Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB & FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra 500GB Mobile Hard Drive Reviewajmatson -
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Seagate has always produced excellent hard drives and these two portable series are no exception. These portable drives have the robust features that most desktop style external drives have, yet they can be toted with you anywhere you go. The 640GB Go drive, while only having a USB 2.0 interface, has full versions of the Seagate suite for your entire backup and sync needs. The 500GB GoFlex has multiple interfaces available for it including USB 3.0, FireWire and even powered eSATA. The drawback to the GoFlex is the software that comes standard on the Go series is only trials on the GoFlex, with the exception of the Instant Backup. I am at a loss as to why Seagate took a step back in this department.
Performance wise, both drives performed as expected with the limitations of USB 2.0 when using the appropriate adapter for the GoFlex. When the USB 3.0 adapter was inserted on the GoFlex, we saw a huge improvement in transfer speeds by almost two fold in HD Tune and almost exact on with the internal SATA interface and the BlacX dock when transferring a 500MB file. Priced at $69.99 for the GoFlex 500GB with the USB 2.0 interface and $99.00 for the Go 640GB, both drives are well priced for their capacities and offerings. The GoFlex USB 3.0 interface is also very affordable at around $19.99. Pair that and the drive together and you have a fast portable backup system for your needs. If you are in the market for a portable drive, I highly recommend you check out both of these series from Seagate.
- Competitively Priced
- GoFlex has changeable interfaces
- Available sizes and colors
- Included backup and other software
- GoFlex has trial instead of included software