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Seagate Freeagent Pro: Hardware That Comes with Proprietary Software

Jun 24, 2008, 01:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurie Langham)

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"Getting an external hard drive for my laptop seemed like such a good idea when I first thought about it. Seagate have got a dinky little 750 GB affair, called the Freeagent Pro, with lights that go up and down when it's having a bit of a think to itself, so I got myself one of those. What I didn't know when I bought it was that the hard drive came with all sorts of issues related to proprietary software.

"I plugged my new Freeagent Pro into my Thinkpad but the desktop icon wouldn't let me into it; I couldn’t get in with Konqueror either. Qtparted, and Kdiskfree freely admitted that there was a 750 GB NTFS partition connected by a USB, but rebuffed all right click efforts to mount it and responded with various 'error' messages..."

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