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What is the Size of Your Largest Hard Drive?

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What’s the biggest hard drive you have in your possession right now? Which single hard drive in your home has the largest capacity? I happen to have a 3 TB drive here, sent to me as a review unit by Seagate. It’s their FreeAgent GoFlex external drive. If you remember, I’ve reviewed some of their stuff in the past, and been very happy with it. Does this particular drive stand up to the test?

The drive features USB 2.0 plug-n-play capability. There’s nothing difficult to mess around with… just plug it in and you’re good to go. It gives you automatic continuous backup and protects your privacy with powerful encryption software. That, my friends, is peace of mind that cannot be bought at any price.

So what makes this particular desktop drive unique other than the size? It’s USB compatible and can be changed up to be Firewire compatible or even USB 3.0 compatible. It’s quite simple to change – you just change the adapter. You’re good to go in about two seconds flat. It’s likely the most future-proof desktop drive you’ll find anywhere.

The drive is versatile, sturdy and just plain sexy – and is likely the last external drive I will ever need to own.

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How to Flex Your External Hard Drive Options

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This ultra-portable hard drive doesn’t have a USB port nor a Firewire port, an eSata port or any other sort of port. The issue with external hard drives is that they have one type of port or another. When a new type of connection comes out, you’ll need a new drive. This Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex that was sent to me for review is completely different. There are zero ports on the back. How the heck can you connect it, then?

Elementary, my dear Watson. The cable that comes along with the device will turn the device into whatever type of hard drive you need. One cable will turn it into a USB 3-compatible drive. Another cable will turn it into a Firewire-compatible drive. There’s also an eSata-compatible cable. Do you see where I’m going with this? If, in the future, a new type of port is created then Seagate only has to manufacture another type of cable instead of an entire new device. You won’t have to keep upgrading your external hard drive. You’ll simply need the new cable.

The GoFlex Desk external drive delivers high-capacity storage, backup and encryption for all your files. It works well on either Mac OS X or Windows. The sleek little box is designed to sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, depending on how your desk is set up.

The drive is versatile, sturdy, sexy and well… it works. I’m quite happy knowing that I have the last hard drive I’ll ever need.

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How to Turn Your TV Into a Media Center

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You have content scattered all over your network, I’m sure. The problem is when you want to watch your media on your HDTV. That’s where the FreeAgent Theater + from Seagate comes in handy! It allows you to not only access files from across your network, it also accepts input devices, such as memory cards. It has a variety of inputs, including full 1080p video and Dolby audio! It’s also compatible with the FreeAgent Go portable hard drive. I have to thank Seagate for sending me these products to review. It’s been fun to navigate my way through all of my content.

It’s a good system, and it works. However, it’s not all that easy to use. There are a ton of options. However, the user interface is kind of sluggish at times, and confusing for some people. This can be used with either a Mac or a Windows computer, which is something that I love.

Use the included sync software to copy all of your media to the FreeAgent Go drive. Or, just drag-and-drop your files directly onto the drive. Then, dock the drive into the FreeAgent Theater + HD media player. When connected to your television, it puts your entire media library at your fingertips!

Video quality is excellent. It has HDMI and allows resolutions up to 1080p. h264 video playback is smooth, as well. It supports multiple audio tracks, so you can encode the commentary into the same file as the main audio. It’s also quite responsive, quickly moving into play, fast-forward and other modes.

Get your media onto your tv with a great deal of ease. At only about $120.00, this is definitely an excellent option!

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Pogoplug Review (with the FreeAgent Dockstar NAS)

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If you’ve been looking for a quick and simple way to access your files (no matter how you’re connected to the Web), you need to look no further! I have to thank Seagate for sending the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter to me to review! I think this is the NAS I’ve been looking for. If you’re in the market for a solution in your home / home office, you might consider Seagate’s options.

Put all of your files in a single location, and access them with any of the computers in your network. Likewise, you can also create a shared space for your friends and family to download content that you designate… and upload their own files!

The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter is a small dock that allows the FreeAgent Go portable drive (and most USB storage devices) to be shared on your local network. You can also access them remotely via the Internet once you activate the service. The drive simply slides into the network adapter, making it easy to remove when you need to take it with you.

All other USB storage devices plug in to one of the two rear-mounted (or one side-mounted) USB ports. It will support up to four devices at once, so you won’t ever run out of storage space. All you have to do is plug in the Ethernet and power cords, and then activate your account online. Once that is done, you will be able to access all of your files in a simple to use web interface!

That same UI will display all of the files on all of the connected drives, as well as the ones your allowed friends (or family!) have added. Navigate through them manually, or search by media type or file name. The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter will show up as a local drive on your computer, so just drag and drop your files into it, just as you would with any other folder.

I’ve definitely FINALLY found the right NAS for use in my own home. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something like this. You won’t be disappointed!

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