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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro 2.5-inch (500GB) review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro - Versatile Portable Storage

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
9
Performance:
8
Features:
9
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Upgradable Interface Options
Decent Performance
THE BAD
Short GoFlex cables
Dock supports only USB 2.0
More Awards:
Most Innovative Product


Results - CrystalMark 2004R3

Results - CrystalMark 2004R3

As can be expected, the eSATA transfer speeds are off the charts. This however, isn't anything extraordinary and is pretty much what you can expect from any drive using this interface. We managed to get similar eSATA performance when we tested another external storage drive about two years ago too.

Over on the USB 2.0 performance side of things, the Verbatim drive has a notable lead in performance with its USB Turbo Speed drivers instead of the default drivers by the OS. The custom driver streamlines the USB interface overhead to derive better performance. With that said, the new Seagate GoFlex Pro drive fares quite competitively with the rest of the drives in this comparison. It's marginally better than the FreeAgent Go model, but that's to be expected since the Pro version is a 7200rpm drive.