Author: Bob Buskirk
With prices on storage continuing to drop and the holiday season almost over there are so many people looking to pick up an external hard drive. Over the past month I have been asked at least 5 times what is the best external hard drive to get. Just in time for the holidays Seagate has revamped their FreeAgent series of drives. We have already taken a look at the FreeAgent Go and FreeAgent Desk now we are going to check out the FreeAgent XTreme. The XTreme is the top of the line drive in the FreeAgent series having Firewire, USB, and eSATA connections. Let’s take a look!
Capacity (Model #)
- 500 GB (ST305004FPA2E3-RK)
- 640 GB (ST306404FPA2E3-RK)
- 1 TB (ST310005FPA2E3-RK)
- 1.5 TB (ST315005FPA2E3-RK)
- USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
- FireWire 400: up to 400 Mb/s
- eSATA – up to 3Gb/s
- Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
- 6.89″ in H x 1.33″ in W x 6.77″ in L (175.0mm x 33.7mm x 172mm)
- Weight: 3.06 lb (1.39 kg)
- Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business Service Pack-1
- Windows XP Home, Professional, Media Center Edition
- Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
The FreeAgent XTreme comes in the same type of box that the Desk came in. Seagate does a good job on the packaging to let you know what the drive is all about.
Opening up the box everything inside is protected in a plastic shell. Once you get everything out of the box you have the FreeAgent drive, power adapter, USB cable, firewire cable, stand, and quick start guide. Interesting enough there was no eSATA bracket or even an eSATA cable.