Hands-on: Seagate’s FreeAgent Go 320GB Portable Drive

After spending a few weeks using the FreeAgent Go 320GB Portable Drive from Seagate we have had a first hand look at how good this sleek looking drive is.

Seagate call this the “ultimate portable storage solution” and while its hard to claim to be the best its certainly up there with the best we have used. Seagate also claim this to be the “world’s first hard drive docking station”, although we did not test the docking station you can buy this as an extra if you feel the need.


In our highly fashion conscious world its great to style our gadgets and the FreeAgent Go lets you color it just the way you like. You can choose from ten colors to suit your style.


Our review model was in silver as you can see in the photos and it did look a feel very sleek with a polished finished. While holding you can feel the quality and that Seagate went the extra mile with it’s finished design.


We loved the vibrant lighting and how it communicated what the drive was doing. When it was in use you would see the lights seem to breath and when you were not using the drive the lights would fade out.

The storage sizes range from 250GB to 500GB, with our model being 320GB. It’s amazing how thin the FreeAgent Go is for a 320GB drive…very impressive.


Like most portable drives the FreeAgent Go is plug and play, but unlike some it has built in software that can handle all your backing up and encrypt your most important files for extra security. All without the need for any extra software.


The backup and sync system cannot touch Apple’s Time Machine, but then the Go is designed for Windows XP/Vista. It gets the job done by automatically backing up all your stuff and syncing content between home and work computers.


For performance a 5400RPM rotational speed and USB 2.0 that gives up to 480 Mb/s impressed us. The drive weighs 5.64 oz and measures 12.5mm x 80mm x 130mm.


The FreeAgent Go prices vary depending on what storage size you choose, normally you will pay $99 for the 250GB, $129.99 for the 320GB and $149.99 for the 500GB. Although today we see the 320GB on sale at $99 direct at Seagate.

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