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.
Build Quality (4 out of 5)
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.
Ease of use (4 out of 5)
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.
Features and performance (4 out of 5)
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
Value for money (3 out of 5)
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.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
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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