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Now we get into the goods. The drive is encased in a brushed aluminum housing with see-thru plastic material sandwiched in between. This external drive is a standing drive. It is nice to see a break from the "brick style," as it gives a more executive flare to your desk. The tower of the drive connects to a base made of a hard plastic. The base is what houses the modules for the different types of interfaces, as well as the touch sensitive power button.
Looking at these pics you see what the drive looks like, but when I first saw it on Seagate's site, I wanted to know how much space it would take on my desk. I have a lot there now and didn't want to clutter it. To give you an idea, I took some pics next to a standard CD jewel case. You can get a better idea of how slim and compact the unit is. You could have two drives side by side and still be the same footprint of most brick style drives.
Installation has two parts. The physical installation of the drive and the software installation. All of the software is pre-loaded on the drive, so there are no CD's to mess with. To set up the drive to transfer data, you first need to decide what interface to use. In this case, we have USB 2.0, eSata, and FireWire available. Since most motherboards do not have eSata and/or FireWire, USB will be the method of choice for most users, but for this review we will show you how to set up all three connections. Now that you have what connection you want to use, we have to install the correct module for that connection. lay the drive flat on one side and line up the module next to the drive to make sure it lines up with the space on the bottom of the drive. Then place it into the bottom of the drive and push it gently into the socket until it is seated.
Next take a coin and turn the module's holding screw clockwise until it is secure. Do not tighten too hard or you can damage the module and/or the drive. Once done, sit the drive back up on its base and you can see the module is seated in the correct position and ready for use. For this example we used the eSata/USB 2.0 module. The eSata connection is in the middle and the USB 2.0 is on the right.