Maxtor 'One Touch' vs. Seagate 'FreeAgent' - 500GB External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Clyde099, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Clyde099 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
    In the market for an external hard drive and am focusing on these two...

    Seagate - FreeAgent Pro 500GB External Hard Drive

    Maxtor 500GB One Touch 4 Plus External Hard Drive

    Which one should I buy and why?
    I have a MacBook, in case that information is necessary.

    Any other recommendations/opinions welcomed!
  2. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Don't know about the Maxtor, but we have a 500g and a 250g Freeagent and it is great! So quiet you don't even know it is running! They both use USB, so a little slower than a firewire would be, but certainly fast enough to be usable!
  3. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005
  4. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    One thing to note on the seagate if you get the USB2/FireWire model is that it uses separate modules for the firewire and usb. So if you want to use faster firewire and then need to use USB you'll have to unscrew a part of the base to install the USB module. Assuming you haven't lost it :)
  5. Clyde099 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
  6. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I have a 100GB OneTouch USB and the thing is horribly slow on my MacBook. It takes absolutely forever to copy big files to it (i.e. 2+GB). On my external FireWire drive, which is just an IDE in an enclosure, it goes super fast.

    I'm not sure if it's a USB limitation or maybe my OneTouch isn't USB2.0 or what, but I wouldn't buy another one, if using it for a lot of data is what you are after.

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