- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: ST305004FPA2E3-RK
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Hard Disk Interface: Serial ATA
Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 500 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive ST305004FPA2E3-RK (Black)
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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
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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
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.
- 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
Capacity: 500 GB
Top Customer Reviews
1.5TB (ST31500341AS) or larger SATA hard drive only showing 1.1TB capacity in Windows Vista
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 :(
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!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this product for a number of years and been totally satisfied with performance, reliability and flexibility. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Douglas Young
I bought this in December, 2010. It's still working great. Not a single issue. I use mine with E-SATAPublished 19 months ago by CLINT J FLECKENSTEIN
I've had 3 western digital MyBooks fail on me in the last 3 years, but the Seagate's have held their own after seeing a two year deployment in Afghanistan. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Seth
I have this drive formatted into three partitions.
The drive runs warm-to-hot and occasionally drops offline due to overheating. Read more
Seagate does not create new software updates for this hard drive. But this also means you can't even access the files on the EHD even if you don't want to use their auto-backup... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Joe Bonn
I bought this to use as a DVR expander for my Verizon FiOS DVR and couldn't be happier. Verizon recommends using a specific Western Digital model but after doing some research I... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by M. Bass
I bought this drive to move my iTunes library off my iMacs internal hard drive. Everything was fine for about six months and now I have a drive that just won't do anything. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by GT Doc
Used with Mac and windows, same result as many others have noted. The connection - for me using USB2 and eSATA - was unstable. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by TexMax
Ill give it a 2 since I guess ah.. when it actaully worked, it seemed to work well. Well besides the fact its extremely unvista friendly, and the seagate manager does not agree... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by some dude