"I'm Pleased"on by myra282
Pros Easy to Install Does have an On/Off Button
Cons Had to download .NETware framework & Seatools
Summary Took some time to realize the AutoBackup Software was free with Product Key sticker on instructions booklet. Tried to run a diagnostic test after install and said "This Free Agent drive requires service, contact for RMA #. I called left message, no return call. So I downloaded "Sea Tools" but also had to download .Netware framework. Once that was done I was able to run a diagnostic test and everything was fine. I found the FreeAgent Pro much more user friendly than Maxtor. Had a Maxtor One Touch III and had to return it as it keep causing my system to crash.
Pros Massive storage Plug and Play Price
Cons None that I can see
Summary I put my entire cd collection on this drive
uncompressed. I plug my laptop into my stereo and tv. This drive is great I use it as a uncompressed mega changer for both dvd and cd's. I really like the c&c aluminum finish. Bought at best buy on sale for 99 bucks. I ll be buyinng another one.
Pros eSATA is FAST :)
Cons Would prefer to use it without the base, HD idles after 10 minutes...too short a time.
Summary I, of course, had to get an eSATA external drive when I bought my eSATA motherboard (3.0 Gb/sec), and it was worth it. It works roughly 3.5 times faster than USB 2.0, and paired with my 10,000RPM 150GB WD main drive, it works spectacularly. I use it as a drag & drop storage device so I don't use the included software. The only thing that bugs me is the drive idle time is very short, so when I go to access something on the drive it has to spin up first. I'm sure I can change this in my eSATA bios menu somewhere, but I can't find it Oh well...otherwise, great drive.
Pros plug it in, it tells you how to work it
Cons $30 software subscription
Summary Setup is easy. Plug it in, turn it on. It tells you what to do, starts the backup, and reminds you to get back to work. I guess you could use the drive with whatever software you wanted, but the AutoBackup that comes with it is so smooth that I'll probably kick in the extra $30 to buy it when the 30-day trial period runs out.Updated
The side panels glow with amber light, so the visual effect of this drive is very cool on your desk.Updated
I hear that firewire is quicker. USB users need to set realistic expectations about the speed of backups. This means a few things:
First, be selective about your backup needs. What really needs to be saved? Don't make the mistake of selecting large directories with files you really don't need, like oodles of zip file backups.
Second, break up your backup plan into smaller chunks of stuff. Don't toss everything into your first backup order. I think about a gig or two at a time would work well with this device.
Third, you'll begin to realize that backup can be a forethought, and that will begin to change your working habits as you think ahead about organizing your content in backup-friendly ways.
Finally, I have noticed some users on the internet complaining that the device just sits there doing nothing. My guess is this: the on-off switch can be a subtle thing. I turned mine off without realizing it. But once you locate the switch, there's no mistaking whether it's on or off, because the whole thing either glows or it doesn't....Updated
I hear firewire is faster, but USB users need to set realistic expectations for data transfer speeds. Select your backup needs carefully, and break your backup chores into byte-sized chunks (a gig or two at a time). I tossed everthing into the kitchen sink, and the poor little guy is still trying to chew it down. Also, the on-off switch is a subtle feature here. I see some users complaining that the device doesn't do anything. But you'll know the difference between on and off by the way it glows.
Pros Ease of use and Speed
Cons Won't back up Encrypted files
Summary This is a great hard-drive if you have usual files like videos, pictures and word documents. For some reason, it won't back up windows encrypted files. So, if you have files that you need to encrypt for work, the software is rather useless. On the other hand you can still use the hard-drive, but the software won't back-up the encrypted files