Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 500 GB External Hard Drive - ST305004FDA1E1-RK

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Performance

Those of you with a motherboard or add-on card with an eSATA (External SATA) port will be pleasantly surprised by the performance of this drive. I own five of them. I have not had any problems regarding drive spin-down in two of the five units. I believe this is because I have set the idle spin-down time in the OS to match the 15-minute timer on the drive; therefore, the OS is expecting the drive to be spun down and is willing to wait for it to start up again. The other three are in an eSATA RAID 5 setup, and aren't idle often enough to spin down. An excellent product, and a bargain that's made even better by the presence of the wonderful eSATA port.

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I have been a customer of Buy.com for a while and they always deliver good prices combined with very good fast shipping, overall the HDD has been working awesome I even bought a second one a couple of days ago,, really good quality

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The drive is outstanding... customer support is la

by Richard Sullivan on 9/29/2007

I can't say enough about the ease of use, performance, and installation (once you get the right parts). The drive came from the manufacturer in less time that I had anticipated, but had a defective USB cable. The error messages and the on-site help that were associated with the error message were useless. Luckily, I had an extra cable that fit the drive and the computer. That was all it took; my Windows XP desktop found the drive immediately, had all the correct identifications for it and I was up and running within minutes of hooking up the correct cable. Tech support was to send a new cable but 4 months later nothing has arrived. For the money, this is an outstanding performer. Read More

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If you value performance, invest in eSATA hardware

on 9/30/2007

Those of you with a motherboard or add-on card with an eSATA (External SATA) port will be pleasantly surprised by the performance of this drive. I own five of them. I have not had any problems regarding drive spin-down in two of the five units. I believe this is because I have set the idle spin-down time in the OS to match the 15-minute timer on the drive; therefore, the OS is expecting the drive to be spun down and is willing to wait for it to start up again. The other three are in an eSATA RAID 5 setup, and aren't idle often enough to spin down. An excellent product, and a bargain that's made even better by the presence of the wonderful eSATA port. Read More

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Product Overview

When its time to back up and protect your digital content--photos, music, documents, and more--it doesn't get much easier than the Seagate Free Agent Desktop USB Portable Hard Drive. Simply plug it in to any power source, connect the USB cable to any computer, and you're ready to go. This hip-looking hard drive takes up less room on your desk than an ordinary stapler, giving you more space for your other desktop items.

If you're still relying on your personal computer or back-up CDs or DVDs to store your digital content or vital personal or family documents, you're running an unnecessary risk. Your computer can only hold so many files and can crash at any time, leaving you helpless to access your content. DVDs and CDs have a place in archiving, but they get easily scratched and lost. It's too risky to store everything in your computer, and too time-consuming and cumbersome to have a drawer full of CDs or DVDs.

Computers come and go, but your content should always be nearby. With up to 250 glorious gigabytes, the Free Agent external hard drive is the best place to gather and access all of your important photos, movies, music, games and documents. Simply plug in the power and the USB cable and you’re ready to go.

The Seagate Free Agent is big enough to store a huge portion of your digital content in a safe and secure environment, but small enough to let you take that content with you wherever you go. In other words, having the Seagate Free Agent is like having your entire computer with you at all times, but in a package that's a small fraction of the space and weight of your computer. Designed to live peacefully in your home or office, the Free Agent external hard drive is extra quiet and takes up less room on your desk than a stapler. Even the cable ports are base-mounted to help keep your desk free of clutter. We even add a little bit of sophistication to your desktop with the unique espresso brown finish and molten amber illumination.

The sleek and slim design of this hard drive--only measures 7.5 x 1.6 x 6.4-inches (H x D x W)--and a weight of less than four pounds. The Seagate Free Agent lets you transfer files seamlessly from your computer via its USB 2.0 connection at a brisk transfer rate of up to 480Mb/sec. The drive delivers a spindle speed of 7,200 RPM, giving you the high-speed performance you need to back your data up quickly and safely.

The Seagate Free Agent is ready to use out of the box with a PC, but it can be made Mac-ready in a matter of minutes with Mac OS X's Disk Utility. This portable hard drive is already compatible with Windows Vista (as well as Windows XP and Windows 2000), allowing you to backup your content regardless of operating system upgrades.

At this compact size, and with this high performance, you now have the ability to take your data with you anywhere you go, so your digital content finally has room to breathe. A five-year warranty is also included, giving you complete peace of mind.

Specifications

Manufacturer Seagate
Mfg Part# ST305004FDA1E1-RK
SKU 204110102
UPC 763649003008
UPC 14 00763649003008
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Features
500 GB external hard drive connects to your computer via USB cable
7200 RPM spindle speed for high-speed performance and fast read times
Backup CDs, DVDs or store files and programs for on-the-go
Footprint is no bigger than a stapler
Customizable power-saving feature
USB 2.0 interface; just plug it in and you're ready to go
Includes FreeAgent external hard drive, USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter, and quick start guide; 5-year limited warranty
Tech Specs
Technical Specs
Interface: USB 2.0/1.1
Capacity: 500 GB
Model Number: ST302504FDA1E1-RK
Performance Specs
USB 2.0: 480 MB/sec
Spindle Speed: 7200 RPM
Physical Specs
Product Dimensions: 7.5” tall x 1.6” thin (without 3.2” wide base) x 6.4” deep
Product Weight: 2 lbs
Limited Warranty: 5 Year
Box Contents: FreeAgent desktop drive, USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter, Quick start guide
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