06-01-2009, 09:58 PM #1
Seagate Freeagent Formatting Problems
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- Jun 01, 2009
I just received a new 1TB seagate free agent HD. The hard drive said it was only for windows but it was on sale and I figured I could reformat it when I got it.
I have been trying to reformat it as HFS+ but it will not work. It says that the formatter has failed. I can format it as FAT32 but I need to store files above 4GB.
I think seagate must have put something on the drive to block reformatting in HFS+ or anything similar. Does anyone know why this is happening and how to get around it?
06-17-2009, 02:32 PM #2
Dumbest Product Ever
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- Jun 17, 2009
Seagate is out to rip off Mac users - there's no other way around it. Charging a premium for the "mac version" - even though we don't need or want their silly backup software - is absurd.
They have purposefully made it difficult to reformat their "PC only" drives (?!?!) in order to protect the software on it, but shutting it off to Mac formatting was just a slap in the face.
You can reformat the PC version using a utility called Drive Genius, which is available from the Apple website.
If you don't want to buy more software, you can use the terminal command to reformat the drive:
diskutil eraseDisk HFS+ newdisk disk1
"newdisk" = the name you want to format it with
"disk1" = the mount point for the little Seagate B*tch (find this by control-clicking on the drive in "disk utility"
Just waiting to see what other charming easter eggs these swine have left on the drive. What a mistake.
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