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A Review of Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1000 GB: The TeraByte monster

written by: sammy•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/10/2008

If you are looking for an external hard drive that is huge in data storage, rich in features and a leader in performance, you've got to take a look at the Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme 1 TB.

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    Our everlasting hunger of extra hard disk space will never fade. There was a time when I had a 60 GB portable hard drive along with a 120 GB internal, and it seemed to be more than enough. But things have changed now, all my drives are full of data and I could do with some extra storage space, so I decided to look for a hard drive that is huge in data storage and rich in features and ended up buying a Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1000 GB, one of the most stylish drives to see the light of the day with 1 TB of storage space.

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    Build Quality

    Rating Average

    The FreeAgent XTreme 1000 GB is 175 mm long, 172 mm wide, 33.7 mm high and weighs about 1.39 Kgs, making it fair­ly large but thinner than its predecessors. It has black body and the front panel is a blend of black with a slight touch of while. The drive stands on a thin support platform vertically, making it very easy to pack and carry along with you.

    FreeAgent XTreme 

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    Ease of use

    Rating Average

    Setting up the drive is very easy and simple as it is a plug and play device and is compatible with interfaces like ­USB, Firewire 400 and eSATA.

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    Features and performance

    Rating Average

    While I tried and tested the FreeAgent XTreme, I found out that its performance isn't that ratty after all. Testing it on SiSoft Sandra recorded a drive index of 33 MBps and a random access time of 13ms. HDTach recorded a higher average read speed of 36 MBps. Then I tried to copy a 4 GB data file (a single file having 4 GB data) and then some smaller files to the drive and then copied them back to the source. A 4 GB file could be written in two minutes thirty four seconds to the drive and copied back in one minute twenty four sec­onds. Comparatively writing and reading of smaller files took more time than the 4 GB files. Data transfer is better than other external drives but nowhere close to internal desktop drives. When I tried to connect the drive through Firewire, the data transfer speed only increased by two to three percent. One added feature of this drive is that it has in-built software for security (data protection from virus etc.) and for synchronization of data with other drives or another system. A feature that is missing is network connectivity

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    Value for money

    Rating Average

    The drive is also called a terabyte monster looking at its capacity and performance, but one has to be willing to shell out a good amount of money to buy it. It is priced at USD 182.99(excluding taxes), which is a lot more than a traditional internal hard drive of same capacity. The high price tag would have been justified if the drive could connect to the network.

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    Rating Average

    If you need a large capacity (now I think that 1 TB is more than enough, but I know it won’t last too long) and portable drive with some sense of style and good features, then FreeAgent XTreme is the right choice for you.

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