Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex : is of 1 TB (Tera Bytes) capacity with USB 2.0 as interface. The dimensions of the drive are 158 mm in height, 124 mm in width, 44 mm in length, its weight is 1080 g and 3.5 inches of form factor. The drive comes in both vertical and horizontal orientation.
The hard drive comes with quick start guide for easy learning for installation and usage. Once it is plugged in you can easily take a backup of your files from your pc, it also allows you to copy certain selected files from your system to the drive. The files get updated if any changes are made to the files in the system, it turns on and off along with the system.
The drive has pre-loaded backup software with encryption, where encryption is 192 bit Triple DES (Data Encryption Standard – block cipher which uses shared secret encryption) this software is provided to secure your back-up files and also protects privacy for your files with the encryption software.
The drive also provides dashboard management tool which allows you to easily manage backup schedules, file encryption and can view drive statistics. The USB 2.0 desktop adapter comes with capacity gauge display, the interface can be upgraded to USB 3.0 using desktop adapters. Its compatibility varies depending on the OS and hardware configuration, it works on both Windows and Mac OS platforms like Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and etc., the drive is also available in 2 TB and 3 TB capacities. The price of the harddrive is $89.
WD Elements External Hard drive : is of 1TB(Tera Bytes), USB 2.0 with data transfer rate of 480 Mbps. Its dimensions are 1.42 inches in height, 7.01 inches in depth, 4.59 inches in width, 1.02 kg in weight. The hard drive comes with Quick installation guide therefore easy to install and store all the data from your pc to the external drive, AC adapter for external power supply to the hard drive, USB cable for connecting to your computer.
Its operating temperature is 5 degrees C to 35 degrees C and non-operating temperature of -20 degree C to 65 degree C and it dissipates less heat than other hard drive during data transfer. The hard disk is compatible with Formatted NFTS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X, and etc., It is noiseless and has a LED light placed at the rear side of the box. There are also other capacities available like 500 GB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB and etc. The price of the harddrive is $79.
While considering the above features of both the hard drive there is nothing much to choose, but Western Digital Elements is priced lower than Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex and also got much better user reviews. In our test we also found Western Digital Elements harddrive far superior than Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex