Question about Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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Start up problems

I have plugged in all usb ports and the free agent keeps beeping

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  • CannonBooks Feb 15, 2008

    My freeagent drive has been working for a few weeks. I recently installed an HP all-in-one printer (don't know if this is causing the problem) and now the drive will boot up (autoplay detects it, light turns on, hear disk running, and weird beeping) then shut off thirty seconds later. It will do this over and over again all day. What the heck is going on?

  • kat4 Feb 24, 2008

    My freeagent works fine when connected directly to my laptop but when I use a (powered) usb hub it beeps continuously and isn't recognised. My computer only has 2 usb ports so I can't use a mouse at the same time as the drive.

    It seems lots of people are reporting such problems and noone has gotten any response. Nothing in the documentation about what the beeps mean.

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I have little knowledge about the FreeAgent, but the beeps to me suggest power problems...

kat4 - Sound sliek your freeagent is working fine, and that it's the hub that's your problem. If it's a lower end brand you might consider getting a better one.

copper-top - Have you tried pluggin in the drive directly into a USB port built into your computer, and not through a usb hub, or other device?

CannonBooks - I have the same question for you as copper-top, but for you I suggest trying this drive without the printer plugged in, and see if it once again works. If it does, you might consider getting a good-quality powered USB hub and using that, or try pluggin the two devices into seperate hubs (if you are using hubs currently), or one/both directly into your computer.

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