Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB: Calling in Backup

Not every device you buy has to be complicated. For a simple, set-it-and-forget-it approach to backup, check out the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 75OGB drive. Despite its unusual design, this external hard drive’s connectivity options are nothing if not practical, including USB 2.0, eSATA, and FireWire 400 compatibility.

Setup is simple: Just connect it to your computer to install the utility software automatically. Memeo’s Auto Backup software dynamically backs up the folders you select and monitors the FreeAgent drive and your PC. The FreeAgent Pro comes formatted for NTFS, meaning you’d have to reformat the drive to read it on a Mac. (A Mac can read an NTFS drive but can’t write to it.)

The modular external port connector holds the drive’s mini USB 2.0 Port and an eSATA port, and it’s easily removable using a coin. But reattaching that module or attaching the included FireWire 400 port module is a bit tricky.

The drive itself is speedy, however. It copied our 1.2GB test folder in just over a minute (1:03) with AutoBackup, exactly 1 minute via FireWire, about 50 seconds over USB 2.0, and 42 seconds with eSATA.

With speed like that, very good software, and its large capacity, the FreeAgent Pro is an easy way to back up your system quicikly.

Price range
Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB: $340

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