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We need some guidance in the installation of a FreeAgent external hard drive. No instructions are included with the unit. We are installing this on a Dell/WindowsXP.

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    Thomas LaMora May 11, 2010

    Is this the full sized Free Agent or the Free Agent Go
    (smaller size). The full sized one comes with a power adapter to plug into the wall.


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Hi if you are using usb to connect the hard drive to your pc it very simple just turn on the external hard drive befor you turn your pc on wait 1 min then turn your pc on let your pc load up like normal this will find your hard drive and load the drivers on when its done that go into your (my computer) and find your hard drive you have just put in this will be d or e drive not your c drive .
when you have found your hard drive you need to format it please do not format your c drive this is your main windows .
when you have formatted your new hard drive it will be ready for you to start working on it if you feel you need to reboot your pc to make sure feel free to do that it will be ok
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Here's a link to the Instruction Manual

Here's a link to the Seagate Support site

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