How to open the Seagate FreeAgent Go External Drive.

(very carefully) Step 0 – read all these instructions before trying this yourself. In particular, you can probably get away with removing the top cover only. Step 1 – using a BLUNT object, such as a thin screwdriver, slide it along the gap between the “metal” top and white case “filler”. (the observant amongst you […]

6, 8 and 16 free, not-free, and online-backup solutions.

A backup of your information is only good if it is stored in a separate place, such your office.  Or stored with a web Online Backup service.  This list last updated August 2014. Local Backup, aka You Store It Free Cobian Backup Fling  Karen’s Replicator Microsoft SyncToy v2 SyncBack Freeware Edition Unison Not-free AllSync BounceBack […]

7, 8 & 13. Free, not-free and online backup solutions

A backup of your information is only good if it is stored in a separate place, such your office.  Or stored with a web Online Backup service. Local Backup, aka You Store It Free Cobian Backup Comodo Backup Fling  Karen’s Replicator Microsoft SyncToy v2 SyncBack Freeware Edition Unison Not-free AllSync BounceBack Ultimate EMC Replistor FileBack […]

“… concerned about the heating of external drives …”

“I’m concerned about the heating of external drives because many of these little enclosures provide no active air flow across the drive.”, opines Steve Gibson. And in the field of hard disk maintenance, he would have to be the expert.  SpinRite is the result of his knowledge in the field. My Seagate FreeAgent Classic drive […]

The Western Digital “My Passport” External Drive

Update: Thinking of buying one?  Don’t, they suck. The Western Digital “My Digital” External Hard Drive pictured right, is my latest IT purchase. The reason I went for a WD drive, instead of a trusty Seagate?  Price.  The WD was 20% cheaper.  Oh, and I wanted to see how it compared to the Seagate. In […]

“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 […]