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You will need to reformat the seagate drive if it has not been formatted for mac.to do this.
connect your seagate drive to the mac.go to spotlight the magify glass at the top right corner and type in disk utility and select disk utility
in disk utility make sure you select the seagate hard drive and choose erase. at the middle of the screen look for format and choose mac os extended. click erase.
you should now be able to write files to your seagate drive.
also if you would like be able to transfer files to and from a mac or PC then you will need to format the drive as FAT.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012

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SOURCE: Seagate Free Agent Drive Cannot be Modified on Mac G5

First of all Hello John :)

The new seagate drive you got needs to be unpartitioned and its file format system needs to be deleted and changed.

NB: You will lose all your data so make sure that you copy everything useful off it before you do these steps.

1. Get hold of a windows PC and right click on my computer
2. Choose manage ... choose disk management right click on the drive and delete the partition type
3. delete again until it comes unpartitioned space
4. Then go to your mac and you should be able to format it as a regular Mac drive.
5. If the Windows PC is inaccessible. Get hold of a copy of Linux UBUNTU distro. Boot your MAC from CD choose to boot os from CD (don't worry it will install nothring on your MAC it will just use the CD but make sure you choose the right option)
6. Keep your hard drive attached so it gets detected during bootup. Once the UBUNTU OS boots choose GParted and from there do the same thing i explained above.

Hope that this was of help :)

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Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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SOURCE: seagate free agent go 250 gb external / macbook pro os x tiger

Hello,
If you can see the drive in Applications --> utilities --> Disk Utility, then you will be able to reformat it in the Mac OS format and read it.
Good day, Damien

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: my mac does not recognize my seagate hard drive

I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and devices (though not always)

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especialy true if you move a HUB to another port

If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.

Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
If the drive makes any kind of clicking pinging noises it may well be beyonde repair. This is known as "the click of death"

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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Yes, you can format a windows OS drive on your MAC to one of the MAC filing system, which would work just as good.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010

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SOURCE: My seagate hard drive cannot be detected on the

am not so sure if this is a similar issue with iomega external drive in which the drive wont show up on My Computer but when the external drive was plugged into an ubuntu machine the drive was being detected and working just fine.

Please try to do the same. plug your external drive to an ubuntu machine and lets see if it can be detected. If it is then the hard disk has a similar issue with iomega drives. check this link.

Posted on Apr 05, 2010

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