Seagate's FreeAgent Pro
The Good: Copious, inexpensive backup storage in an attractive device that doesn't hog desk space
The Bad: Too big to throw in your computer bag
The Bottom Line: Most don't need a terabyte of disk space, and the backup software isn't dead-simple to use
For computer users who've taken the plunge into the world of backup storage devices and services meant to safeguard their files, life can be a series of trade-offs. Online services including Mozy and Xdrive promise hardware-free peace of mind, but the backups can be slow, and some people find it unsettling to store precious files and confidential information on someone else's servers. On the device side, the panoply of hard drives that users can plug into their PCs supply speed and a sense of ownership but can run short of space and often come bundled with clunky software that can be frustrating to operate.
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