by September 6, 2007 0 comments

Seagate recently launched its FreeAgent series of external drives. We
evaluated the FreeAgent Pro version with a 750 GB of storage space. There are
several interesting features in this drive. For one, it has ample connectivity
options, which include a USB, FireWire and even an eSATA (External Serial
Advanced Technology Attachment) port. We did wish that they shipped an eSATA
cable with the drive though. The other interesting thing about the drive is the
feature rich software bundled with it, called FreeAgent Tools. This is a set of
tools that let you do automatic backup of files, automatic uploading of pictures
to the online photo gallery, Shutterly, if you have an account with them, and
automatic uploading of data to Seagate’s online storage. The latter is a six
month complimentary subscription for 500 MB, after which it becomes paid. We
tested the drive over its USB interface using WinBench 99 on an Intel Core 2
Extreme machine with 2 GB RAM. In Business Disk and High-end Disk Winmark tests
of the Suite, the drive gave 14.4 and 27.3 MBps throughputs respectively with an
access time of 18.6ms. CPU utilization was a whopping 99.5%. Its average
throughput was 32 MBps. Its overall performance is better than other drives with
similar specs (like the Buffalo Drive Station we reviewed in August 2006.

Price: Rs
19,700 (5 yrs warranty)
Key Specs:
750 GB, 7,200 rpm, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, eSATA
Fortune Marketing, Delhi
26472491, E-mail:
SMS Buy 130996 to 56767

Bottomline: A good buy for those who want something that does more
than mere storage of data.

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