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We have all been there; spent hours downloading all that music, transfering all those cute photos, or typing up many important documents. However, many people never think "what if something happens to my computer or hard drive?" Well, what then? You think all your data is safe, but is it? Say your hard drive fails, you get a very bad virus, or your operating system crashes and is un-recoverable. Now you lost all that important data, or did you? Not if you have a backup drive to have another copy of them, like the Seagate FreeAgent Pro External Hard Drive.
Seagate, based out of Scotts Valley, California, was founded in 1979 for producing disk drives and built the industry's first 5.25 inch hard drive in 1980. Since then, Seagate has passed many milestones while becoming one of the largest storage manufacturers in the world. Since acquiring Maxtor in May 2006, they have increased the ability to produce and remain a strong competitor. Many OEM items, including the original XBOX, were sold with Seagate drives installed in them.
The drive comes packaged in a sturdy box with a handle on it, which comes in handy if you need to transport the drive and want to protect it. It was packaged securely so that the items would not rattle around.
One you get inside, you can get a better look at what is included. In the box is the hard drive unit, manual, power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, FireWire cable, USB/eSata cartridge, and Dual FireWire module The modules are interchangeable depending on which connection is desired to hook up the drive, which will be explained more in the review. The drive sent to us for this review was the 750GB version with USB2.0/eSata/FireWire connections. Also available are a 750GB with only USB2.0/eSata, a 500GB with USB2.0/eSata, and a 320GB with USB2.0/eSata.
Here we get a closer look at the modules. The module on the left houses the eSata port and the USB 2.0 port. Notice it is the Mini USB type. The module on the right is the Dual FireWire module. The module design is to allow for future expansion when new modules for any type of connection may come available. This gives it the flexibility to stay on the cutting edge of technology.
Now that we have everything out of the bag, let's move in and get a better look at the modules and the hard drive unit itself.