I bought a 1 TB Freecom Quattro desktop hard drive from Amazon Japan while living in Japan. It is not only an attractively designed product with its mat aluminium casing, it is quiet (its efficiency at dissipating heat means a fan is not required) and has been completely reliable since I began using it in November 2009. It is almost silent with only the occasional click or whir.
On returning to the UK I bought another one.
Works with Mac and Windows OS
Though other external hard drives offer a preset menu of ports, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex cuts costs by letting you pick from a buffet of "personality cables" so that you buy only the connections that suit your system profile. We applaud Seagate for making data backups easier than ever, and recommend the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive for extra data storage now and easy upgrades in the future.
Slower write speed with USB 2.0 Upgrade Cable
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex PRO 500GB is a unique product since it allows you to be used with different data cables, instantly upgrading the interface in the process. So you can choose the one that suits you better. The dock is not just an aesthetic add-on, but is very much functional as well as convenient. The casing looks good and is strong, but it does gather fingerprints rather fast.
Clearly, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro portable drives perform well, and will deliver fine if you leave it plugged into your chosen module on your desk. But the design is a bit kludgy, sadly. Unless you require the modular flexibility this drive provides, competing models may make a more compelling choice - especially if you need to use the drive in a dock, and then remove it from the dock to take it along with you.
Upgradable Interface Options
To be honest, we never expected such flexible and versatile storage solution options, but the Seagate GoFlex series definitely took us by surprise. While we were kind of skeptical initially of this feature, once we started using it, we realized its advantages immediately.
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