External Storage Guide
All the drives in this review were tested using the following system configuration.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz)
- MSI 975X PowerUp Edition (Intel 975X Express chipset)
- 2GB DDR2-667 RAM
- XpertVision GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB (ForceWare 186.18)
- Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro 500GB was tested in both USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces and was compared against a set of 500GB USB 2.0 portable drives from our previous roundup such as the FreeAgent Go, Samsung S2 Portable, Toshiba Portable, Verbatim Executive portable and WD My Passport Essential. Do note that the eSATA interface is an optional purchase, but we thought you might be interested to know how it would fare with a better interface.
Since these are external personal storage drives for backup and transition purposes, we didn't stress test them as much as we would have done so with local internal storage drive and NAS drives. As such we ran a reduced benchmark workload as listed below.
- CrystalMark 2004R3
- PCMark Vantage
- HD Tune Pro 3.5