- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: ST905003FLA2E1-RK
- Hard Disk Size: 500.0 GB
- Hard Disk Description: portable
- Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905003FLA2E1-RK (Sky Blue)
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- 5,400 RPM Spin Speed, 8 MB Cache Buffer
- USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
- Sync and back up quickly at your desktop without having to search for cables.
- Guard the privacy of important files and folders.
- Get your storage solution up and running quickly.
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From the Manufacturer
With its sleek design and huge capacity, the FreeAgent® Go portable storage solution makes it easy to take your photos, music, videos, and documents everywhere. Included, easy-to-use software helps keep your information safe with automatic data backup and encryption of your important files and folders. You can sync content between your work and home computers so you’ll always have your most current versions. And you can take advantage of the world’s first portable drive with a convenient desktop dock accessory. Simply pop your drive into the FreeAgent dock whenever you want to access your files — no more fumbling for cables!
Winner of CNET Editors’ Choice, September 2008 and PC Magazine Editors’ Choice, October 2008.
“The Seagate FreeAgent Go is our favorite portable hard drive to date and takes our award for Editors’ Choice. The drive is well designed and fast, and you won’t find a better value for the price.” — Justin Yu, CNET
FreeAgent® Go is the thinnest portable
| Automatically back up and sync your |
files with the included software
|FreeAgent® Go with a convenient docking station — no more fumbling for cables|
|Sleek Design and Huge Capacity |
With its sleek design and huge capacity, the FreeAgent® Go portable storage solution makes it easy to take your photos, music, videos, and documents everywhere. Pocket and carry your data with ease thanks to a sleek design—the thinnest portable storage solution on the market. Even the cable folds up compactly.
|Easy-to-use Software |
Included, easy-to-use software helps keep your information safe with automatic data backup and encryption of your important files and folders. You can sync content between your work and home computers so you’ll always have your most current versions.
|Convenient Dock and Travel Case |
Take advantage of the world’s first portable drive with an optional desktop dock accessory. Simply pop your drive into the FreeAgent dock whenever you want to access your files — no more fumbling for cables!
- Pocket and carry your data with ease thanks to a sleek design—the thinnest portable storage solution on the market. Even the cable folds up compactly.
- Choose from a variety of colors to complement your style and help you differentiate between multiple drives.
- Access your files with unparalleled convenience by simply popping your drive into the FreeAgent desktop dock accessory.
- You’ll never fumble for cables again! Even purchase another dock for convenience at home and at the office.
- Take all your photos, music, videos and documents with you everywhere thanks to large storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB, and 500GB
- Easily protect your data with automatic backup software.
- Keep your most important files and folders private with software encryption technology.
- Sync content between your work and home computers so you’ll always have your most current versions.
- Experience fast data transfer with a USB 2.0 interface.
- Get started quickly with pre-loaded software. No CDs!
- Save energy by using one small drive for both mobile and desktop needs, and take advantage of an environmentally smart utility that can power down your drive when it’s not in use.
- Enjoy peace of mind with a 5-year limited warranty from the worldwide leader in storage solutions.
What’s in the Box
FreeAgent® Go portable hard drive, FreeAgent software pre-loaded on drive (Windows only), Quickstart guide, New and flexible USB travel cable. Optional dock not included
Capacity: 500 GB | Color: Sky Blue
Top Customer Reviews
You can't really go wrong with either drive (both companies offer a great five-year warranty), but I like the form factor of the Seagates a bit better (they're a fraction of an inch smaller in all dimensions but LOOK even more svelte than they are). Also, an Amazon promotion currently offers a free dock with the Seagate drives, much like an iPod dock -- just slide the device onto the connector and it mounts on your desktop. Handy and elegant. The WD drives don't have this option.
The downside to using the Seagate dock (and this is why I give this setup 4 stars, not 5) is that, for reasons I don't comprehend, it takes up TWO USB ports on your computer. Those have to be powered ports, so you can't use a non-powered USB hub (at least that doesn't work with my one-year-old iMac and my el-cheapo hub -- your mileage may vary). The alternative is buying a powered hub, OR just not using the dock, instead connecting the drive directly to a single USB port on the computer with the supplied cable.
Speaking of USB connections: Apart from the dock, another advantage of the Seagate drive over the WD Passport is that it seems more power-efficient. At least, I can use the Seagate with my aging Powerbook and a single (supplied) cable, no problems.Read more ›
The negatives: There seems to be a major reliability problem with some of the hard drives (note similar recent reviews of failure at Amazon). Mine died after only 7 months of use on a personal computer. It was never jostled around or subjected to extreme temps as it never left my desktop after it was plugged in. Several utilities were unable to recover any data due to "unreadable sectors" and Master File Table errors -- quite likely physical damage to the head or platters. I managed to save about 20 out of 200+ GB before the unit went totally south.
Seagate warranties the drive for 5 years, but it's a whole lot of no fun trying to navigate their cold, impersonal website. It took several tries at their site to get the correct model name entered without being rejected as invalid. Their warranty terms are full of warnings and dire threats of legal action in case you try to defraud them. They do NOT pay for shipping the defective product to their facility (actually a warehouse in Texas used by a number of corporations for return items). They insist you pack the dead HDD, USB cord, and manual in the original package or a corrugated cardboard box surrounded by 2 inches of foam with the unit inside an ESD package. They will be happy to sell those to you for a mere $19.99. I normally keep original packaging, but it was one of those plastic jobs that practically requires a hacksaw to extract the product from, so it was trashed.Read more ›
I tell you these things because I found it very difficult to get "real" numbers when I was trying to decide which hard drive to buy. I cared mostly about write speed because for the most part I will only use it to back up my files. I took a chance with this drive based on opinions from people I talked to, and I am glad I did. It is very portable and very nice looking. I opened a file to test the read speed, and it seemed fine. I don't know how to time the read speed of a drive, sorry.
I did not test the software because I don't plan to use it. I've heard that the software makes it faster, but I can't use it because I am on a public computer.
If you are looking for a hard drive case, I highly recommend this one! Caselogic PHDC-1 Small EVA External Hard Drive Case (Red) I hope this helps you make your decision. Have a great day!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Permits for a good amount of data. I have had this for four years and it's going strong.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this in 9/2009 and it is in it's death throws now. Overall it did what it was supposed to do and gave me 5 years. These days you can't ask for much more than that.Published 10 days ago by Liz in Indy
I bought one in a national chain office supply store. It was easy to use and set up. I bought it as an emergency backup for an HP laptop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mudslide Matt
I've had this external HDD for almost 4+ years now, and still works great!
Just recently the drive would not read and start making internal beeping noises (still no data... Read more
This a perfectly fine product. I have used it at times and am happy.Published 2 months ago by Ambrish Treasurer