Today I bought Seagate Free Agent 250GB External disk (ST302504FDD1E1-RK). I have Windows 2000 Professional SP4 installed. I got message while installing: "Drive manager requires that your computer is running Windows Vista or XP". Why? It is officialy stated by Seagate that you can run Free Agent Ext. USB disk under Windows 2000. Could you help me - what shall I do?
Just bought a 500GB FreeAgent Desktop yesterday. I specifically chose the 500GB over 250GB as I needed a reliable automatic backup software with it. (for the 250GB one, there was no mention of auto-backup s/w on the box cover) The 500GB FreeAgent Ext. HD box says it supports Windows 2000 and the shop keeper reassured me it'll work with Win 2K. But while installing it indicated that it requires Windows Vista or XP. I feel mislead! Didnt expect from Seagate. I have Win2K at home and dont intend to upgrade to XP or Vista. Will try DiscWizard but I sincerely hope the Win2K version of FreeAgent Auto-backup S/W can be made available for Windows 2K users soon.
I bought 3, 500GB with the same claim (misinformation, shall I say) in mind about W2K pro compatibility. This is bad.
And I don't want a work-around or DiskWizard **bleep**. I want my backup device to work as advertised.
What's more disappointing is that Seagate support is not doing anything about it. I've yet to see offfical updates, releases or fixes to this major inconvenience (besids this DiscWizard). Why should we have to be left holding the bag?
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My copy of Win 2000 Pro has a back-up program native to the operating system and it worked fine with my Seagate Freeagent 500GB drive. My HP Laptop with Vista, "auto ran" the Agent software, and i did a simple default back up. win 2000's back up actually gives you more options, (or more confusion) but the jobs are now done and i'm happy. 2 days after i backed up the laptop it died. so im glad i got this done.
Access drive through Disk Management and then delete software installed on the drive. It then will let you access the drive as normal. You will have to use other back-up software if needed. But to just back-up and have regular access to the drive this does the trick.