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Seagate freeagent 500g usb 2.0 beeps sound

I had this hard disk for few month. its works fine. but last few day it give out low beep sound and try on a few pc also can not detect it. its still under warranty. but there is important data that i need. how to open up the case without breaking it?

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  • atomik Feb 13, 2008

    have same problem as hoyahoya anyone got idea, case looks almost impossible toget into, need help to recover data

  • Junaide Feb 19, 2008

    Same problem... I thought it was something in the base but I opened it up and the beed seems to be coming from the drive... I need to inspect further...

  • Mogpo Mar 02, 2008

    Same problem. After two week use. Beep noise and lights on. Nothing happens.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    seagate freeagent 500 lights up and beeps.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    no detection

  • still_poor May 27, 2008

    How do you get the data from the hd before you return it?

  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    i knocked over seagate 500 freeagent and it beeped and groaned and now cannot be accessed, orange light works but does not register on my compter.

    What to do? i have laptop only, but will buy more

    equipment if I can access these files .PC novice.

    from tehzkofeat

  • raj_thedundy Oct 18, 2008

    Sea Gate 500gB Hard Disk Beep and undetection problems

  • haiyai Oct 20, 2008

    i knocked mine over now it makes a high pitched squeal and clicks, plus it freezes my laptop until i unplug it, can someone just tell me how to pull the thing apart? i think something is jammed.



  • Aaron379 Oct 22, 2008

    the bastard thing is only 2weeks old.it only beeps and is not detected by windows.Its full of programs and work info and is worth thousands,(programmes that is) please advise

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    aw my mum knocked over the freeagent it keeps darn beeping wat do i do?? i need solution now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    Just gave up on one of these brand new out of the box from TigerDirect.

    It never mounted, just did a low pitched beeping sound. Taking this back for sure. I've numerous Maxtor 500GB externals and have had hardly any wrinkles. I've many WD internals and a few externals as well, that are doing great.



    So this one is an embarrassing pain in the donkey... as I was going to be the super hero son-in-law and setup a backup plan for my father-in-law's digital images.



    A non-starter this one. I would not mount on his Dell workstation or on my D510--drive is definitely mierda, muerta, malo

  • bartman_78 Dec 28, 2008

    I dropped the Seagate FreeAgent 400GB drive I bought about a year ago about two feet this morning, and now it beeps and the PC won't recognize. This is not good. Taking apart this drive is not an option. Returning it to Seagate is not an option. There is a ton of data on this drive. Does anybody have any ideas?

  • kukiestar Mar 16, 2009

    i just got my hard drive like 2 months ago in it just gave me this beeping sound and it will not trun on.... my hard drive is a seagate freeagent 1T



    can some one tell me how i can fix it

  • zlgreen Mar 17, 2009

    I purchased a brand new Freeagent 1TB and it worked GREAT... for 3 DAYS!!!  I was using this with a MAC Environment and now It wont work! nothing happen to it, no one kicked it over, no falls it was safe and secure and it did this! Unfortunately I just transfered all of my Macs Data to it, so i'm guessing that i lost 700 GB of important Data?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    seagate freeagent 500g usb 2.0 beeps sound


  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    I also plugged my Seagate Freeagent drive, had it emit a period beeping noise, and was unable to access the drive. I then realized that I had plugged it into the power cord for my Blackberry, rather than the power cord for the device itself. Once I corrected the error, the drive began to work as normal. So I am wondering whether the problems people are having stem from the power supply, the power cord, or the conduit between the drive and power supply, rather than the drive itself.

  • changoman Apr 04, 2009

    seagate 1T beepig sound, no blue light, compuer can't recognise it. Ran seatools everything is fine. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    I tripped over the cable while it was running and it tipped over. Now the drive beeps and the PC will not detect.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    EXACT SAME ISSUE! IM SO SAD! I HAVE 400 GBs of my productions! photos, homework, music, movies


    i knocked over seagate 500 freeagent and it beeped and groaned and nowcannot be accessed, orange light works but does not register on mycompter.
    What to do? i have laptop only, but will buy more
    equipment if I can access these files .PC novice.

