly fast data transfer thanks to eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire 400 interface and performance speed of 7200 RPM
  • Sync content between your FreeAgent XTreme drive and other portable drives
  • Keep your important files and folders private with powerful soft ware encryption technology.
  • Compatibility: Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business SP-1; Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition SP-2
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.
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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model Number: ST305004FPA2E3-RK
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Hard Disk Interface: Serial ATA
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Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

With its huge capacity and the fastest file transfer speeds available today, the Seagate FreeAgent XTreme storage solution helps you easily safeguard all your photos, music, videos, and documents and access them with maximum performance. Included, easy-to-use software helps keep your information safe and private with automatic data backup and encryption of your important files and folders. Environmentally smart utilities help save energy by putting your FreeAgent drive in sleep mode once it has been idle for 15 minutes. And you can take advantage of its flexibility to lie on its side or stand upright to maximize your workspace. Count on the FreeAgent XTreme storage solution for quick access to super large files, added protection for all your content and to look really good on your desk. Get your storage solution up and running quickly Sleek, big-capacity desktop storage with blazingly fast data transfer Experience blazingly fast data transfer thanks to eSATA, USB 2.0, and FireWire 400 interfaces Enjoy a sleek, modern design that offers the choice of horizontal or vertical orientation to complement your desktop environment Easily protect your data with automatic backup software Sync content between your FreeAgent XTreme drive and other portable drives so you'll always have your current file versions wherever you are Save energy with an environmentally smart utility that can put your drive in sleep mode once it has been idle for 15 minutes System Requirements - Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business Service Pack-1, XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition Service Pack-2, USB 2.0 port, FireWire 400 (1394a), or eSATA port Dimensions - Height 6.89 x Width 1.33 x Length 6.77 (175.0x33.7x172mm)

From the Manufacturer

With its huge capacity and the fastest file transfer speeds today, the FreeAgent XTreme™ storage solution helps easily safeguard all your photos, music, videos, and documents and access them with maximum performance. Included, easy-to-use software helps keep your information safe and private with automatic data backup and encryption of your important files and folders. Environmentally smart utilities help save energy by putting your FreeAgent drive in sleep mode once it has been idle for 15 minutes. And you can take advantage of its flexibility to lie on its side or stand vertically to maximize your workspace.



eSATA, USB 2.0, Firewire 400 interfaces


Pre-loaded software — no CDs! Safeguards all your files


Tripple Interface
With its huge capacity and the fastest file transfer speeds available, the FreeAgent XTreme storage solution helps easily safeguard all your photos, music, videos, and documents and access them with maximum performance.


Automatic Backup Software
Included, easy-to-use software helps keep your information safe and private with automatic data backup and encryption of your important files and folders.





Easily stackable, maximize your workspace.


Space Saving and Energy Efficient
Environmentally smart utilities help save energy by putting your FreeAgent drive in sleep mode once it has been idle for 15 minutes. And you can take advantage of its flexibility to lie on its side or stand vertically to maximize your workspace. Plus, multiple drives can easily stack on top of each other.

Key Features

  • Conveniently store all your photos, music, videos and documents in one place thanks to generous storage capacity.
  • Experience blazingly fast data transfer with eSATA, USB 2.0, and FireWire 400 interfaces.
  • Enjoy a sleek, modern design that offers the choice of horizontal or vertical orientation to complement your desktop environment.
  • Easily protect your data with automatic backup software.
  • Keep your important files and folders private with powerful software encryption technology.
  • Sync content between your FreeAgent XTreme™ drive and other portable drives so you’ll always have your current file versions wherever you are.
  • Get started quickly with pre-loaded software. No CDs!
  • Save energy with an environmentally smart utility that can put your drive in sleep mode once it has been idle for 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy peace of mind with a 5-year limited warranty from the worldwide leader in storage solutions.


What’s in the Box
FreeAgent XTreme™ external hard drive, FreeAgent software pre-loaded on drive (Windows only), base stand, attachable feet, USB cable, FireWire 400 cable, power supply, and quickstart guide

Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001FFU1GC
  • Item model number: ST305004FPA2E3-RK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2008

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Size: 1.5 TB
Way better than the older freeagent external drive it replaced so far. It's smaller and lighter and the software to turn off the drive light actually works in Vista x64 now. What I really like is how the light stays off even when the power is completely off until you switch it back on. Previously you had to turn off the light every single time.Runs quiet and cool. No stuttering or failures so far. Pros - more than 2x as much space as my older external. Included software way better than older freeagent drives and works in Vista x64. Cons - doesn't come with esata cable so I wouldn't know if esata problems are as bad as suggested. It does come with firewire and usb cables and I'm using the faster firewire and works great with that as I said. Included stand crud and not worth using. Choice of white contrasting power and connection cables poor. Only 1.36TB formatted:( and if you are using nvidia nforce chipset even less space will show up in Vista due to bug:
1.5TB (ST31500341AS) or larger SATA hard drive only showing 1.1TB capacity in Windows Vista
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Backup program is still not that great and not intuitive at all. I tried using the encryption feature and it's not worth using since it takes a long time to decrypt if you have thousands of files!

