“Can you tell me whether the drive inside this newer FreeAgent Go is SATA or IDE?”

That will be yes, which is what I answered in the comments.

In particular, my FreeAgent Go drives have the following SATA drives in them:

Model SATA Drive Name Drive Part Number
FreeAgent Go Seagate Momentus 5400.5 ST9320320AS
FreeAgent Go Classic Seagate Momentus 5400.5 ST9160310AS

Looking at the product pages for both drives, I noticed this comment:

1000 Gs of non-operating shock make the drive ideal for notebook PCs and industrial applications.

Non-operating means when they are not connected to your computer.  Such as when they are being carried around in a backpack or bumbag.

No wonder they are a rugged & reliable drive.

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