Gadget Stimulus Plan Day 7: Win a 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme Hard Drive

freeagent_xtremeWe’re trying to close your gadget deficit while the economy’s in the dumps with the Gadget Stimulus Plan. Today we’re giving away a Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme hard drive.

With a 1.5TB capacity, the FreeAgent Xtreme has enough capacity to backup multiple notebooks, tablets or netbooks.

I’m currently using a FreeAgent Xtreme to backup thousands of my RAW image files and video projects. While most external hard drives only have a single interface, the FreeAgent Xtreme has an eSATA port, dual FireWire 400 ports and a USB 2.0 port.


More and more mobile devices have eSATA these days, which makes transferring data incredibly fast.

Below are the peak transfer speeds of each interface, but your real-world results will vary. Needless to say, if your tablet or notebook has an eSATA port you should put it to good use.


  • USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
  • FireWire 400: up to 400 Mb/s
  • eSATA — up to 3Gb/s

The 1.5TB FreeAgent Xtreme retails for $209.99. The FreeAgent Xtreme is also available in 500GB, 640GB and 1TB configurations.


There are three ways to enter to win the Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme 1.5TB drive, and you may enter once in each of the three ways.

1) Leave a comment on this article (below) and tell us your worst data loss story (or of a friend/family member’s ).
2) Leave a comment on this article and tell us what’s keeping you from backing up your data.

3) Go to, follow @seagate and tweet the following:

““I entered to win a Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme drive from the Gadget Stimulus Plan GadgetStimulus7 thx! @Seagate”


You have until Saturday, March 28 at 8pm PDT to enter. We’ll assign every entry a number and use to randomly draw a winner.

This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canda, as long as participating in contests like this are legal in your hometown. It’s your responsibility to check local laws and regulations. Those who enter more times than allowed will be disqualified. The winner will be notified by either email (if random comment is chosen) or by an @reply on Twitter (if random tweet is chosen. He/she will have 48 hours to claim the prize and provide shipping info.