01-06-2009 05:53 PM
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01-06-2009 09:03 PM
Wait, you didn't set the FreeAgent drive as the target of Time Machine did you?
Heh I could almost swear by your conditions you put a File Allocation Table on the drive you gave Time Machine "locking" rights to.
If you did, repartition the entire drive as HFS extended non journaled (no osx 9 drivers)
You say you are loading all kinds of software and diagnostics.....please say you are not loading this into osx. Not that it is any of my business heh
Does the drive show up in "Disk Utility.app" ? ( /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app )
If not, you say the iMac went to sleep, when you woke it up, was the drive icon just.....gone.....? Or did you have a situation that required a forced shutdown?
01-07-2009 04:48 AM
FreeAgent as the target for Time Machine? Not tha
I do not know what a file allocation table is, nor do I recall any prompt for such a thing
The FreeAgent drive is not available to ANYTHING..
Therefore cannot reformat, which I'd love to do.
There was no forced shutdown involved. A simple t
When the drive is held to my ear, I can here it humming, as though it is spinning quite nicely.
Thanks for your support, please continue
01-07-2009 10:18 AM
01-07-2009 11:42 AM
This is the model that does not incorporate a 110v adapter. It only uses a single USB plug.
UPDATE>>>>> Have spent an hour on the chat line today and have determined a bad drive. Has been returned to retailer for exchange.
thanks for reading and offering
01-08-2009 11:52 AM
<<<<<<UPDATE FROM THREAD ORIGINATOR>>>>>>>
Purchased 250gb FreeAgent Go. Being the cheap skate I am, I bought the PC formatted version, but originally thought I could use it for both Mac and PC. I have an iMac on 10.5.6 and a PC w/Windows XP home.
First drive attempt...
Partitioned into 2 unequal partitions.
Based on some faulty forum threads I was lead to believe I could format one partition in HPS+ and the other in FAT32. Sounds great! Backup each computer with one hard drive. In retrospect, I think this totally corrupted the external drive to a point of it not being recognized by either system.
2nd attempt...on a new drive
Exact same external drive model, originally formatted for PC
Copied existing files on FA Go to a folder on the Mac, just in case I wanted them in the future.
Used Mac disk utilities to reformat in HPS+, which wipes everything clean
Used Time Machine to backup entire Mac HD
Thus far have started, stopped, slept, plugged and unplugged external drive without failure.
From the first attempt failure, I noticed the issues after the Mac went to sleep. I originally thought this to be the culprit. From more searches and research, I learned about the energy saver in system preferences and have UNchecked the box to put the hard disk(s) to sleep, just in case.
Learnings from this experience...
Do not allow hard disk to be put to sleep. (still a questionable result)
Do not think you can be cheap and have one external drive to cover the 2 non-communicative operating systems. Get one for Mac, and one for the PC.
Buying the cheaper drive for PC and reformatting to HPS+ is an alternative. All that is lost is a few minutes to reformat and the FireWire connection.
I hope this helps someone else.