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I am so happy to say that i HAD the exact same problem.
Its an issue with the drive disk itself. Long story short because i dropped the drive the the disk was no longer able to spin fast enough to start the drive (the beeping sound actually being the disk trying to start spinning.
After spending literally the last 4-5 hours looking for a solution I found a unusual method that basically either works, or it doesn't there's no it kind of works. what you need to do is unplug the drive, then plug it back in and start Vigorously spinning it whilst keeping the drive horizontal (similar to what you would do when your unscrewing a light bulb).
You have to try and do so simultaneously with the beep and it should "kick start" the drive (AND OBVIOUSLY DON'T LET THE WIRE DROP OUT AS YOUR SPINNING IT AS YOUR COMPUTER WONT RECOGNISE IT IF ITS NOT PLUGGED IN).
I Know this method sounds far fetched but put it this way, 15mins ago I was working out how im gonna get hundreds of pounds to restore this drive, Now, i've just finished copying my informations onto a laptop from the drive so i can take this piece of plastic **** back to the shop :D.......
Never again Seagate and Thank God for letting me find a solution.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011

  • Jason Mar 23, 2013

    OMG. Just vigorously twisted the seagate hoizontally from side to side, a bit likeI was turning a steering wheel very quickly and it WORKED. The buzzing stopped, the computer recognised the drive. What happened for me was, I got a new all singing and dancing laptop as a desktop replacement, backed up the last 10 years of family photos etc to my seagate freeagent desktop. Moved the freeagent from its position for the 1st time in years, destroyed my desktop harddrive, repositioned the seagate to upload the data to laptop and it then failed. Moral of the story.Back up your backup, and get cloud storage as well. I cannot thank you enough 'aaaaa1887'. Thanks

  • Jason Mar 23, 2013

    Wow. Just did it. Vigorously turning my seagate freeagent desktop horizontaly like a steering wheel has kickstarted it. Now backing up to backup and backing up to cloud. Cannot thank you enough 'aaaaa1887'. Have saved about 8 years of family photos etc, because I was stupid enough to rely on this as my only backup whilst swapping from old to new computer, having securely destroyed my old computer's hard drive. Thank you very much.

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I was plugging mine into a USB hub and getting a repeated beeping noise and nothing else. I then plugged it directly into my laptap USB ports and it worked fine. Seems to be a power issue.

Posted on Apr 26, 2008

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I have two seagate external hard drives and with both I have ran into this "beeping" issue. With both cases I had to switch around cables or set the hard drives in the dock that came with them. It is definitely a power issue between different usb cables.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010

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It's a hosed HD. Seagate's OEM drives are now maxtor and Maxtor's had the 'chirp' for a while whenever the drive can't spin up. I took mine apart & put it in another enclosure, it still beeps (hard drive itself). There's one chip (Texas Instruments chip - 980 L / SH69608 E / 77ADRKT / GY) that gets really hot. I called Seagate's Support (India) and they confirmed that a chirping HD is bad and should be returned to them.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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Same problem: Seagate 320Gb expansion portable drive. Not seen by Windows a low beeping noise.

Having reviewed above solutions, I tried (a) a new power adaptor, (b) connection to other laptops (c) other USB ports, (d) a new USB cable. No resolution with a-c, but solved the problem witb d and am back in business.

Surprising as this was a the cable that came with the device (shorter than others, ~12" long), has not been abused and barely even used.

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

  • radburns1 Sep 11, 2010

    Thank you so much! What a simple solution which worked immediately for me.

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This is probably not the best advice and it's definitely not very technical. But I figured since mine was essentially broken anyway, what did I haveto lose that I didn't think was already lost?
Mine started beebing and my computer stopped recognising it after I has accidentally tripped on the cord and it had dropped to the floor from my kitchen table. So i dropped it to the floor again and it started to make that whirring noise and the green light started to flash and it showed up on my PC again.
Now I'm not necessarily suggesting this as a good solution. I'm just saying that it worked for me.

