I have a FreeAgent 250 that I first used with a Dell then later tried to use with a Mac and then an Asus Eee, but only the Dell allows me to write and delete files from certain folders on the drive. The other two computers do not allow writing permission and say I do not own the drive. I can't figure out how to give permission to the other computers. Any suggestions?
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You probably deleted folders which were not that big in size. You can run some apps that will visualize the drive usage like JDiskReport (http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/) or SpaceMonger (http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/). This way it will be easy for you to see what folders are taking the bulk of the space in your drive. You said you are using a Mac so use JDiskReport app which works on both Mac and PC (SpaceMonger is only for PC).
You can enable read write access to an NTFS partition using MacFuse a free software available in the internet.
Please go to http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/ and click on the download link and you can get the dmg version of the file.
Also you can have a more faster software here : http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/
If you are finding any troubles in installing or using this software please let me know
Sounds like either the drive was disconnected while running or may be having problems. CHKDSK automatically shows up if windows senses formatting or media problems. The fact that it did not complete tends to be indicative or hardware failure. Although the Freeagents are good as a series any drive can fail without warning.
If you go to www.seagate.com and download SeaTools it will allow you to test the hardware of the drive. try the S.M.A.R.T. check first as it's the quickest test and will spot most early drive failure with ease.
If the drive passes the smart test try the short generic, then the long generic. If any of them fail you likely have a dead/dying drive and will need professional help recovering your files, a service I perform as a part of my everyday job. If it passes them all then the problem is logical and although you can ask a pro to fix it you can download some inexpensive software that will get you files back(on a different drive) the simply use the freeagent software to reformat the unit and continue using it normally.