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I have pluged by seagate free agent usb into my desktop, Windows 7, and it is not appearing. it is visible in the control panel: devices, but it is not accessible. How do i get it to appear and open for use and for backup? thanks you.

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Hi there,

If the drive has not yet beenproperly formatted for storage (which would seem to be the case), please follow the next steps.

1. Go to the Start Button and click.
2. In the little search wondow that appears directly above the button type "Computer Management" and a shorcut to that Administrative Tool will appear at the top of a list that pops up.
3. Click the Computer Management shortcut
4.In the new window, look in the left panel and go down to "Disk Management" and click it once.
5.

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    5. In the new window that appears, in the center pane, you will see a list of drives and the new external one should be there. Right click on it and a drop down menu will have an option called "Format" Click on that, format.the drive, and it will read and write normally.



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I have not tried Seagate Tools after getting the computer to recognize the drive.
I am surprised Seagate does not provide a Tool to recognize their own drives…and install and/or test Free Agent.

This does work for me with Vista. Thought I had lost the drive…. Seagate should provide a patch or a drive that Windows will recognize when you get the “found new hardware” and Windows asks you to insert manufacturer’s installation disk. I do not understand why that is not already there….a driver file for Free Agent...that Windows would install.

I did not buy Pro….because I did not need the backup software. I wonder if those who bought Pro are having these problems.

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Hi,

I am Satya.

Hope this helps.

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