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Freecom Mobile Drive Mg review

Tom Morgan
8 Jun 2011
Freecom Mobile Drive Mg
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
95
inc VAT

The Mobile Drive Mg is stylish, but offers poor value in light of other drives with greater capacities

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Specifications

750GB hard disk, USB3, 12x81x15mm

It might have been designed to sit alongside an Apple MacBook, but the Freecom Mobile Drive Mg will work on any PC or laptop with a USB port. The magnesium finish looks great and feels reassuringly solid - it should protect the 750GB hard disk from a few scrapes.

Since the disk is aimed primarily at Mac users, it comes formatted in the OS X-compatible HFS+ file system. To use it with Windows, you’ll need to reformat it to a file system Microsoft’s operating system can recognise. We were a little surprised that an external disk aimed at Mac owners featured USB3 connectivity, as the format isn’t currently supported on any Apple device. It's better news for anyone that has a Windows-based PC will benefit from significantly faster file transfer speeds, as long as they have the appropriate ports.

Freecom Mobile Drive Mg

On our USB3-equipped PC, the Mobile Drive Mg managed 102.3MB/s write and 66.8MB/s read speeds in the large file transfer test, which is slightly above average. Small files were written at 33.4MB/s and read at 42.4MB/s, which again is middle of the road. These results are mainly due to the slower 5,400RPM hard disk, but performance was still reasonable for a 2½in external disk.

As is the case with most Apple accessories, the Mobile Drive Mg carries a noticeable price premium over other external hard disks. The Freecom Mobile Drive Classic 3.0 has faster transfer speeds and a larger capacity for around £25 less. It's clearly the better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Storage

Hard diskSeagate Momentus ST9750420AS
Capacity750GB
Formatted capacity698GB
Price per gigabyte£0.13
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB3
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time12.0ms
Weight200g
Size12x81x15mm
Power consumption idle1W
Power consumption active3W

Buying Information

Backup software includedFreecom Backup Software 2.08, Freecom Personal Media Suite 2.5.1.1
Price£95
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.freecom.com

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