I used two different programs to test the transfer speed of the FreeAgent Go 120GB drive, HD Tune and SiSoftware's Sandra XI Physical Disks test. This is a portable drive so I did the testing on my Dell XPS M1210 that has a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 1GB memory.
HD Tune Results
As you can see the speed is what you would expect for a USB-connected device. The speeds are comparable with the FreeAgent Pro 750GB drive that we reviewed a while ago.
Also I played videos and music from the drive and there was no problem getting them to play back properly. Using the Creedo software I ran many different programs from the drive and it was just like running them from my computer, you can't even tell they are running from a portable drive.
At first I thought this drive was just going to be another ordinary external hard drive, but I was wrong. The biggest thing that sets this drive apart from others is the Creedo software. It is really cool being able to plug the FreeAgent Go into any host computer and have all the programs you need right there. This is perfect for events like CES where there is a press room with a ton of PC's to use. Carrying the small drive around is much better than carrying your laptop around.
The size of the drive also makes it easy to carry around with you. It is small enough to fit in your pocket, although it did not come with a traveling case, which would have been nice. Also it is powered by USB so there is no bulky power adapter to carry around with you.
The FreeAgent Go comes in capacities ranging from 80GB - 250GB so they have you covered. The lighting effects are also a nice add-on to the small drive.
The 120GB version which we reviewed can be had from Geeks.com for $54.99, which is a steal! Overall ThinkComputers give the Seagate FreeAgent Go 120GB Portable Hard Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- Compact design
- Uses USB for power
- Creedo software package