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Seagate FreeAgent Pro ST310005FPA1E3-RK 1TB 7200 RPM USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a (Dual FireWire 400 interface module)/ eSATA External Hard Drive

  • 7200 RPM
  • USB 2.0 / eSATA Select models include dual FireWire 400
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Protect your data like the pro you are with Seagate's FreeAgent Pro triple interface backup solution. This 1TB drive has three interfaces so you can use it in just about any single system application. The FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connections make this a versatile solution in multiplatform environment. There is also an eSATA connection for blazing fast 3Gb/s transfers.

The FreeAgent software automatically backs up your data and stores it in multiple locations like an iPod or an email server. You can even have the software send the data to a secure online location. This lets you access the data 24/7 from anywhere, making it a great option for people who need to get at their data when travelling and don't want to leave their home networks up when they're gone.

  • newegg Huge 1TB Storage Capacity The Seagate FreeAgent Pro (Model ST310005FPA1E3-RK) provides an amazing 1TB capacity so you can save your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing and even back up your system.
  • newegg Triple Interfaces The Seagate FreeAgent Pro (Model ST310005FPA1E3-RK) combines three industry-leading external hard drive interfaces (IEEE 1394a, eSATA and USB 2.0) for maximum performance and universal connectivity.
  • newegg Segate FreeAgent Software Seagate FreeAgent Tools provides a user-friendly interface for easy management of your FreeAgent Pro hard drive -- run diagnostic tests, adjust the drive's sleep settings, control system rollback settings, manage backup/restore and synchronize data from several PCs.

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  • GREGORY E.
  • 12/25/2008 1:01:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Drive I have ever owned

Pros: It worked, long enough to back up my media library, and back up my computer. It glows yellow, if you like that sort of thing.

Cons: After using this drive over the past 2 months it has heated up quickly. I shortened my intervals of using this drive due to this. At first it had issues reading files. THen it would show files being present, but then stating they were no longer available. Now it's not recognized by Windows, and no files are recoverable. What's the point of external 1TB storage if your cannot trust it as a backup?

Other Thoughts: What were they thinking when they gave this thing a 5 year warranty? I would like it replaced, but why would I go through this again with another subpar drive? What happened to Seagates quality?

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  • A M.
  • 12/18/2008 3:58:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggseSATA runs at 1/2 USB 2.0 speed!!!

Pros: unlike others i like the look, good price for triple interface, FireWire speed is excellent.

Cons: eSATA is SLLLOOOOWWW!!! 1/2 the speed of USB-9 got an eSATA only enclosure with same eSATA card and this thing just smokes Firewire.. it's just as fast as an internal SATA drive.

Other Thoughts: if you have no plans of using it with eSATA it's a great drive... fireWire is VERY fast... but don't even think about using it with eSATA

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  • Roger B.
  • 12/8/2008 10:22:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGenerally very pleased

Pros: With one exception, this is an excellent product. Backup functions well, design is great. Email responses from Seagate (once a more senior tech got involved) were helpful. I am only using USB connection for the time being. Have been using it for 5 months.

Cons: If FreeAgent is connected by USB when starting up my PC, computer will hang at the Windows XP boot screen and NOT boot up. Can boot up only without connecting the FreeAgent in advance. SeaGate says I must make adjustment to my BIOS so that computer will not attempt to boot up from the USB-connected FreeAgent. Problem is that my BIOS do not provide for the adjustments that Seagate recommends I modify. For the moment I am living with this, as it is only a minor irritant plugging the USB in to the front of my computer after bootup, but it is not perfect. Sooner or later I will figure out how to make this work seamlessly.

Other Thoughts: Despite this, I think it is a very effective way for me to have auto backup. I am buying a second one (500 gig) for another family PC this week. I have read all the reviews on this and the 500 gig drive, surpised to hear so many problems. I have no need for highspeed backups, so an unconcerned with FireWire commentary.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2008 2:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: It's really fast, great speeds. I love how it has usb, firewire AND eSata!!! I still have yet to use eSata, but I can only imagine how great it will be. This drive is compatibale with both PC and MACs. It's very quiet and very fast, if you got firewire. Doesn't seem to have any problems.

Cons: Get's extremely hot... It doesn't burn you or anything, but it's the hottest piece of computer equipment I've ever handled in computer tech. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem like it has a fan anywhere. It might be somewhere inside, but you can't see it because of the huge case surrounding it. The nice rubber feet keep it from sliding.

Other Thoughts: So far, I've done my absolute best to keep it from toppling over or anything. When I transport it to other places, I put it in a box with good cushioning because I don't want any vibration or shock to hurt it. Only once so far, it has done something weird. I was using it on a Mac for video editing, and I think it got so hot that it shut off, and then turned back on moments later... It wasn't completly my fault as I was sitting in a ridiculously hot room at the time. I'll make sure never to do that again.
So far it's been running well since August of 2008. I'm donig my best to keep it from getting any damage.

