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The refresh of Seagate’s external HDD family is good on one side: the exterior design has become practical while remaining cute and easily identifiable. Backup software is now included with each model – it should satisfy an undemanding user.

But on the other hand, the most interesting model, the Seagate FreeAgent XTreme, proves to have a very odd controller (or an odd mix of the controller’s and hard disk’s firmware versions). As a result, its FireWire and eSATA interfaces are only good at reading. The drive is very slow in almost each test when it comes to writing. Thus, it will only suit people who use their external drive to mostly read rather than write data. If you use your FreeAgent XTreme for backing up your data, you will find that the speed of its presumably fast interfaces is low and no better than what you can get from a USB drive. So, if writing is important to you, you should consider the FreeAgent Desk or even solutions from other brands.

 
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