Buy the ARP T-Shirt! BIOS Optimization Guide Money Savers!
 25 January 2011
 Dr. Adrian Wong
 Discuss here !
Unboxing The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) Tablet Rev. 2.0
The new ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) is a quad-core Intel SoFIA-powered tablet with a 7" ... Read here
The Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway #7 : LEAGOO Elite 4 Smartphone
This year, we are not only rewarding everyone who participates in the Tech ARP forums... Read here
Buy The BOG Book Subscribe To The BOG! Latest Money Savers!
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB Portable Hard Disk Drive (USB 3.0) Review Rev. 2.0
Digg! Reddit!Add to Reddit | Bookmark this article:

Surface Temperature

We monitored the surface temperature of the external hard disk drives during their benchmarks. The following chart shows their operating temperature range, from idle to maximum load. Please note that instead of giving you the absolute numbers, we are showing the temperature delta, which is the difference between the actual temperature and the ambient room temperature.

The 500 GB FreeAgent GoFlex drive was the coolest-running external drive in this comparison, running a tad cooler than the 160 GB Western Digital My Passport at full load. Its surface temperature increased a little when we upgraded it with the USB 3.0 adaptor, but overall, it remained one of the coolest-running 2.5" external hard disk drives in this small comparison.



Platter Transfer Rate Profile

When equipped with the standard USB 2.0 adaptor, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex drive was stuck at a maximum throughput of 20 MB/s across the entire storage capacity. Even though USB transfer rates are generally slow, this is slowest USB transfer rates we have ever seen. Most USB external hard disk drives will score a transfer rate of around 30 MB/s.

When we upgraded the drive with the USB 3.0 adaptor though, everything changed! The FreeAgent GoFlex was instantly able to deliver the full potential of its hard disk drive. The 500 GB hard disk drive inside delivered a maximum throughput of about 87 MB/s at the outermost tracks. Even at the innermost (slowest) tracks, it still managed a transfer rate of about 42 MB/s, which is more than twice the throughput of what its pathetic USB 2.0 adaptor was capable of handling.


Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support out work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!






Seagate External Hard Disk Drives, Packaging


The 500 GB FreeAgent GoFlex
Usable Capacity, Specifications


A Closer Look


The USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit


Testing The FreeAgent GoFlex


Surface Temperature, Transfer Rate Profile


WinBench 99 Test Results, Transfer Rate Range


IO Meter Random Access Performance


IO Meter Sequential Access Performance


USB 3.0 In USB 2.0 Mode (Random Access)


USB 3.0 In USB 2.0 Mode (Sequential Access)



The Canon EOS 5DS R, EOS 5DS and XC10 Tech Report
The NVIDIA Ninja Graphics Technology Report 2.0
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive
The Nikon D700 DX Crop Mode Guide
Intel Atom & Centrino Atom Technology Report
Vizo Luxon 3.5" USB & SATA External HDD Enclosure Review
Zalman VF700-Cu GPU Cooler Review
The Stubborn Paging File
Creative Zen Portable Media Center Review
Cooler Master Musketeer 2 Review


Copyright © Tech All rights reserved.