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  • Vince H.
  • 10/14/2008 2:57:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBeware Seagate Free Agent Drives

Pros: There are any pros. Original and series of warranty replacement drives have failed within the first 4 times of using each one. One drive failed after less than 5 minutes usage the first time.

Cons: 100% failure rate on 750 GB Free Agent drives - original, its replacement, then latter's replacement. Awaiting still another replacement with very low expectations that it will be ok.

50% failure rate on 1 TB Free Agent drives, but I suspect this will change to 100%.

Other Thoughts: Seagate Free Agent external hard drives overheat when used for backing up internal hard drives. The drives then freeze the entire PC, they don't just fail themselves. This is a design problem, which means all of the drives of the same engineering release have to have the same trouble.

Worst PC hard drives I've ever used - failure rate is ridiculous - my experience goes back to 1983 when the first hard drives came out for PCs.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/12/2008 3:05:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat - but with a few quirks

Pros: Large space. Good transfer speed (providing you have an eSATA port and cable).

Cons: Sometimes the Memeo Backup Client (that came with it) didn't want to update the backup. Maybe it was just my computer being dumb, but it just wouldn't do anything even if my computer "recognized" it. That, and the Client wasn't completely updated (although I tried to at first, the Memeo page was down and wouldn't let me update for a while).

Also, the ON "button"/sensor thingamajig doesn't always respond. Sometime I have to pick it up and set it back down to get it to turn on. Just a little quirk.

Other Thoughts: It's only a four, as opposed to a five, because of the weirdness of the preinstalled backup client and the slight annoyance of the On button. Other than that it's a great buy!

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  • Stephanie S.
  • 10/9/2008 8:02:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExceeded Expectations

Pros: Fast and flexible. Runs cool and quiet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I did not have much hope that anyone was making a high capacity and reliable external hard drive but Seagate has done it with this one. I love having this sitting on my desktop and having all my data backed up automatically locally to supplement my off site backup.

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  • John H.
  • 10/1/2008 6:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good looking. USB/Firewire/Estata. Quiet.

Cons: Gets hot with long data transfer. The metal underside of the base gets hot too.
Top heavy.
Took all day to move 366Gb by firewire. Did not do esata because unit did not come with a cable and the one I had was not "I" to "I" which this unit needs.

Other Thoughts: Knocked this over accidentally, so that was that. Bought a Vantec aluminum enclosure from Newegg and a HD and like that much better. Smaller, cooler, and can replace the drive if the drive gets broken. Easy to install.

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  • Brian S.
  • 10/1/2008 1:00:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsUnreliable Firewire Connection

Pros: Price. Capacity.

Cons: After formatting, I attempted to backup my MacBook using the Firewire port on the device. Walked away to let it back up 320Gb and later returned to hear a scary clicking sound (that I could hear through the office door.) The device had locked up the system and was running very hot. Data had failed to copy. The drive appeared to still operate, but I deemed it untrustworthy after the episode. (I've worked with many drives, this one was perhaps the most disturbing out-of-the-box experience I've had.)

Replaced the Firewire with another wire but was so startled by the sound and heat, I can't trust the device to hold critical data. USB 2.0 connection didn't seem to have a problem. Will likely return without exchange to local store.

Other Thoughts: Awkward configuration of the pedestal and the drive. Seems somewhat heavier than one would expect. Oversized bright yellow light on covering much of the top of the enclosure does not allow inconspicuous computing in public places. The over-styled appearance screams, "Hi world!" to anyone watching you work, and is somewhat distracting.

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  • Richard S.
  • 9/25/2008 4:20:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Purchase

Pros: Lots of space! Data transfers are fairly quick using the eSATA cable. comes with USB cable and firewire. There is a code inside the quick start guide that registers the back up software which is ok, nothing to jump off a chair about but... The first drive had to be RMA'd but we are after all talking about New Egg so no worries there

Cons: Free Agent is not compatible with Vista64 so you can't access the stuff like the adjustments for the light dimer or the sleep setting so the drive will go to sleep and whe your using eSATA the only way to wake it up is to restart the system and it seems to run a bit hotter using eSATA. The USB connection is not nearly as quick (no surprise there) but the drive won't go to sleep and it runs cooler. Could have saved some $$$ buying the drive that doesn't have the eSATA connection as it is less expensive and I could have saved the $$$ on the eSATA cable since it doesn't really work in Vista64- How long has Vista64 been out now and a Major Hard Drive Manufacture as large as Seagate/Maxtor can't manage a program that will run in 64 bit?? Very Disappointed in that

Other Thoughts: I would have loved to given this a better rating but throwing money out the window on something that won't work properly on the FASTEST set up is a major consideration and disapointment.

Didn't like having to pay for the return shipping- There outta be a way to do that with some kind of credit towards another purchase or ??

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