Today it dawned on me that I needed to buy an external hard drive.
So I compared prices on futureshop.ca and newegg.ca (usually newegg should be cheaper) after I researched a bit I decided to buy the Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB. At futureshop it was 146.73 after tax while on newegg it was 151 (also at futureshop I didn’t have to wait for delivery because of the local store.) So I bought it in the Downtown Montreal store.
After getting home I noticed a few Pros just about the packaging! The box comes with plastic compartments for organization. This means that you can reuse the box for moving etc, instead of just throwing it away (Green points). So now the box is sitting in my closet for when I need it. The Design of the Hard drive is really smooth and flowing. It has a very macesc look to it (even the cables). Another pro that I found was the Ac Adaptor, not only is it 110/220 Automatic voltage (sometimes I travel to countries with different voltage systems), but it also has a removable plug so you can change the face to match another country’s wall plug (Eg. UK, US, ETC).
I found that the performance was good for copying files from my laptop’s hard drive. It averaged about 17-18mb per second on Windows 7 Build 7000. However I did a hdtune benchmark and here are the results:
I found that the Seagate Manager software is good, however it has a minor flaw that would keep me from using it. It can’t backup a whole partition, only folders. Yet the software allows you to run automatic backups at times you desire so that is a plus. However I do have to dock it down for the partition issue, maybe in the future it will be able to. Finally the great part about the software is that it lets you control the drive. It lets you decide when to power off the drive if it is not being used, so it can save electricity (green points). You can even control if you want the led on or not (I find this really cool).