Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GBajmatson - August 19, 2007
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So after all the goodies that came with this external drive, I find myself wondering how well it performs. Will it stand up with the best of them or will I sit there for hours transferring data? To find this out I am going to run a couple of tests, including a real world transfer. I will also use HD Tune to compare the speeds and times with an internal Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM Sata drive and the Seagate FreeAgent Go 160GB. Then I will test how the software works while using it on a daily basis and a simulated disaster.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 2.0GHz
- Motherboard: Abit IP-35 "Dark Raider"
- Ram: 2048MB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800
- Video Card: Sapphire Radeon X850XT
- Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 500
- Hard Drive: 80GB Western Digital SATA HDD
- Media (Cd Rom/DVD Rom): Lite-On 8X DVDR+/-W
- Kingwin 3GBs Sata to eSata Bracket
- Operating System: Windows XP Professional w/SP2
First up, we will start with HD Tune. For HD Tune I will compare several speed tests and compare them to the other drives, testing for each interface the FreeAgent Pro 750GB has. Let's take a look at the drive information in HD Tune for the Seagate FreeAgent Pro. This displays the features available with the drive including S.M.A.R.T. monitoring technology and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). It will also give you detail of the drive, like capacity, formating type (in this case the drive shipped NTFS), and if the drive is bootable, which the FreeAgent is not.
For all the scores, lower is better, except for Average Transfer Rate and Burst Rate, where higher is better.
Now let's take a look at real world transfer speeds. Here we are going to take a 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB compressed file and calculate the time it takes to complete the transfer to the target drive. It will then be compared against the internal drive and the FreeAgent Go. For all scores here, lower is better.
Now that we have seen how the drive performs hardware wise, I couldn't help but test the backup software as well. I do not reccomend intentionally performing what I am about to do because it may harm your system beyond repair, but I wanted to see how well the backup software really took care of business. Since the backup software runs on its own in the background, I went for a whole day letting it backup and restore on its own without touching it. During the day, I created, modified, and "accidently" deleted files that were needed. I then used the drive to copy the files back to see if they were stored on the FreeAgent just 2 hours after the file was saved. Suprisingly the file was automatically transfered to the FreeAgent drive and all I had to do was navigate to the exact same folder on the drive to recover it. That would mean the difference of a lot of time for someone who now does not have to re-type it.
I also wanted to see how well the computer restore worked. I went through and deleted critical files from some programs like Photoshop CS3, Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X to the point that they would not start and the computer was crashing when I ran them. I selected a restore point from earlier that day and after the shutdown and restore sequence was done, my computer automatically rebooted. After it was back up, I ran each of the three programs and voila, all three started up without a hitch, and all the files were back in their rightful places. It was fast too, as it only took 4.5 minuites from the point it started to restore until my computer was up and running again.