Seagate 160 GB FreeAgent GoFormer staff writer - June 4, 2007
Besides testing this device by downloading and installing my favorite applications, I set up the email client and retrieved my email with it. It worked seamlessly and I could not tell it was running off of the small drive. I then removed the device from my PC and took it to another PC in the house and connected it there, and all of my settings were still there with the web browser favorites and all. Even the folder sync option worked great as I added files to the “My Documents” folder on the original host PC and then reconnected the FreeAgent to it.
Now what about hard drive performance? This device uses the USB 2.0 interface to connect to your PC and claims to provide 480 Mb/sec of data access. Lets test that out with the following system specs.
- Intel Conroe 6700 at 3.6 GHz
- ASUS P5W-DH Deluxe
- OCZ EL DDR2-1000 Platinum XTC 4-5-4-15 (2 x 1 GB)
- BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC
- OCZ GameXtreme 600watt PSU
- Western Digital 250GB SATA
- Lite-On DVDRW LH-20A1P
- Windows XP Pro SP2
I will use HD Tune to test the FreeAgent Go drive, the host PC's internal HDD - a Western Digital 250GB SATA drive - and a generic USB one GB flash drive as a comparison from the “Benchmark” tab. You can see in the drop-down box at the top of the HD Tune window the drive that is being tested and along the right hand side of the window are the results. The “Info” tab shows a lot of information about the drive as well.
Now I will test the transfer rate of the USB connection by compressing some files into a 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB file with Winrar and transferring them from the host PC to the FreeAgent Go and then to my 1GB thumb drive that was bought at the local PC shop and which also connects to the PC via USB. To add the Western Digital HDD to the mix, I will then transfer them back to the HDD from the FreeAgent Go. The results are shown below and are measured in seconds.
The Seagate proves itself to be a very good performer against the generic thumb drive. USB 2.0 speeds are around 480 Mb/sec. This Seagate FreeAgent Go drive transferred 500MB of data on its USB interface in 27 seconds, by me making a folder on the drive and dragging and dropping the file. This translates into 18 MB/sec.