Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB Reviewgotdamojo06 - January 28, 2008
The Seagate FreeAgent 1TB External hard drive has three different ways that it is able to connect to your computer, which makes this external hard drive very versatile between different setups and can be maximized for data transfer speeds. The three interfaces that it takes advantage of are USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and eSATA. The USB 2.0 and eSATA connections are located on the USB/eSATA module that is already installed on the bottom of the FreeAgent, however if you wish to use FireWire 400, you will need to remove the USB/eSATA module and install the FireWire module, which is very easy. The modules are held in by one screw, which upon removal are able to be popped out.
Once you have the module of your choice installed, you then need to plug in the appropriate cables (data cable and power cable) to use the FreeAgent.
After everything has been installed, you are then able to plug in the data transfer cable of your choice to your computer's port and wait while Windows locates the "appropriate drivers" for your device. Once this has happened, an auto play dialog will display and you can then install the software that came with the FreeAgent. If you cancel out of the autoplay dialog, you can use Windows Explorer to locate the "Install FreeAgent Tools" application located on the device and launch it from there. The software is a data backup program that is powered by Memeo. Mostly all of the installation of this software is by following the on screen dialogs.
When you navigate to "My Computer" you can see that the FreeAgent Drive is installed and has 931GB of free space on the drive before you are able to put anything on it. Already on the device are the End User License Agreements, User Manuals, Warranty Information, and the FreeAgent Tools Installation application.
When you open the installation application, you will be asked for the language you wish to use and then a welcome screen will display.
The next screen that you will see is where you need to accept the End User Agreement. After that you will be asked where you wish to have the software installed on your computer, the default is your Program Files folder.
After the installation has completed, you will have another welcome screen letting you know that you are about to install the AutoBackup software followed by another Licensing Agreement that you must accept to continue the installation.
The next screen that you will see is the screen letting you know that the installation has completed, which is followed by a screen that asks you if you wish to register this product to you online; you are able to choose no and come back to it at a later time.
Finally, you are asked if you wish to restart your computer now or if you wish to do it later. When your computer comes back from the restart, you are ready to configure the AutoBackup software.