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FreeAgent Drive cannot be Modified?

I just purchased a Seagate 500GB XHD. When I try to drag and drop to it, It says "FreeAgent Drive cannot be Modified". I am running Mac OSX 10.4.9. What can I do to fix this problem? Thanks, john

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  • fbyrne4 Dec 19, 2007

    i recently purchased a Seagate freeagent 500, i have used it on a Dell PC and had no problems, i now want to use it on a MAC and it cannot be modified, i know to do this i must reformat it but i would like to know if i do will i then be able to use it on both?  will i loose all the stuff that is on it before i format it? and how do i format it? i know this is a lot.... sorry! but would be really great if could help me out, 




    thanks

  • pamjmac Dec 24, 2007

    I have a Mac OS and thought that I only needed to plus it into my Mac and it would be recognized. That did not happen. What do I need to do to make this compatible with my Mac? Please advise asap. I am trying to move some movies from my Mac and free up some space.



    Thank you in advance for your assistance.



    Pam M.

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2008

    I have a FreeAgent drive that I used with my PC. I just bought a macbook and have copied my files over to the Mac, however, I'd like to now use the FreeAgent to backup my Mac. How do I format the FreeAgent to Mac?

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    I can move files from my external (that was bought when I was using a PC) to my mac, but now I can't back up files from my mac....

  • shootingreds Jan 04, 2009

    I am on my Macbook and I want to back up my files in case my computer crashes unexpectedly. But when I try to drag to files onto the FreeAgent Drive, it says that it cannot be modified and therefore it won't let me back up. Please help!

  • mittypoujol Feb 25, 2009

    I have the exact same problem! HELP!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    My parents bought me a 320GB Freeagent Go for my birthday to use with my macbook but they bought me the PC version. I didn't realize this until I threw away the box. Now whenever I drag anything into the icon it says "Freeagent drive cannot be modified" and when I try to open the icon that says install, my computer tries to open it in Photoshop.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    "Free agent drive can not be modified" when trying to drag files from mac to drive. ????

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    I can t write anything on this!....

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    Mine wont even show on the computer doesn't read a thing.

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The problem with the compatibility between your external drive and your mac is that freeagent drives are formatted in NTFS and the Mac uses FAT32. Mac's can read from NTFS drives but cannot write to them. I'm afraid that the only solution is to re-format the drive in FAT32 format if you want to be able to write to it.

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I would like to use my FreeAgent 300G Drive on my Mac and I have exactly the same problem.

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Copy your data to another drive. Then format your drive as FAT32.

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  • Nozeroz Apr 29, 2009

    Copy your data to another drive. Then format your drive as FAT32. Then put your data back.

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I have a problem .. acedently i deleted the icon (shortcut) and when i browse my computer i don't see the icon but i see the drive it looks like it's unknowwn file or somthing but it works still.. please i ned to know how to restore the icon.. thanx

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

Drive is formatted ntfs. Reformat.

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