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Seagate 750gb freeagent pro the hard drive lights going but laptop say its not connected i have been watching movies from it on the laptop there is no sound the the 750gb not even from the fan if its got one

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    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    You've removed the power source from a wall socket and ruled out a power surge of course. You would have removed power from the power source in order to do a cold reboot to the external drive when power is applied, naturally. And of course, when you reached a desktop the next time, your instincts would have led you to do a System Restore from a Checkpoint the day before all this happened to get to a reliable and functioning Desktop, this would be to rule out XP or Vista being at fault.

    I'm trying to think of other things that would have been done, naturally, in these circumstances. Oh yes, with power on to the USB Drive, you connect it to the Laptop, while its been disconnected all this time of course and then listened for the tell tale tone that a new piece of removable device has been attached. If that tell tale sound didn't happen and there is no Mass Storage Device listed in the Removable Drive listing, then that would be a good starting point for trouble shooting. Sounds about right to me. You would have seen the list of removable devices by double clicking the green arrow that points left in the system tray near the digital clock.

    Did I miss anything?

    Worldvet


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Plz try the hard disk with another pc if it is working there then you try with another usb slot.

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Installed a 750GB Seagate 7200.10 in my system (XP SP2) and system doesn't recognize at bootup


GO IN THE BIOS F2 OR DEL AT THE BOOT UP AND SEE IF THE DRIVE IS LISTED ON THE BIOS IF NOT MAIBE RUN THE SEAGATE TOOLS FOR THAT www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support THANKS

Oct 04, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Tips on how to buy a external or internal hard disk drive


There are so many models , makes , sizes , speeds and interfaces available these days that the decision to buy a hard drive for the average user has become a hit or miss affair. To prevent buying something totally wrong for your needs , you need to do some research on what your are handing your cash over for.

Here are the things you need to be looking at.
  1. Size of external
  2. Storage Space
  3. Cost
  4. Manufacturer
  5. Interface used
  6. Hard drive speed & Buffer Size

#1 Size of the external casing

There are basically two types of external hard drives you can choose from namely 2.5inch and 3.5inch. The 2.5 hard drive inside the casing normally goes in a laptop and the 3.5 normally goes into a desktop PC.

You should ask yourself what is your priority...Mobility or Space/Cost

If mobility and comfort of use is your main priority , you should get a 2.5inch external as they don't normally require an external power source like with a 3.5inch drive.

If hard drive space and cost is your priority , then go for the 3.5inch external. The cost per GB is about half that of a comparable 2.5inch drive but you need a external power adapter to use the drive. In general , the 3.5inch drives are faster then 2.5inch drives.

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Fig 1 - 3.5inch compared to 2.5inch hard drive

#2 Storage Space

Size is one of the main concerns when buying a new hard drive. Think about a size you would think you need in the next 6 months and double it. This will ensure that you don't (like me) buy a drive which you think you will never fill up , and fill it within a few months and have to buy another one.

Also consider what you need from your external drive. If you are going to be using your drive mostly for music backup you would need less space than for instance movies.


#3 Cost of the drive

Another thing to look at is value for money. Don't buy a 320Gb drive for $100 if you can get a 500Gb for $110. You will eventually need the extra space so look at what the next size up will cost you extra and make a decision.

For instance...A 500Gb internal hard drive would cost me $75 at the moment , but the 750Gb drive is about $85. I'd rather go for the 750Gb drive.

#4 Manufacturer

It is important to bring into consideration the manufacturer of the drive. Don't buy a drive with a unknown brand name as this will probably come back to haunt you somewhere in the future. I prefer to use Seagate and Western Digital drives as I have never had a problem with them and they carry a good warranty. There are other good drives , but I'd rather stick to what works for me. Ask around to determine what brand you should get and do google searches if you are still unsure of a particular brand.

#4 Interface available

The interface which you use to connect the drive to your computer is very important as this will govern the maximum speed which you could expect to be copying from and to the drive.

For internal drives , there are basically 3 options

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IDE - 40MB/s and connection interface is on it's way out.

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SATA - 143 MB/s

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SATA 2 - 375 MB/s

The speeds vary considerably in real world scenarios and should only be a guide.


For external drives , there are also 3 options

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USB - 25MB/s

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Firewire - 40 MB/s

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eSATA - 70 MB/s

This is real world data (not theoretical) and also should only be used as a guide as there are many factors that determine the max transfer speed.



#5 Hard drive speed & Buffer

The speed at which the drive rotates in the enclosure has a big impact on the speed which you can expect from the drive. The faster the drive rotates , the faster is will transfer data and the more expensive the drive will be. A good speed would be 7200RPM or more.

The buffer is basically the amount of ram which is physically on the hard drive's board and the more of it you have , the faster and smoother your drive will transfer data.

Here are some of the most popular hard drive manufacturer's websites so you can explore what products they offer.

Western Digital
Seagate
Maxtor (now incorporated into Seagate)
Samsung
Hitachi
Fujitsu-Siemens

That's about everything you need to know before purchasing a hard drive. Follow these steps and you should be able to make a informed decision as to what you should and should not buy.

When you have bought and want to format your drive to Fat32 , see THIS TIP

When you have bought and want to partition your drive, see THIS TIP

Please remember to rate this tip if you found it useful.