Don't know why this 1.5TB drive from Seagate is so much reliable than their normal 1.5TB retail drives?
The other 1.5TB Seagate drive I have installed inside my PC is making terrible screeching sounds like it's about to die anytime now :(
Already had to RMA several internal 1.5TB Seagate drives :(
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Size: 1.5 TB
Like others here, I am a long-time Mac user. Stidwell's instructions are a good starting point, but I've been through 2 shrink-wrapped boxes of this drive, and while the USB interface worked reliably, the Firewire (1394) did NOT always work. What is so odd about this drive is that if one unplugs the power and usb cord, and plugs in the firewire cord FIRST, then the power, the drive will often mount. But there were times I could not replicate a proper procedure to have this mount reliably EVERY time. This on an intel Mac mini and an older PPC G4 Cube. I repair Macs for a living, so I don't mind adventures with equipment, but for the general consumer, I would stay away from this particular model. Seagate still makes top notch product, but this model is not for the general Mac user.
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Size: 1 TB
I like the fact that this external drive have 4 interfaces. 1 x eSATA, 1 x USB 2.0 and 2 x Firewire 400 making it one of the most well equipped external hard disk drives on the market right now. Performance wise, it again impressed me with its mach speed fast eSATA file transfer rates and solid USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 performance too. Even the included software performed the feat of being both falling-off-a-log simple to use and actually useful.
I am also a big Mac user. I wanted to test how it performs on a Mac OSX 10.5 so I re-formatted using the standard Mac OS X HFS+.
The Firewire 400 and USB connections are flawless. In sub seconds it easily recognizes the drive. eSATA was again shamefully outshined everyone else with its ultra fast connection and transfer rate. I copied a 40 GB file in 9.5 minutes. A 512 MB file in 55 seconds.
Holy smokes I gotta get myself another one of these monsters!
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Size: 1 TB
I will start off saying that I am a Mac user so I cannot speak as to how this drive operates in a Windoze environment. I only use this drive as a Time Machine back up and it works for that purpose. I have it hooked to a Mac mini using FireWire and it is fast, silent, and it works. To the one who said it does not work with Macs, it does, but I will say it does take a little bit of Mac know how to get it formatted. You have to first plug it up using USB to format a single Mac OS Extended partition in Disk Utility. Once you do that you can erase the entire drive and format it that way. A little bit of a run around but it will work just fine after that. All in all a great drive that does what you tell it to do.

The Good: It's a drive and it works.
The Bad: If you are not familiar with formatting in OS X it can be a chore. Also you have to format it in USB before switching to another connector in OS X.
The Ugly: Some may not like the "breathing" light but I have no problems with it.
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Size: 1.5 TB
My drive runs for about 30 minutes then stops working. If you try to touch it at this point, it is extremely hot. This happens with both eSata and USB 2.0.

I contacted seagate support and have not received a response after 10 days of waiting for one. I have read reviews from a large number of people in the same situation, and it does not look like seagate have any intentions of addressing the issue. To mass market a drive with this high of a failure rate is shameful

I am returning my drive and never buying another seagate product again.
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Size: 1.5 TB
What's great about it: The color of the box it came in wasn't too bad. Nor the RMA boxes.

What's not so great: Everything except the box it came in. Wish it was still in it!!

I am a professional computer technician with over 15 years experience in PC hardware repair and trouble-shooting. I am A+, Net+, CCNA and MCSE certified. I have worked on some of the most prestigious projects on 4 continents. I wouldn't even recommend giving this to the neighbors dog to chew on, even if it was barking all night.

The product is that bad. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS DRIVE!

First, the ESATA interface is poor and flaky. I bought this drive specifically for that reason and it frequently just dropped the line. Apparently, Seagate sets the power settings to just 10 minutes by default. A professional series, large volume drive that powers down after 10 minutes!! Using their recommended guidelines, I hooked it up via USB and was able to use the Seagate software to adjust the power settings, to no avail. Even after I powered it down, changed the input back to ESATA and turned it back on, it still flakes out.

Secondly, using the USB interface for the drive is no better. Occasionally, it just drops out and my brand-new, Vista x64, i7 920 HP computer can't recognize it or even see it in Disk Management.

Thirdly, even when it does recognize the drive (if you unplug and replug it in several times, it eventually spins up), there's no guarantee you'll be able to access the files.

So, what did I do? In-between my hectic schedule, I spent a week trying to figure out the problem. Finally, I sent it back to Seagate for RMA, which took another week.
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