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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive ST305004FDA1E1-RK

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  • ST305004FDA1E1-RK
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5"
  • 5 years limited

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Life should be easy. All too often, electronics, especially computer peripherals, require excessive amounts of skull sweat to get everything to work right. Luckily, Seagate understands how to make it easy. When you need to back up your digital content, of any type, it doesn't get much easier than the Seagate Free Agent Desktop 500GB USB Portable Hard Drive.

Simply connect the USB cable to any computer, and you're ready to go. This hip-looking hard drive takes up less room on your desk than most office tools, but has the capacity to hold the files you need.

At this compact size, and with this high performance, you now have the ability to take your data with you anywhere you go, so your digital content finally has room to breathe. Seagate comes to the rescue of your accumulating library of data, and for a price that won't leave too big a hole in your wallet!

  • newegg High Performance Hard Drive The Seagate FreeAgent ST305004FDA1E1-RK is equipped with a high performance 7200 RPM hard drive with a total capacity of 500 GB.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The Seagate FreeAgent ST305004FDA1E1-RK features USB 2.0 interface for fast-speed and plug-and-play connectivity.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Awful Drive 10/26/2015 9:57:44 AM

Pros: Good capacity for customer use

Cons: Since day one the drive has been difficult to be recognized by computer, have changed out three or four cables, put on another computer and still problems. Often when accessing the drive it asks to format, which would erase all data. Now the drive, spins up, lights up and no computer will recognize it

Overall Review: When drives like this fail, or start to, since day one it tells a lot about the manufacture. Will never purchase a Seagate drive again.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
still going strong 2/25/2014 12:46:21 PM

Pros: been using this with time machine on my macbook for 5 years, still works, great reliability

Cons: none

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Would buy again 6/28/2012 10:43:50 AM

Pros: It ran for 2 years, 10 months, 29 days.

Comes with a 5 Year warranty.
Seagate RMA was smooth. They DOUBLED (500GB -> 1TB) the size of my replacement drive and it came with USB 3.0.

Cons: It ran for 2 years, 10 months, 29 days.

I was expecting a product with a 5 year warranty to last a bit longer.
Seagate standard RMA has very strict packaging requirements. You are probably better off spending the $20? to do advanced RMA.

Overall Review: I am docking 1 star because it crapped out sooner than I would have preferred. The warranty and RMA process is what earned the other 4 stars. I bought my drive before the Thailand floods and paid a mere $65 for 500GB. My replacement arrived and is valued at about $100 on todays market. I made out pretty darn well!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
SUPER 6/23/2012 3:30:27 PM

Pros: Works Good all the time

Cons: None

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Ownership: more than 1 year
3/ 5
"Slim design" not exactly "slim" 7/14/2009 10:37:14 AM

Pros: Looks good, eSATA or mini-USB connectivity, 7200RPM.

Cons: "slim design" does not include the non-removable base, no power button.

Overall Review: I bought this HD for dj'ing, which means it needs to be portable. I wish I had known that it had a gigantic base that is not removable, making it not fit very well into any sort of laptop bag. It would be a fantastic hard drive for me if it could just lay flat. I don't even care that it has no power button since I only allow the laptop to turn it on and off. It would be five eggs if it weren't for the base.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
So far, so good 7/9/2009 8:10:58 AM

Pros: Very sleek looking and smaller than I expected. Simple hookup with power usb cables. No drivers or software required, WinXP quickly recognized drive. Backed up just under 50gig of music and pictures in a little under an hour. Amazingly quiet!

Cons: Yellow light that runs along the entire front of the drive when in use could be a con to some. Not a problem for me, but if your computer is in your bedroom this light may be annoying at night. Luckily you don't have to remove power from drive when not in use, just remove the drive using "safely remove hardware" on XP and the light will go out.

Overall Review: Very happy with purchase so far (have only had item for a couple of days). As always, Newegg processing and shipping is the best. Ordered on Monday at 3pm and received hard drive Wednesday.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Good for the Price, but worth it? 7/8/2009 3:17:57 PM

Pros: Easily and quickly configged to my Mac, easy to drag and drop, 1GB/min transfer speed. Received only two days after order. Quiet, somewhat cool, and nice, non-obtrusive orange LED light.

Cons: 'Sleek' design does not allow to lie horizontal! Sure it looks alright, but if I can't take that stupid base off it's only a matter of time before I knock it over and scrape a nice ring through my HD!

Overall Review: Is this not cross-compatible? It says it works for PC & Mac, but I found it works for PC OR Mac. Backed up my Mac no problem, but when I brought it over to my old Dell, it is recognized but will not allow to be opened in Explorer. Not even an option to reformat, wipe, and start fresh? When I formatted it on my Mac, it did erase all installer programs, does this mean it will only work with Mac OR PC? I mean I only opened it half hour ago but even my 256 MB jump drive is more cross-compatible than this. Am I missing something?!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
2/ 5
A cute failure 7/6/2009 3:45:58 PM

Pros: Upright, so it is very compact. Neat little whole-body LED to let you know its on and active. Good price for the storage space.

Cons: The hard drive completely and utterly failed within the first three weeks. As far as I can tell, the rest of the system works fine, only the actual hard drive failed, so I could disassemble it and replace the HDD with a working one and it should be fine. Unfortunately the disassembly is a nightmare and its probably cheaper just to buy a new one.

Overall Review: I bought this unit a few years back so there may have been revisions since then.

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