Seagate 160 GB FreeAgent GoFormer staff writer - June 4, 2007
Installation was a simple matter of connecting the two USB cables to my PC. It was auto-detected, installed and ready to go by Windows. Then, the software on the disk is auto-detected and the install process is started. You will have to accept the License Agreement to proceed.
This software is called Ceedo. Think of Ceedo as your Windows start menu along with the shortcuts to your installed applications, such as your web browser, email client, folders for My Documents, My Music, etc. Once you start Ceedo, you have basically a virtual environment of your PC desktop and all your applications. You can launch your applications or search your folders that are on the drive and use the host PC’s internet connection to check your email or browse the web. Once the drive is removed from the host PC, all of your data is taken with you, including internet cookies, email, web favorites - everything!
The Ceedo environment is already set-up by default, with links to various items. There is also a link to “Add Programs”. When you click on this link with an internet connected PC, you will be taken to the Ceedo website which has a list of many, many, programs you can download to add to your system. I chose right away to download Firefox. The Ceedo installs it for you.
Here, you can see that it is now on my menu. I also installed the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. Notice here that once the program is opened, you can be assured that it is indeed running on the portable drive and not the host PC by looking at the Ceedo icon next to the minimize button at the top right of the screen.
You may have also noticed the option to install the FreeAgent Tools. Once you start this install, a normal Windows install wizard will guide you through the process with you having to accept a license agreement and choosing the install directory. These tools I chose to install onto the host PC as they contain a tool to test the integrity of the portable drive. The first tool gives you specific information about the drive itself, such as serial number, size, firmware, etc. The next tool is used to sync information from a particular folder on your host PC to the portable drive, and you can choose the sync method used. The last page of tools contains the drive diagnostic utility, an option to change for how long the drive has to be inactive before it goes into sleep mode to conserve energy, and an option to turn off the light that indicates drive usage (in my book, also known as stealth mode). I ran the diagnostic tool to be sure I had a properly functioning drive.