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Mine was making the same sound...It seems the reader wasen't able to start.
What i've did :
1. open the top of hard drive.
2. drag the reader back in it's offline position.
3. put the hard in a pc and power it up.
The hard drive started to work fine again.Put the top back , but try not to screw it back that hard...

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

  • SlapAndDash Jan 10, 2011

    I have a 1TB Seagate Portable. I have add the same problem as everyone else. ie a low buzzing noise, drive not picked up by windows explorer. It's interesting that many of the solutions involve the power cable as when I just went to plug mine in again I saw a little spark when the cable hit the usb port and a message appeared in windows saying:

    "Power surge on hub port
    A USB device has exceeded the power limits of its hub port.
    For assistance in solving this problem, click this message"

    I have 3 cables and none of them work. This drive is a week old - I placed 100 gb of my photo's on it (plus other stuff), re-imaged my machine and now I can't get the photo's back. Not happy.

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I have a seagate freeagent and its making a low beeping noise.I pulled the power cable out whilst the pc was on and have done that before without any problems so I reading the threads here and winder if its a power issue meaning the 12v power cable is corrupt or could it be the hard drive and the disk is not spinning.I am going to ask where i got it from as i need the data stored Its got all my bac k up darn i cant beleive this.Now i guess you need two backs lol..Ridiculous

Posted on May 01, 2010

  • Bazman3 May 01, 2010

    I have the same problem and need to recover my f=data its 1.3gb My hd is a freegaent by Seagate and its making a low beeping noise so wonder if its a power issue from reading some of the threads.

    Please help


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I had two 7200.7 80GB Seagate SATA's in a Raid formation that crashed sometime ago. Stored them for a later date to see if I could recover the photos at some time in the future.
Recently tried to review the drives through an externally powered USB adapter. Drives "chirped" (or "beeped", depending on your perspective). Changed from a 2A power supply to a 2.5A power supply and hey presto, pc can see them. Not sure I am any closer to recovery though - the only file is something called "[.shellc.las" - presumably a Promise format file?

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Ok here goes, my neighbour has the Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB, and in under 2 weeks it started to beep and was not reconized by any Laptop or P.C. if this is the same for you with any FreeAgent Desk series ( not GO series, different procedure for GO products). You maybe in luck click this link, you may have to register in the forums to view thread.... http://www.yo-lid.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=84 hope this helps Ytee.

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    ok here goes, my neighbour has the Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB, and in under 2 weeks it started to beep and was not reconized by any Laptop or P.C. if this is the same for you with any FreeAgent Desk series ( not GO series, different procedure for GO products). You maybe in luck click this link, you may have to register in the forums to view thread.... http://www.yo-lid.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.... Thread can be found in 'Technical' under 'General Technical Issues'

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Plug into another USB port which worked for me. Beep Stopped There is some different in the USB port. (May be the one which beeps supports different USB version ). I found this because the same hard disk was working fine with my Dell Laptop

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I have two Seagate 160 USB/Fireware drives which I use on my job. I know it is not the same device as mentioned in this post. One of them started to have a very soft repetitive beep. It turned out to be the power adapter. I was able to isolate the issue to that component by switching the USB cable, power cords and power adpater used by the two devices. In one of my searches to resolve the issue, a solution mentioned not enough power to the drive. I can not determine if there is not enough or too much power from the adapter. In either case the issue is power to the drive.

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Mine was a USB cable issue - thanks "dldesigns". Swapped the cable, mounted right up. Must not have been getting enough power. I have several differnet USB cables lying around from drives, cameras even an old cell phone. Guess I'll have o mark which one works with the Seagate Drive.

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I got a 1.5 seagate external hardrive i have the same problem mine its making that noise when the ac is conected, i dont know what to do, cause i really need those documents, and i have it for a 1 day at best buy:( then it crash

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New terabyte seagate internal HD keeps beeping after setting the bios for my lan party nf4 mother board. i think my power source is only 2.0A.it doesnt turn on cantget back into bios either!help!!! please any1

Posted on Apr 08, 2010

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