Hey folks, Valkor here. And I'd like to welcome the folks at Seagate into the confines of the Val-Cave and allowing the Val-man to play with their wares. Seagate is best known for being one of the best, if not THE BEST, in computer storage. This round I'm doubling up and reviewing Seagate's FreeAgent 640GB portable drive and the FreeAgent Dock (sold separately).
First up the FreeAgent drive; the 640GB is the latest drive in the FreeAgent series. It comes in PC or MAC version. The one we were sent was the MAC version and the Val-Cave doesn't have MAC anything. But a quick Google search and Disk Management fix set that puppy right. (Not knockin off points for that). Also the version I have is the silver, but you can choose from one of ten different colors. The drive itself is quite slim and can easily fit in your pocket or slip inside the pouch area of any bag, which is a huge plus for me because when travelling I want less bulk, not more. It spins at 5400 rpm and its USB 2.0 compatible. Finally 640GB isn't the only size you have to play with; you can go as low as 250GB up to 1TB.
The FreeAgent Dock is just an accessory that works in holding the FreeAgent Go upright, rather than laying it about, putting in a position where it can fall and break. The dock has two connections – one for power and the other for the drive. Plus it has a no-slip bottom so minor bumps or brushes won't knock it over. Oddly enough the Dock comes with a carrying case for the Go, I would think it'd be the other way around, but I digress.
First the Go. For portability, I give it major plus points simply because it's so easy to carry around with any additional bulk. It slips into the pouches of my messenger or directly in my slack pockets. Transfer data is a bit slow, but this isn't meant for speed, it's meant for backing up. And if I need to take data with me on the quick, it certainly won't be anything huge, file size wise. It's also great that you have an array of colors to choose from so you can actually buy different drives, different colors, for different uses I.e. Black for movies, blue for music, red for other data.
Now the dock is simply a dock, with nothing special about it other than it has a no-slip bottom. Now that may not seem like much, but actually that's a positive because you DON'T want that drive dropping from a simple brush. I'm a clumsy ox so yea that happens. Plus the dock is also quite portable and makes for a great setup when out and about. So definitely a great addition
Data loading will take some time. I clocked a 13 gig at 11plus minutes and a 1gig file at 1:40 min. However loading is just BAM! In your face quick.
If you're lookin for a portable drive that's sleek and ready to go when you're ready to go then look no further than Seagate's FreeAgent Go. Plus getting the FreeAgent Dock as an add-on will enhance its use and give you a more professional look. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give both the Dock and the GO a combined score of 4.5 and both have been Valkor tested and TOV Approved.