REVIEW Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive

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The Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive is an excellent product. Portable storage is a must for anyone who has MP3s, movies, files, or pictures that they want to take with them or want to back up. The Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive is a great choice. Here’s why …

The Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive

It is amazing to think that only forty years ago, you would have seen professors and students cautiously ambling around places like MIT or Harvard with massive stacks of computer punch cards with them. Heaven forbid a strong wind came along and blew those precious punch cards out of their hands; thereby, destroying literally hours upon hours of careful sequential sorting. Then came magnetic tape; you know the stuff the HAL used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. An improvement, but not by much. Then came the 8 inch floppy disk, the 5 1/4 inch floppy disk, and finally the 3 1/2 inch floppy disk (with its whopping 240 MB storage capacity).

Let’s see here now; the Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive that I own is the 500 GB version. This is equivalent to 500,000 MB or 2083 3 1/2 inch floppy disks. Perhaps even more amazing is how storage capacity has shrunk so dramatically. 3 1/2 floppies used to be sold in boxes of ten whose dimensions were roughly 3 1/2 x 2 x 3 1/2 (this equals 21.125 cubic inches per box). Multiply this by 2083 and you have 44003 cubic inches (roughly over the volume of over two refrigerators). The Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive (500 GB) packs this memory into something with not much more volume than a pack of cigarettes. Amazing! (NB Math is not my strongest suit, so if you have any corrections, please make a comment).

Now, computer memory is really just a commodity these days. A few big manufacturers make all of it (same with computer chips). The big difference here is reliability. I have owned a number of Seagate products in the past and have never had a failure. I find their products to be well-built and reliable. The Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive (500 GB) is no exception. I like the feel of it and I like the sound of it when it reads, write, or deletes data. It feels solidly and reliably built to me.

I also love that fact that the Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive also just plugs right into my XBOX 360 with its attached USB cable and that it’s self-powered (by that I mean that it is powered through the USB connection). Through my XBOX 360, the Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive shows magnificent movies, videos, etc. on my frugal 90 inch screen (which I bought for $500 bucks – read about this amazing big screen TV idea here).

In summary, the Seagate Free Agent Go Portable Drive (500 GB) is a well-built and reliable product that rates as an excellent buy (five stars). I highly recommend it (although, I am sure, that something better will come along very soon as is true with all technology-related stuff). I will rate that up and coming produce when it actually does come out.

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