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Kind Regards
Stephan




on Feb 24, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Seagate freeagentGo does not work with windows server 2003


Symptoms The problem I encountered after connecting the drive to the eSATA card was the following error in the Windows System event log:
Source: Disk
Event ID: 7
Description: The device, DeviceHarddisk2, has a bad block.
At first I thought this indicated a bad disk. But eventually I saw apattern: the bad block error only occurred if the drive had enteredits "sleep" state, i.e. had spun down. By default, this happens after15 minutes. If I accessed the drive in Windows explorer after it hadspun down, in the few seconds that it took it to spin back up, Windowswould get impatient and report a bad block error. Note that the "sleep"mode I'm referring to is an internal feature of the Seagate drive--itis not under the control of Windows Power Options in the Control Panel.
If I attached the Seagate drive via a USB cable, let it spin down, and then accessed it, I did not get a bad block error.
Another symptom, one that I did not at first associate with theFreeAgent disk, was the following message in the Application event log:
Source: VSS
Event ID: 12289
Description: Volume ShadowCopy Service error: Unexpected errorDeviceIoControl(\?Volume{ba849e07-88fb-11d9-9c6f-806d6172696f} -0000017C,0x0053c020,00039B48,0,00038B40,4096,[0]). hr = 0x80070017.
This error occurred when I started an ntbackup job. Apparentlyduring Volume Shadow Services initialization, it couldn't immediatelyaccess to the Seagate drive and so logged this error. A bad block errorwas also logged at exactly the same time.
CauseMy speculation is that Windows knows that USB drives may spin down, andit will wait for them to become accessible. However, because an eSATAdrive runs as a BIOS-attached drive (similar to a SCSI drive), Windowstreats it as an internal drive and expects it to be "on" at all times.
SolutionThe solution is to attach the drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine,install the FreeAgent Tools software, go to Utilities, and set theDrive Sleep Interval to Never. Then move the drive back to the server.The Sleep Interval setting is maintained even though the drive ispowered down when moving it to another machine. Once I did this, boththe bad block and the VSS errors stopped.
ConclusionIt's obviously a pain to have to install a 142MB software package justto change the Sleep Interval, but Seagate Support said there is noother way. Too bad they don't make a simple command-line utility forupdating the drive settings. (The software has lots of slickbackup/restore features, integration with Internet drive access,etc.--all kinds of things that I don't need in this environment.) Itried installing the FreeAgent software under Windows Server 2003, butthe installation failed with a message that it only runs under Windows2000, XP, or Vista. Hence the solution of temporarily installing thesoftware on a desktop machine.
I wonder if others have had similar problems with eSATA drives thatlike to go to sleep? Eventually Windows may need to add an option totreat eSATA drives like it treats USB drives. Considering that thisdrive is only used once a day during backups, it would be nice if sleepmode worked without causing errors. In the meantime, I'll hope thatkeeping the drive out of sleep mode resolves the "bad block" errors.

copied from : http://blogs.mcbsys.com/mark/post/Seagate-FreeAgent-Pro-eSATA-and-Bad-Block-Errors.aspx

Jan 06, 2009 | PC Desktops

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A simple Question! How do I access the saved files on my Seagate FreeAgent Desktop Drive 500Gb?


make sure the Seagate is connected to your computer and computer recognize it, then when its already recognize by the computer just opne up Mycomputer and you should see there the seagate, just double click on it and you should be able to access all the files save on it....

Dec 01, 2008 | PC Desktops

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The usb port on the back of my seagate 750gb external hard drive broke off


It should be under warranty. You'd be surprised what they'll cover! :) Other option would be just purchase a new HDD caddy from Newegg and put that drive inside it as the drive should be fine.

Nov 12, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I have a Maxtor 750GB Hard drive. I have connected it to my computer and gone into My computer where I right clicked on it but when I have gone into Format it won't let me change it. I want it formatting...


Go to the seagate website (they bought maxtor) and download the windows version of maxblast. That is if you are using that as a spare. bootable cd rom version if it's not.

Robert

Aug 27, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Where can I get my Seagate FreeAgent Hard Drive repaired?


repair HD might cost more then the hard drive it self.
But if you insist in repair, here is one of your option
http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/

May 06, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Computer will not recognize the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500 GB


If the hard drive is new and still unformatted, you will need to format it. Confirm that it is recognized in disk management (start>control panel>administrative tools>computer management) Go to the list on the left and expand "storage." Then click disk management. You should see your drives listed. Find your seagate 500GB drive, right click on it and then click format. It will take awhile for a 500 GB drive but once it is done, the drive should be usable.

WARNING: this will delete any files on the drive, meaning that if it is not new and you have files on it already, then they will be deleted.

Apr 11, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Help!


Download seagate tools and run the diagnostic utility...this will tell you what's wrong. you can download powermax from same page and this utility can recertify small errors on the hard drive without erasing data.

Mar 15, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Hp compaq dc7600sff


750GB Seagate Hard Disk Drive IDE ATA100 7200rpm 16MB
available at http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(17679)750GB-Seagate-Hard-Disk-Drive-IDE-ATA100.aspx

1TB (1000 GB) Seagate Barracuda SATA II 300 32MB cache
also available at http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(23250)1TB-1000-GB-Seagate-Barracuda-SATA-II-300.aspx

Both HDD`s are what i consider to be best in there range and very good value for money

Nov 19, 2007 | PC Desktops

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