Question about Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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No write permission

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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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 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.

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Good day, Damien

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