Experience with Seagate Freeagent Desktop Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Battlefield Fan, May 20, 2009.

  1. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

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    Do any of you own this extrenal hdd?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FFYVQS/sr=1-1/qid=1242868653/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1242868653&sr=1-1

    Currently I use 10.4.11 and it hit me the other day that with over 3,000 pictures I would be really saddened if I lost all of them. I also have a 35 GB iTunes library. (some of these may not be big compared to what you have but for me it is)

    I plan on most likely upgrading to a newer computer with 10.5 or 10.6 but until then I have to manually back up my files.

    I just want to plan for the future since my new computer will probably have a 1TB hdd. I would like to keep the cost between $150-$200.
     
  2. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Not that particular drive, but I usually buy Seagate internal drives. Granted, I just lost my backup drive a few days ago, but it was a re-certified drive, so I guess I deserve it.

    You using this for a backup? If so, it should do just fine.
     
  3. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have this exact drive, but I use a 1TB Seagate External Drive, and I use Time Machine with it. No problems so far, and I've had it about 9 months.
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    not that exact drive, but a seagate free agent pro external HD. Had it for a year and a half with no problems at all (knock on wood). It's also very quiet and quite attractive, IMO. :)
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I own that exact model and capacity. Good drive and good deal for FW800. It's also ascetically beautiful. I feel bad I have it on the floor, and not on my desk.

    I found mine at Fry's for a bit less (just a couple weeks ago) at $139. At that price my "too cheap NOT to have one" meter pegged and I picked it up. I'm actually doing some video editing off it right now.

    I have 3 FW800's and 2 FW400 daisy chained off it (the FW800's go first) from my 17" UB MBP. The other two FW800's are built-up from components - both Seagates. The two FW400's are Freeagent Desktop Pros (the orange/black).
     
  6. MacRUK macrumors newbie

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    I have 27,000+ images, over several years, at increasing filesize, ≈22gb

    So, Maybe your 3,000+ ≈ 3gb ?

    If so, first thing would be to back up to DVD.

    (I find I use Toast to quickly calculate number of images, dragging folder to Toast gives a file count)

    The upgrade to 10.5.x is worth it, for Time Machine backups alone.

    Plus, I back up to 4 separate external HDD's, using CCC, Time Machine x 2, and straight drag & copy, sorting folders by mod date, and copying those updated since previous backup copying.

    And with photo's, as I add them, PS them etc, I backup copy to DVD / CD as I go along, not so daunting on a regular basis, ie after a holiday.

    I also store them on iMac into <4gb folders (by year) , easy to DVD copy again.

    Photo's too precious to lose.
     
  7. Battlefield Fan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right well like I said it may not be a whole lot for you and I didn't check the total size of all them but 3gb is easy to back up on a DVD.

    My 35 gb iTunes collection(again I realize this isn't big for most) isn't so easy. Plus I tried backing it up about two years ago but my collection has grown 10x. I just want an easy way to make sure that all I have to do is drag and drop my files until I upgrade to 10.6. I'm tired of having to wait around for each DVD to burn and all of that crap.
     
  8. Battlefield Fan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for sharing your experience. I currently am using two internal seagate hdd's on my pc and they are one of the few parts that hasn't given me trouble
     
  9. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    And I thought I was nuts about backing up! :)

    I'm curious, do you have an off-site backup? If not, you should consider it. I've had good backups at home for a while, but if my house ever burned down, I'd still lose it all. So I forked out the money for Backblaze to do online backups. I'm feeling much more secure now.
     

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