Question about Seagate 320GB Portable External Drive Black 320 GB USB 20 Hard Drive
My seagate 320gb external hard drive told me it was close to memory full then next time it tells me to format it. How can I open it to delete some files and get more memory?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First of all HI :)
The main problem you have is that the file system of your hard drive is FAT32 not NTFS. You need to change it to NTFS in order to work. Here is how.
>> Copy all your data (the 50+GB you used) on to another hard drive
>> Now from My Computer
>> RIGHT CLICK
>> CHOOSE FORMAT
>> CHOOSE NTFS FILING SYSTEM
>> instead of FAT32 and
>> give your hard drive a nice full FORMAT
This will take a while and WARNING you will LOSE all your DATA so DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE YOU START THAT YOU COPIED EVERYTHING.
Hope that this Fixya Helps you :)
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Posted on Jan 07, 2009
if its your motherboard that crashed then ther is no problem with your hard disk. connect your hard disk to any other computer and you can access all the files in it.
if it is your harddsik that crashed then try recovery utilities like western digital data storege manger or any other disk recovery tool available for free. if still it fails then you can recover your data if you hand over your hard disk to the nearest service centre. but recover from a hard disk only if its very valuable. thay will charge you per MB of data recovered
Posted on Jul 04, 2009
to view the contents of the drive connect it to the computer and make sure both are turned on and that the drive is detected by your computer (you get a ding sound when you connect it)
You should see the drive inside my computer, or computer, which you will find from either your desktop or from start menu.
Look for the drive in my computer, it will possibly be named as a removeable storage device, the contents should be inside.
If its a brand new drive it might need to be partitioned and formatted first before it can be used.
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
If you have the ability and space then recover any files that you can
use the RUN option from the start menu
now type in "cmd" then ENTER
Now in the black box that appears type "chkdsk x: /f /r" and press ENTER
The "x" is the drive letter of the drive you wish to check
It may take some time but this will try fix any errors it comes acrosss and you may have to re-start to complete the task.
Now remove any more files that you can.
Use the RUN command again but this time type "compmgmt.msc"
Select Disk management
Make sure you freeagent is listed here.
Right click and select "Format"
Select NTFS as the file system
Do not tic any other boxes
When it is done you can move the files back to this drive.
It is quite possible you hit the limits of the FAT32 file system which would have caused the types of error you saw.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Since this external hard drive is USB powered and felt on the floor, you could have a broken USB connector or interface card, both located inside hard disk case, you should contact Seagate technical support or repair service, or if you have electronics skills, you could open and check hardware by yourself.
Posted on Feb 18, 2011
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