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Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 500GB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive ST305004FPA2E3-RK Black

  • ST305004FPA2E3-RK
  • USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / eSATA
  • 3.5"
  • 5 years limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • mike z.
  • 7/3/2013 8:11:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: slow

Cons: slow

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  • Shawn W.
  • 5/13/2009 7:00:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of junk

Pros: Nothing

Cons: I picked up this unit and within 30 minutes runtime I had drive errors. I have had just about every single issue; delayed write, paging, partition, etc.

On top of that this drive would make continuous high-pitched screaching noise when the disk is accessed. Exchanged the unit for another, and again in about the same amount of time the exact same issues appeared.

Returned unit, bought Western Digital USB drive, everything has worked just fine since. Seagate owes a lot of customers a refund on these, quality this poor just means they did very little testing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2009 10:58:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast transfer and write speeds, easy to use, had a lot of space but I used it all pretty quick. Easy to manage, you can backup, sync, and use the security features on the PnP software. In my experience it has been very reliable on any computer and connection type.

Cons: Was more expensive when I got it, software wont let you format it as anything other than NTFS. This could probably be worked around if I cared.

Other Thoughts: Many reviews have brought up eSATA and overheating problems. eSATA problems are most likely due to their settings or hardware, but could also be the drive. I don't know all the info, but I have never had a problem.

I have noticed when I transfer files for a long time period it does get a little warm, but I have never had any concern over heat. It runs cooler when stood up vertically as opposed to laid down. I have never had a problem w/ this drive or any other Seagate drive I have owned. I would recommend this drive, but if you don't need eSATA there are other (cheaper) options...

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  • Joshua C.
  • 4/13/2009 12:04:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood, if you like a bunch of issues

Pros: Fair storage space
Fast as hell as eSATA (benched at 100 megs read)
Got it for 70 bucks

Cons: I have had numerous problems with this ever since I set it up as an eSATA.
First, I am not sure if it's just my mobo, but it has significantly increased (about 2 minutes; boot used to be about 5 seconds) my boot time as POST searches for the drive, which for some reason it has major issues doing.

Second, this thing works sporadically, meaning it works one boot, but not the next. This thing is not even detected in BIOS. I had to physically unplug my C drive (not to be confused with this external) and switch it to another SATA port before this drive was detected again, only to restart and have it not detected again.

Being fed up, I installed AHCI drivers and set this drive as AHCI mode. Windows installed the drivers all fine and dandy. I then restarted my computer, only for Windows to go back through the driver installation and ask for yet another restart. Not sure if this is this drive or just Windows.

Other Thoughts: I got it for 70 bucks at a retail store 20 minutes from my house.

ASRock P43Twins1600 mobo
4 gig ram
4870 1 gig vram
Windows Vista 32-bit

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  • george t.
  • 4/10/2009 7:59:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFree Agent Drives

Pros: Nothing special

Cons: Undependable

Other Thoughts: I have three Free Agent drives. All would stop working after 30 minutes or so, with one drive never starting again. It is well known that these drives overheat. Some say you can disconnect the Led light to reduce heat. I have a fan blowing on the drives which seems to help. Maybe Seagate has fixed the problem, but why risk it? All my other external drives work fine, but only the Free Agent drives have problems.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2009 9:33:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Drive

Pros: I have vista 64 and Linux OpenSuse and drive works fine if you understand that you do not use 32bit backup software with 64bit OSes.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Don't be foolish to try and use the 32 bit backup program provided with the drive for use on 64bit OSes. Seagate ships a 32bit backup program with unit. The average user does not use a 64bit OS. And most if not all computers bought over the counter ARE 32bit OSes. enough said...

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  • Kyle S.
  • 1/6/2009 8:14:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood drive

Pros: It's very quiet, I don't hear it at all over my laptop...visually appealing, easy to work with, the software is pretty self explanatory. And a 5-year warranty can't be beat.

Cons: I was told that the LED lights would go off after 15 minutes of usage and it would go "idle" to save some power...but if you have it sync'ed to your drives, this option is no longer available even when nothing is being added to your drives.

Other Thoughts: Good solid drive all around. I just hope it lasts a long time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/5/2009 8:03:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNo 64-bit Support

Pros: None due to Cons listed.

Cons: Backup and Synchronization software for all Seagate FreeAgent external drives is not supported by the 64-bit version of Windows Vista or XP. Seagate customers have been complaining about this for over a year and apparently Seagate has no intentions of releasing a version of the software that is 64-bit compatible.

Other Thoughts: If you are running any 64-bit version of Windows Vista or XP I would not recommend buying this drive. If you are ok with the synchronization and backup software not working I guess the drive is ok but I bought this drive as a backup drive so the software was key for me and the lack of software support makes it a real pain.

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  • Tsz W.
  • 12/22/2008 3:43:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well with Linux

Pros: 1. Fast
2. Auto on/off
3. Works correctly with Linux

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: In the previous generation of Seagate FreeAgents, many Linux users reported the drive remounting into read-only mode after the drive went into standby. This made me reluctant to buy a Seagate FreeAgent, but Seagate's consistently high quality drew me to it anyway. I performed the test on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 (Hardy Heron). I mounted the drive, left it alone until it switched off, and then tried writing something to it. The test was successful on both the IEEE 1394 and USB interfaces.

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  • daryl s.
  • 10/10/2008 4:32:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsJust replying to esata issue's someone had

Pros: Sounds like a nice drive

Cons: Don't have one yet

Other Thoughts: Just replying to esata issue's someone had

Esata .... not all motherboards are capable of fielding that technology. Not all SATA connections or connectors are esata. If your mobo doesn't have those specs enabled... it won't work. Ususally you don't have to enable it but just used the esata capable connection on the mobo. Check you mobo quide to be sure.

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