The problem with the compatibility between your external drive and your mac is that freeagent drives are formatted in NTFS and the Mac uses FAT32. Mac's can read from NTFS drives but cannot write to them. I'm afraid that the only solution is to re-format the drive in FAT32 format if you want to be able to write to it.
I have a problem .. acedently i deleted the icon (shortcut) and when i browse my computer i don't see the icon but i see the drive it looks like it's unknowwn file or somthing but it works still.. please i ned to know how to restore the icon.. thanx
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click start all programs accessories open windows explorer my computer you should see your drive click to open it from there you select the files right click on the file/s right click copy navigate back to the destination drive right click select paste or hold the mouse cursor the file/s drag them to your destination drive then drop them in
There is software preloaded on the disk. If you have AutoPlay turned off in your system, it won't start automatically when you connect the drive. Just go to MyComputer and open the drive and you will find a setup file there to install the backup software (I think it's called Launch.exe).
WIth the original freeagent disk in hand,call Seagate and ask if they can give you the product key based upon the sereal number on the disk. If you purchased freeagent on line and downloaded , they wil have a copy of your invoice purchase . Just contact then as ask again for your product key.
Its the rubbish software that Seagate have bundled with their drive which will not allow you to backup the system folders. Solution is to use another backup utility, a google search will quickly locate numerous FREE software products which will alow you to copy anything. Unfortunately when you start googling about this drive you may be quite distressed about your purchase, as i have been :( Problems lay ahead with this drive due to inadequate cooling.....
In any Mac OS System/Computer It cannot and will not write files to a NTFS Drive, but it will read. The easiest solution for this is to search google for a program called "macfuse" this should fix the problem :)
If your PC is still running Win98 then it probably has a USB version 1.0 port. I don't think the Faster USB version 2.0 devices will work properly even if you have the correct driver - i.e. you have a hardware version conflict. Try Purchasing a USB version 2.0 Daughter board for the PC and plugging the Seagate drive into that iinstead.