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Can't erase files on Seagate FreeAgent Go

We bought a FreeAgent Go to transfer our files from our old Dell laptop to our new MacBook Pro. We've finished that project and would like to erase our files from FreeAgent, but we can't seem to find any command to erase.

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  • roger_penny Jan 11, 2009

    I've just bought a Seagate Free Agent and I'm using it to transfer files between tow machines. How do I delete fuiles from the Free Agent once I've made the transfer?

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Under the Gear looking icon located on each window, there will be a delte option. Just click what you would like to delete, click the icon and press delete.

Let me know if this works.

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