Seagate 160 GB FreeAgent GoFormer staff writer - June 4, 2007
Once everything is out, we have the FreeAgent Go data mover drive, a quick start guide and the USB 2.0 cable. The reference sheet alludes to the fact that this can be installed in one minute and nineteen seconds. It actually took less than that for me.
This portable device connects to your PC via the USB ports. That’s right; I said ports, as in plural. If you’ll notice on the cord, one end plugs into the device and the other end is split into two, so it will require plugging into two USB ports.
Once plugged in and working, the side of the drive illuminates to indicate activity.
This drive comes with the FreeAgent software and a way to register your product electronically already installed on it. Its performance is rated at USB 2.0 speeds of 480 Mb/sec and the drive inside the case has a spindle speed of 5400 RPM. The included encryption option uses 256 bit AES.
If you are a Windows user, this drive will work for you only if you are running Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000 Pro, or Vista. If you are a Mac user, you are out of luck, as the software will only work on Windows. The file system on the drive uses the NTFS file system, which makes it unusable for anything earlier than Windows 2000. Mac users can use Disk Utility to format the drive and still use it for storage.