Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB

Say hello to my very first terradrive! That puts my current storage capacity total to a little over 3TB’s

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Normally, I wouldn’t be caught buying another storage device as I already have three of them, all with capacities below this one, but then again, storage space is classified as consumables which requires replenishment.

In this day and age where file size is no longer normally quantified, there is the underlying and often overlooked detail of transfer speed. That is where the GoFlex range from Seagate comes in. Versatility is the name of the game as the device is compatible with the more mainstream USB 2.0 and the faster and more recent USB 3.0 which promises transfer rates at least 10 times that of its predecessor nearly at par with eSATA. The difference lies within the cable:

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As shown in the photo above, the indicative blue color is present on the right end of the cable which corresponds to USB 3.0 rated receptacles within computing devices; on the left end there is a two tier connection, this enables a simultaneous read/write which results in significant speed boosts when compared to the earlier USB 2.0.

The device comes with compatibility drivers for both PC and Mac preloaded onto the drive and will have its own icon whenever it is connected. My initial use for it involved moving lots and lots of video files in order to free up some of the other drives with lower capacities and for ease of access. The general heat that came off the device during heavy transfers seems to be just normal and definitely within specified operating ranges. Admittedly though it is bulkier than most WD terradrives that I have handled, so carrying it around can be quite cumbersome.

A few words of warning though:

What would be problematic when transferring to high capacity drives is in case it should fail, a whole chunk of data is lost along with it. So. while it is good advice to carry around plenty of data in one drive, it is equally good advice to distribute them into smaller multiple drives as well.

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