Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Portable Hard Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 07-08-2010
Provided by: Seagate

Portable storage in the form of 2.5 hard drives has been around for quite some time. Capacities and enclosures have evolved as they should, but the interface has remained mostly unchanged. When buying a portable hard drive, the user has traditionally been limited to one interface that they are stuck with for the life of the drive.

USB 2.0 is most popular due to wide compatibility, but transfer speeds are slow by today's standard. Other options like FireWire, eSATA and the recently introduced USB 3.0 offer much more bandwidth, but of course not all computers support these various interfaces. Until now, the trade off has been speed versus compatibility. But with Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex portable hard drive, you can get the best of both worlds. The GoFlex drive ships with a standard USB 2.0 interface but what makes this drive unique is the ability to remove the interface and replace it with a completely different interface.

Seagate sent over their 500GB FreeAgent GoFlex along with upgrade cables for FireWire 800, eSATA and a USB 3.0 kit. As you can see in the photo above, we received a red GoFlex drive. The GoFlex is also available in black, silver and blue color schemes. The drive is available in 320GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities.

Packaging for the drive and each accessory is similar with the exception being a window cut out so you can actually see the upgrade cables. Specifications on the GoFlex can be found below, borrowed from

It's important to note that the FreeAgent GoFlex is compatible with both PC and Mac and comes with a 2 year warranty.

Continue ahead as we take a closer look at the GoFlex and some of the available accessories.

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