Bought a Seagate FreeAgent External 1TB Hard Disk Drive

When I got paid for my first freelance job online, I had decided to buy a Hard Disk. It was in the March of 2009. My Home PC had a 40GB Hard Disk then. 40GB would get filled up like this, but it was pretty much OK then.

Well, a external storage stayed on my wish-list for a while and then when I bought a Dell Studio Laptop with a whooping 320 GB HDD, I was pretty much satisfied.

I was wrong.


Within 4 months, I was wondering, what did I do with the 320 GB? Thanks to the night unlimited internet and 8GB Pen Drive, it got filled up pretty easily.

To address this need, I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Desk I Tera Byte External Hard Disk Drive. Paid 4680 INR/- including taxes.

I had decided upon buying a 1 TB Internal HDD and a casing to use it as an external. In fact, I had placed an order last week. I posted it on facebook and twitter and soon people started saying that it costs as much as an external Drive, so why not get an external?

(Very luckily the order I placed was misplaced, so I got the change the order, as luck would have it! I read the signs!)

OK, here is the math.

Internal 1 TB, 7200 r.p.m HDD (Western Digital or Samsung) – Rs 3200

Casing for 1 TB HDD – Rs 1000

Total – Rs 4200 (plus taxes)

Seagate FreeAgent (the one I bought) – Rs 4400 (excluding taxes)

Both these Hard Disks needs external power. The model without external power costs around 8500. Who would want to carry around 1 TB of data anyway? Buy a 250 GB instead.

So if you are buying only once, the Seagate is a better option. It comes with 5 year warranty too. But 1 TB would run out of space one day and if you have plans to purchase another 1 TB and if you dont mind the looks, but a HDD + Casing. You dont have to buy Casing next time, so it would cost only Rs. 3200.

I am not crazy about storing all the movies and music and I think I can go with this 1 TB for at-least a year, plus I would be moving around a bit, so I decided to go for the Seagate thingy.

First Impressions

Seagate FreeAgent Desk comes with power cable, USB cable (not eSata), and 4 power plug adapters to choose depending on your location. I liked the power-plug design, I haven’t seen one like that before. Build quality and finishing of the product is great.

Once I plugged in the thing to USB (after plugging in power of course), the installer popped up, installed the thing. I am getting transfer speeds upto 55 MB/sec and about 24 MB/sec on average. I disconnected the HDD and connected it again, Vista shows it just as another drive along with the other hard disks.

So far so good

Unboxing Seagate FreeAgent

Here are some shots:

Seagate FreeAgent Desk PackSeagate FreeAgent Desk Power SupplySeagate FreeAgent Desk Stand and ManualsSeagate Free Agent HDDSeagate FreeAgent Desk Lighting Up

The LED display on the front panel looks great in the dark. While the transter is in progress it dims to about 20% and then lights up – a nice visual treat!

29 responses to “Bought a Seagate FreeAgent External 1TB Hard Disk Drive”

  1. Sweet one man. I am also planning to get one pretty soon πŸ˜‰
    Have been postponing it, due to other needs ! πŸ˜€

    1. ha! Thanks dood. This one looks pretty good, and its Seagate, I would recommend πŸ™‚

  2. WoW, that is slick, and for a great price, too. The LED display is rockin’ awesome. Can’t have too much HDD space. πŸ˜‰

    1. Ha, When I first replied, I didn’t realise it was you, I was in a hurry to get to dinner, thought KK was guy, lol.

      Good to see you here!

      1. Norries, mate. πŸ˜‰

  3. Good one dude πŸ™‚

  4. I bought the exact same 4 months back. Love the all white design and the spectacular status indicator.

    Using it solely for backups.

    But I’d still vote for a 2.5″ USB powered 1TB drive over an 3.5″ Standard one anyday, just because of the durability. No moving parts at all. Yummy!

    1. But the cost is like 1.5 times. If the purpose is back-up only, I think the one we have now is great.

      I have only plugged mine in thrice so far. We wont have to plug it in more than once a month anyway πŸ™‚

      1. Yes, very true.

        If there will be frequent access, don’t gamble 1TB of stuff on a physical drive, that too un-fixed.

        1. he he, my Dad asked me, why do I have to carry around 1 TB of data, 8 GB pen-drive is more than enough πŸ™‚

    1. Moved all my favorite movies, videos, games and backups, still got 840 GB free πŸ™‚

  5. kittiya kashu muzhuvan teerthu. oru chaya vangi taranulla sanmanassu polum illa. onnumillengilum, kure naal kuthyirunnu cooments ittathalle. aaa kaalam okke marano? πŸ™

    1. ellada, chaya vangan ulla 10 rupa baki vechittundu πŸ˜›

      1. 10 rs… appo parippuvada?

        1. 10 rupakku chayayum parippuvadayum kittana sthalam undede πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

  6. Got the same one a week back! Cost me 4.8k though! Where did you get it from?

    1. well, the owner of the shop is a relative, so I got a nice discount πŸ˜‰

      From Cirus Computers, Kothamangalam.

      1. Accha! I had roamed around almost all the good places in Ernakulam and found 4.8k to be the cheapest!

        1. he he, thats the fun of having an inside man. I didnt search anywhere, I looked up on ebay to get a rough idea of the price, called him up and said I need one. I got it delivered at home, paid with a check and blogged this one πŸ˜‰

  7. I got the 1TB WD My Book essential. Its very good and the accompanying software to run it is way cool. I’m sure I will need more space in a few months and will have to go for a 2TB one.

    1. Very true, space is running out fast. I am getting my 2TB in another 6 months. Photos are too huge πŸ™‚

  8. hi

    where did you get that hard disk from

    i need to buy one myself

    1TB seagate external

    its not availaible for anything less than 5400

    1. I bought it from a shop nearby, you know, its the one with external power supply. Check ebay and you will find a WD one for under 4500 I think.

  9. I lost my adapter…so can anyone say the input voltage of the adapter guys

    1. I suppose you mean the output voltage. Its 12v DC, 2A. The inside is +ve and the outside is -ve. Input is 100-240v at 50 to 60Hz. 0.65A max, 51-80VA. Hope that helps.

  10. I said in the post, “Who would want to carry around 1 TB of data anyway? Buy a 250 GB instead.” <- Makes me laugh now. I have a 1TB and a 500GB with me often. Haha!

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