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Seagate Free Agent Go backup hard drive with Time Machine

I have a Seagate Free Agent Go backup hard drive that is not syncing with mac time machine. I have backed up once about a month ago and today when I plugged in the back up drive all that happens is time machine states in the status bar: "preparing".

Why won't it start backing up??
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I assume Seagate suggested you "reinstall" the drivers. If that's the case, you may still need to refresh your computer's device list to properly identify the drive.

If you're running Windows you may try opening "Device Manager" and uninstalling the device from the list, then "detect hardware changes". This may make your computer redetect the drive like it's a new device, but may not.

I suggest phoning Seagate back and ask to talk to a knowledgable tech, not the scripted phoners.

What operating system ARE you running anyways?

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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You can format as FAT32, but I think the max file size that can be saved to a FAT32 disk is 4GB or so (no good for movies). Alternatively, maybe you could set up two partitions on the drive and have one fomatted for windows (NTFS I think) and one for Mac??? Not sure about the last idea, though.

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I just got a Free agent 500gb today and I checked from my computer to see how much actual space was available on the HDD and it showed the same amount that you're getting 465gb. I believe the 35gb that's missing is used for some standard program/files that the Free agent requires for regular operation.

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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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