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Can i use a Seagate Back up plus 3 TB external Drive as a regular storage Device

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March 24, 2013 9:18:06 PM

I bought a Seagate Back up plus and i would like to use it to store Movies on but i have no Idea how to remove the dashboard off it and use it for my movies. I do not wont this drive for back up , Or did i make a mistake when i bought this. The store rep said i could use it as a reg drive but i have no idea how to do that.
a b G Storage
March 24, 2013 9:29:08 PM

as a rule external hard drives can only be used as data drive....ie store movies, pictures, etc. you can not install programs to a usb drive (unless its a boot drive for taking windows with you to other computers). though it sounds like you do want it as a data drive. so it should work. uninstall the bloatware disk and plug it back in and see if windows default drivers will run it alone. if not you may want to have a conversation with said store rep!
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March 24, 2013 9:39:30 PM

Try reformatting first. If you've already right clicked the Seagate Disk, and tried reformatting it and it's not removing the info....then AND ONLY THEN, do the following.

Make sure you've removed all data, as this process will delete everything on the disk.

With Seagate disconnected
-Right click Computer, and choose Manage.
In Computer Management, choose Storage>Disk Management

Check and see what disks appear, then plug in the Seagate. After it identifies, the management panel should auto update. If it does not, Choose 'Action' in the upper left of the window (next to File) and choose 'Refresh'.
Once you see the Seagate, Right click in the partition block (the boxes to the right that'll say NTFS, FAT, etc) and delete the Volume.
You can then Right click again and create a new Simple Volume. Once created, your drive should be fully clean for whatever you want.

[I take no responsibility for any loss of data following this process. You do so at your own risk.]
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a b G Storage
March 24, 2013 9:42:34 PM

Doramius said:
Try reformatting first. If you've already right clicked the Seagate Disk, and tried reformatting it and it's not removing the info....then AND ONLY THEN, do the following.

Make sure you've removed all data, as this process will delete everything on the disk.

With Seagate disconnected
-Right click Computer, and choose Manage.
In Computer Management, choose Storage>Disk Management

Check and see what disks appear, then plug in the Seagate. After it identifies, the management panel should auto update. If it does not, Choose 'Action' in the upper left of the window (next to File) and choose 'Refresh'.
Once you see the Seagate, Right click in the partition block (the boxes to the right that'll say NTFS, FAT, etc) and delete the Volume.
You can then Right click again and create a new Simple Volume. Once created, your drive should be fully clean for whatever you want.

[I take no responsibility for any loss of data following this process. You do so at your own risk.]

plus 1

it might fix it it might bork it but its likely worth a shot.
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March 24, 2013 9:46:28 PM

atomicWAR said:
as a rule external hard drives can only be used as data drive....ie store movies, pictures, etc. you can not install programs to a usb drive (unless its a boot drive for taking windows with you to other computers). though it sounds like you do want it as a data drive. so it should work. uninstall the bloatware disk and plug it back in and see if windows default drivers will run it alone. if not you may want to have a conversation with said store rep!

atomicWar I bought it at Best-buy needless to say i will never ask them for any advice or tech support from them ever again i am doing a build of my first computer as a result of their tech support. After 3 months countless trips back to best-buy they have completely lost my business. I would not get them to Format a flash Drive for me. But i am not sure how to uninstall the Bloatware Disk.
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a b G Storage
March 24, 2013 10:03:03 PM

go into control panel, add remove programs....look for anything related to seagate or the back-up program that it forces you to use.
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March 24, 2013 10:09:10 PM

Doramius said:
Try reformatting first. If you've already right clicked the Seagate Disk, and tried reformatting it and it's not removing the info....then AND ONLY THEN, do the following.

Make sure you've removed all data, as this process will delete everything on the disk.

With Seagate disconnected
-Right click Computer, and choose Manage.
In Computer Management, choose Storage>Disk Management

Check and see what disks appear, then plug in the Seagate. After it identifies, the management panel should auto update. If it does not, Choose 'Action' in the upper left of the window (next to File) and choose 'Refresh'.
Once you see the Seagate, Right click in the partition block (the boxes to the right that'll say NTFS, FAT, etc) and delete the Volume.
You can then Right click again and create a new Simple Volume. Once created, your drive should be fully clean for whatever you want.

[I take no responsibility for any loss of data following this process. You do so at your own risk.]


atomicWAR said:
go into control panel, add remove programs....look for anything related to seagate or the back-up program that it forces you to use.


atomicWar; Went in programs nothing was their Reformatted everything is fine, Thanks for your help
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a b G Storage
March 24, 2013 10:10:03 PM

anytime brother!
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