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I've been working on formatting all my laptops and starting from scratch to get rid of the all the bloatware that the manufactures like to put on their laptops. This drive made it a pleasure to do so. I was easily able to backup all my data rather fast (even for USB 2.0 on the old laptop).
I'm not much of a person to use the seagate backup utility but I did give a shot on my newer laptop before formatting and it worked pretty good. They have nice explanations in video format of how to do everything within the system and it all works pretty good. The software and videos take up about 600MB of space on the drive. Not much compared to it's 500GB size. The software seems to work OK with windows but when you put it wit a MAC things don't work out so well... LOL. I ran into several issues on a friend Mac that just resulted in me not worrying about it.
For me though, I don't bother with the 3rd party backup utilities. I'd rather have my files free and ready to go at anytime and just be able to drag and drop as normal elsewhere. Granted their newer system does allow for a lot of that. You can just copy them right off the harddrive at any point which is kind of nice. Unlike older backups that stored the files within folders you couldn't access unless you were in the software that created the backup. I'm strongly reconsidering using the software on a regular though, it's not bad at all. I just have a hard time getting used to a program doing my backups for me...
As for transfer speeds:
USB2.0 I saw transfer rated of 18MB writing sustained for long periods of time, slowest it ever got was 15MB. Reading I was seeing as high as 28-29MB for transferring files back onto the system after format and re-install of OS (Windows 7 64b), slowest was near 18-19 range. So even if you are using this with an older 2.0 device you will certainly see some improvements over other drives out there for transfer.
USB3.0: Speeds were all over the map, I saw no less than 50MB but did see upwards of 100MB and for extended periods as well. I will say, USB3.0 does make life easier..
I do still like my eSATA port drives though. I do like seeing rates up in the hundreds constantly with those. I would like to see eSATA being adopted more by portable drives but for the most part I have resorted to buying eSATA cases and dropping my favorite drives into them.
CASE / FINISH, the case is slightly larger than my other portable drives but not enough to make it a bad thing, just not as pocketable as others out there. The fit and finish of this product is pretty nice overall though, it even comes with a nice protective plastic wrapper, I tend to leave those on for as long as possible so I don't scratch up the cases. The case is kind of a brushed metal anodized type finish, rather sharp looking when you peel back the plastic. It's not glossy though, which is a good thing, I don't like finger prints all over my devices and this finish will help to not show them.
HEAT production: I didn't notice the case getting hot during transfers, I kind of expected it would but it remained relatively cool. I don't know if this is a good thing or not. I don't know if it's "insulating" the drive inside and keeping heat in or if it's just a cool running drive. I don't mind it when the case is used as a heat sink for the drive as it helps to dissipate the heat away from it.
Indicator light: unlike a lot of other drives seagate decided to go with a white light indicator light versus a red or whatever. I kind of like the clean look of just a simple white light.
Internal workings: I haven't dissected this drive/case just yet but I'm tempted to and if I can find a safe means to open it up and take some photos of the internals I will do so. I will have to work at with some of my plastic case tools so I don't damage the case and can put it back together.
Overall, a pretty darn good product thus far. If I ever run into issues I will be sure to report back as issues tend to aggravate me into doing so, LOL.
This book was first written spanish for a the rural mexican people. For that village that was miles away from the nearest doctor or medical facility. In this version it has been written in english. It gives the reader a basic understanding of the human body and the common ailements. Most of the time the treatments are basic, but their is also an entire section on medication and dosages. Now I do not live in a rural village, but I did find it very empowering to read this book. It is definately something that will go into the emergency bag.
I have been using Rogaine for about three months now. I started using it on my temples and have had great results. I have recently started using it on the top of my scalp and my receding hairline. Though not clinically tested for either of these areas this is where my hair loss is. What else can I say plain and simple other than... it works.