Pros -Easy installation
-LOTS of space for a good price
Cons -It doesn't ship with accessories, so if you don't use USB 2.0 you will have to pay extra for the other adapters. However the different adapters attach easily.
-Easily knocked over. Doesn't take much to send it from vertical to horizontal.
Summary Overall this is an awesome external hard drive. I purchased the 1TB for $99, which is around the same price a lot of competitors are selling 500GB or 750GB. You get a lot of space for an average price for hard drives. Right out of the box, the hard drive was easy to assemble (take off the plastic, plug in USB cable, plug in power adapter). It installed the software within seconds on my laptop and I was able to begin backing up my information in no time.
The only down side I can think of is that the unit does fall if given enough effort. However, it's a sturdy casing so it'll be fine as long as it doesn't fall out of a two-story window.
I am an average user, so the USB 3.0 and other accessories don't matter to me. Still, if that does matter to you, then you will have to pay extra to buy those accessories.
I'm loving this hard drive and currently in the process of figuring out what to do with all this space.
Pros Large storage capacity, easy hookup
Cons Slows system operation down. Verified this by unplugging drive and monitoring system speed
Summary maybe the firewire interface or USB 3.0 would speed up laptop speed but you have to purchase that separately. Have talked with technicians who where professional but not to helpful.
Pros Good design but very poorly executed!
Cons Drive spins constantly, even when computer is off! See this forum on Seagate:
Summary Drive starts spinning whenever power cord is plugged in, there is no off switch. Seagate apparently designed it this way and does not care if customers don't want this. Many other problems reported for both PC and Mac users. Don't buy it. Its back to drawing board for me, I cannot recommend an alternative yet.
Pros Affordable and easy to carry with you. Customer support was very good in answering questions.
Cons I had a Seagate GoFlex that stopped working after approximately 6 months of having it. I sent the GoFlex back to Seagate for a replacement. Seagate sent me a refurbished GoFlex.
Summary I am currently on my second Seagate paper weight and once again I have to send it back to the company without being able to retrieve my data to get another one. I am very unhappy with Seagate due to the fact that I was under the impression that Seagate was a good dependable hard drive. I guess my search for a good back up will have to continue on.
Pros Nice physical and technical design and low cost (Costco).
Cons Over time software dramatically interfered with and slowed down all system functions. Trying to access copy or delete under Windows Explorer often took 2 minutes or more with frequent crashes.
Summary Totally unacceptable as a backup device.