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Old February 16th, 2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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I'm trying to use an external Seagate drive as a HOST HDD for my HVX200.
I can transfer data to the hard drive but when I connect it to my iMac I get:
"you've inserted a disk that is unreadable by this computer."


Has anyone experienced anything like that?
I'm using FreeAgentPro. As a regular HD formated for mac use it works fine, but it stops being recognized when I format it through HVX200.

Any help would be most appreciated.

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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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This is because the FreeAgent enclosure has automated software built into a firmware chip and on the HDD itself to act as an automatic backup solution for PC or Mac. That software only allows "READ ONLY" access on a Mac which is why you're getting that message.

What you need is a simple external HDD in an enclosure (technically you don't even need an enclosure, you could simply use a bare-drive connector/power supply) with whatever size HDD you want. Then the camera can format the drive properly and, there won't be any additional software in the enclosure competing for formatting or access options.

Use your FreeAgent for system backups but not for HOST MODE transfers.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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Really? That's too bad. I've bought it only for this purpose.
Does anyone know if there's a way to work it around?

Thanks for your answer, Robert.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #4
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No, there's no workaround other than physically removing the HDD from the enclosure and using it bare. You can't turn off that firmware chip in the enclosure because that contains the entire purpose of the FreeAgent product.
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