02-02-2012 09:35 PM
I have some very important info on my drive, and I cannot get my computer to recognize it! Here are the symptoms: the lights will flash, the drive will beep, PC finds the drive half time while displaying a message telling me that I need to format the drive to use it, and the other half of the time the drive simply isn't noticed. This has happened once before, and I solved it by supplying more power to it, but when I tried the same thing, it did nothing! PLEASE HELP! I really need the info. My plan is to (once I get the computer to find it) back up my data and format the drive. Also, I've plugged the drive into other computers, at friends houses, and on some computers, it works just fine, with no problems at all.
02-03-2012 03:27 AM
Get your data back at a friends house and format it is the quickest non cost solution, other than that swap ports and use another cable, if it works on other PC's the drive should be ok so you don't want to be breaking it open if you don't have to.
02-06-2012 08:34 AM
This really baffled me as well. After two hours of messing around with the go-nowhere Seagate software I decided to redifine what the box was (think outside the box.. there is no box..) HERE IS HOW YOU FIX THIS SOFTWARE which is not exactly easy to deal with. Note: this will delete all the files you had, reformat the drive SO YOU CAN USE IT HOW AND WHEN YOU WANT, which is what we all want but Seagate was unable to provide.. Open Administrative Tools. Click on Computer Management. Then look for Disk Management (under 'Storage' dropdown). The seagate drive will show up to the right. Make sure your not messing around with your computer's C/D drive. When you're sure you have the seagate drive, right click, delete. Mine had two partitions, so did them both. Automatically your seagate will ask if you want to format it. Don't do anything and close everything. Now, you're gonna make this drive YOURS to do as you want, which is how it should be. Open my computer under control panel, and there's your unnamed drive. You can name it, if you want. Then right click and Format it (my choice was NTSF). Note: This is Windows formating your disk to NTSF, doing what it does best. Bam! You're done. You can fill it drag/drop from whatever source you want, as long as its a PC. It's not 'safety' protected so find a free or lowcost encription program if you want to go that direction. If you WANT the files that were previously on the drive, don't do any of the above and do the smart thing and take it to your local mom/pop computer store that you trust, tell them what you want, and pay the 20 bucks to extract whatever. Have Fun!
03-31-2012 03:59 AM - edited 03-31-2012 04:03 AM
"You're a derp.
Don't give advice to people."
Is that aimed at me mate?