Question about Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

2 Answers

Dropped USB Connection / Cache

My Seagate Freeagent 250GB drive seems to drop off the USB port. Over time, files are no longer available for reading. Powering down and restarting the drive brings everything back. But then it slowly deteriates again.
This occurs on a Windows Vista and XP machine. Also, the power on light (orange bar) slowly dims off and on. I'm suspecting a heat problem but have no ideas how to test it. All files are intact and there are no scandisk erros.

Posted by on

  • 5 more comments 
  • Motion Nov 14, 2007

    I'm also having the same problem. Where this same exact hardware losses its connection with the PC. The problem occurred when data needed to be access from the hardware. The hard drive icon could not be recognize in the "My Computer" system window. Unplugging it's power cord and rebooting only works for a short period of time. I also attempt scanning the 250Gig with disk defragmenter and found no fragmentation. What exactly can be done to elimate this problem?

  • Dadof3boys Nov 17, 2007

    Identical problem. Seagate USB FreeAgent works fine for about five minutes then disappears. I have no clue how to fix.

  • goanna Nov 25, 2007

    i bought two of these and iam having the same problem with both of them.get a warning WINDOWS-DELAYED WRITE FAILURE....then the usb connection shuts down.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2007

    Yup, same problem here too.

  • teddybear1 Dec 28, 2007

    I recently purchased a Seagate Free Agent 250GB drive to install on my laptop. The problems as described by Chris_M and Motion are identical to the issues that I have experienced from day 1 of installation. I have successfully installed my wife’s holiday photos (by the thousands on this turkey of a drive) the only time it has worked. It was when I was forced to view the photos that the drive first stopped working after 15 or so minutes. I turned off and unplugged the drive to take it back to the store from where it had been purchased, but before doing so tried the drive again only to find it again worked for a short time. I returned the drive to the store to only be informed by the technical person that the problem was virus related and to format the drive. I then tried the drive before the format option on two computers at work with the same results as described. I have now on numerous occasions plugged and unplugged the drive hoping to find a cure for the problem, I have had enough and the drive is being returned to the store tomorrow.

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2008

    Chas in Cornwall'

    Same Drive, Same Problem !

  • Chris_M Mar 17, 2008

    The drive was replaced under warranty and the new one works just fine. It was not an OS or PC issue, but a bad drive. All is fine now.

×

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 3 Answers

There are a variety of symptoms associated with the Free Agent product line that are similar and these issues don't seem to bothering ExtHDs produced by other Manufacturers. This is a design or manufacturing defect. My FreeAgent works for the most part but like some of these others complaining, sometimes I need to boot twice in order for WinXP to find it, sometimes I need to unplug and replug (powercycle) the device. I will hold on to this for 1 week. If I see any other symptoms I am immediately returning this. I am already considering returning it. It sounds like Seagate didn't build a stable Hard Drive controller or USB connection handler for it.

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 15 Answers

I know this isn't helpful, but more people complain about FreeAgents than any other external, so far as I can see.

That being said, the multitude of silimar complaints suggests that maybe the drives are working fine, but instead that maybe your computers aren't co-operating. My thinking is that not THAT many can be defective in the same way.

Do you all have the same operating system? Windows XP? Vista? OS X? Identifying some similarities may help diagnose the exact problem.

Afterthought: Maybe you need to use the software that came with the drive, or upgrade the drivers for it? Maybe some of you have/are, so I don't know really.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

My seagate 1 tb dropped off my table and now its making a beeping noise. i tried changing ports and unplugging it but it still wont go. help?


if it is dropped, there is a possiblity that the Hard drive lens may be damaged. Kindly consult your local pc provider for immediate repair..

Sep 03, 2011 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

1 Answer

How do I work on my data on the Seagate FreeAgent 2TB GoFlex Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive as my computer memory is at capacity. I want to be able to use my external hard drive as an extension of my computer...


Assuming you are using a Windows operating system, you can just plug it into your computer's USB ports, and the computer will recognise it as another hard drive.

Instructions:
Double-click on 'My Computer' and take note of what drive letters are there (C:, D:, etc.) before you plug in the Seagate Freeagent.
Plug in the Seagate Freeagent. You'll see the new drive, likely E: or F: (depending on what is already there before you plugged in the Seagate Freeagent)
Double-click on the new drive, and it'll open up and you'll see the files stored on that drive. You can drag and drop files and save to this drive like any other folder on your computer.

Mar 06, 2011 | Seagate FreeAgent 2TB GoFlex Desktop USB...

1 Answer

I transferred a 40gb hard drive onto this 250gb go flex drive and then transferred it back. Now when I try to tranfer anything else to this drive, it only allows 40gb of space to transfer. I reformatted...


my computer does not read or detect my hard drive no matter what i do, and when it does read from the drive it does not upload to the computer. so what shall i do?

Jan 25, 2011 | Seagate O 250Gb Usb20 Freeagent Go Silver...

1 Answer

I have a seagate external drive of a capacity of 250GB. the free space available is 177 GB. the hard disk is very slow? please help?


Are you connecting this high-speed ("USB 2.0") device to a low-speed ("USB 1.1") USB-port on your computer? If so, and your computer has a "USB 2.0" port, connect your device to that port.
If not, then purchase an add-in PCI card for your computer, to add "USB 2.0" port(s).

Nov 10, 2010 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

1 Answer

HERE MY 250GB SEAGATE HARD DISK IS SENSING BUT WHILE COPING ANY FILE OR WORKING IN THAT HARD DISK FOR A LONG TIME IT WILL DISABLE AUTOMATICALLY, THEN I CANT ABLE TO WORK IN THAT. KINLY ANY GUIDE ME HOW TO...


Hi Welcome to Fixyah,
Try to disconnect that and then check if the surface is hot then it will not take to work in a longer time. Suggest for that is try to put some heat sink and then try to connect also using other USB port. But sometimes the real problem is the enclosure and not the hardisk.

Aug 12, 2010 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

1 Answer

Seagate Freeagent Dropped


Unfortunately what you are describing is a damaged platter inside the hard drive. You may be able to get a technician to recover some data but generally this means the drive is gone forever.

Sep 07, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

1 Answer

Female end of USB broken inside external hard drive


try opening it up, screw loose the connection with your usb (the whole component) and then directly plug it into your computer with the plug that goes into harddrive:)

Apr 03, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 120 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

1 Answer

Seagate 250GB FreeAgent USB 2.0 Ext Hard Drive with laptop


Whether your computer is a laptop or desktop does not inherently decide if the drive will work or not. If it can't see the connection, there must be another problem with the drive. I would suggest reporting what you have done to try and make it work and anything you notice out of the ordinary (how lights on the drive are acting, noises the drive is making, alerts you see when you plug it into your laptop, etc). That will allow us to better help you find a solution to the problem.

Feb 19, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

1 Answer

Hard Drive Dropped


Turn off your computer and then plug in the FreeAgent external drive. Then try turning your computer on, it should read.  If it doesn't I would go to the Seagate website for troubleshooting.

Jan 31, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

1 Answer

Hard Drive Dropped


Hi there
You may want to try going to add new hardware and see if scanning for hardfware change will let it recognoze the device if not uninstall it under device manager and have it reinstall the device upon start up of the pc

Jan 03, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Seagate FreeAgent  Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive Logo

174 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Seagate Computers & Internet Experts

Arora Singh
Arora Singh

Level 2 Expert

180 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Computer Links

Level 3 Expert

2386 Answers

Are you a Seagate Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...