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Seagate FreeAgent 1TB Mac Edition does not work with a PC (How-to)

I can always use an external hard drive.  Who can say no to more storage right?  However, my Mac Mini really doesn’t need 1TB worth of storage.  My PC does.  It could use an extra 1TB.  Out of the box, the drive was not recognized by Windows because it has been formatted for Mac.  In order to get this drive PC friendly, you’ll need a Mac’s help.  Disclaimer – Follow these instructions at your own risk.  Popmonkeys.com is not responsible if anything happens to electronics.

  1. Plug the drive into the Mac.
  2. Open up Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
  3. IMPORTANT – make sure to highlight only the Seagate FreeAgent drive.  You could accidentally format your hard drive if you make a mistake.
  4. Navigate over to the Erase tab.  The drive should be in the Journal Format.
  5. Click on the drop down and select MS-Dos.  This should format the drive to FAT 32.
  6. Click Erase and follow the on screen instructions.

1TB should take a while to format depending on your Mac.  My Mac Mini is pretty lightweight, so it took about half an hour.  The drive will shut itself off when it’s done formatting.  After that, the drive should work work with the PC and Mac.

Review: Portable External Hard Drives

External hard drives are an easy way to increase media storage.  If you work with large images, music files, and video, an external hard drive is almost essential for you.  I deal with all three of the above so storage is important to me.


There’s one hard drive that I like the most because it’s small, portable, spacious, and easy to use.  The Western Digital My Passport drive has not disappoint me.   The drive is 320GB and is about the size of a BlackBerry Curve.

Western Digital My Passport

I can’t believe this little drive is 320GB.  In the first photos, most of the external drives are 500GB.  The best part of the Western Digital My Passport drive is that it only need a USB 2.0 cable to power and connect the drive.  There’s no other power supply needed.

Western Digital My Passport

Best of all, I carry this with my Asus Eee PC 1000H (only $389 at Amazon.com) to have access to all my media files.  They are both tiny and can easily fit into a slim dvd player case.

The Western Digital is available in assorted colors and in different capacities. Prices are extremely good at Amazon.com.

Western Digital My Passport 250GB – $80 with Free Shipping – Click Here For The Amazon Product Page

Western Digital My Passport 320GB – $90 with Free Shipping – Click Here For The Amazon Product Page

Western Digital My Passport 500GB – $135 with Free Shipping – Click Here For The Amazon Product Page