Seagate has announced its 2008 line of FreeAgent external hard drives. The drives are available in several different styles and capacities. Seagate says that its flagship FreeAgent Go portable drive is the slimmest external drive available on the market today. The drive is only 12.5 mm thick and offers up to 500GB of storage. The FreeAgent Go is one of the more portable drives around; it would make a great storage solution for a college student needing lots of space in a small package.
The FreeAgent drives for Windows computers include software that can encrypt the drive contents with 256-bit AES security and includes Seagate DrivePass password protection; Seagate management software is also included. The 2008 line of FreeAgent drives has external solutions for both Windows and Mac computers.
The Mac line of FreeAgent drives are pre-formatted for Mac OS X and are Time Machine Ready. Connectivity for the drives is FireWire800/400 or USB 2.0. Mac specific drives include the FreeAgent Go Drive for Mac available in 250GB for $159.99 and a 320GB version for $189.99. A FreeAgent Desk Drive is available with 500GB of storage for $169.99, 1TB for $269.99, and 1.5TB for $349.99. I guess to say something is Apple Time Machine compatible adds $40 to the cost; the drives appear identical to their Windows counterparts other than being OS X formatted.
Windows drives include the FreeAgent Go I already talked about with the 250GB version going for $119.99, 320GB going for $149.99, and a 500GB version going for $239.99. Exactly why Seagate doesn't offer the Mac version of the Go in 500GB is a mystery. The Windows FreeAgent Desk Drive is available with 500GB to 1.5TB of storage with prices running from $129.99 to $279.99.
Seagate has also introduced a FreeAgent XTreme that features eSATA connectivity along with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 options. The price for the XTreme drive ranges up to $299.99 for a 1.5TB version. Seagate began offering 1TB 3.5-inch hard drives a long time ago. Why Seagate goes from 1TB to 1.5TB is that all of these drives appear to use one single hard drive, not a pair like some external drives do. Seagate announced back in July that it would have 1.5TB 3.5-inch hard drives on the market. October is when all 1.5TB capacity FreeAgent Desk Drives will be offered.Posted on