Seagate FreeAgent GoFLex 1.5TB Review

Seagate has introduced the new FreeAgent GoFLex 1.5TB drive is a USB 3.0 in a usual portable shell for the users who requires a ton of space and also speed in External drive.

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Features and Design

There is no need of two USB connectors like other devices. The USB 3.0 cable is thick, is of good quality and is fairly long. The drive has the same USB connectivity module at the back as some of the other past GoFLex drives had so there’s no need to swap the connector module with a USB 3.0 . The glossy finishing looks the drive very attractive. Seagate bundles a Memeo Instant Backup application for you to be able to quickly backup data from your PC to the drive. This high speed portable drive is little bit thicker than most portable drives but it just about fits into a pocket.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Properties

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz

Motherboard: GIGABYTE P67A-UD3R

Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2 GB)

Hard drive: WD Velociraptor  300 GB

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II

PSU: Cooler Master 1000W

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Performance

The performance of USB 3.0 is comparatively higher than USB 2.0 . The Seagate FreeAgent 1.5TB is a 5400 rpm drive with 16MB of cache. Write speeds are a healthy 87.33MB/s for a single 4GB file. Assorted file tests take a beating though with speeds dropping to 48.14MB/s. Synthetic tests showed the read and write speeds to be around 74MB/s while reading and 71MB/s while writing. Latencies are somewhat high at 23ms, but it doesn’t affect performance much.

There are no heating issues or vibrations or audible sounds from the drive. Overall though, the performance is very promising and the speeds are very close to 3.5-inch internal desktop drives.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Price

The cost is also much as like the space and speed of USB 3.0. Priced at Rs. 12,500 it’s expensive for sure. If you’re looking for desktop drive-like performance and capacity, then this is worth considering.

About the Author: Robin C

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