Convert Seagate Replica external HDD to normal HDD

December 18, 2012 at 07:49:31
Specs: Windows Vista
I also started reading this blog because I found out that the Seagate FreeAgent GoGlex Replica will not work on my computer. I don't want to throw away the money spent. How do you reformat, take away partitions and have just a simple external hardrive? I run a old Dell XPS using Vista but am about to change to 7 or 8

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December 18, 2012 at 09:32:40
The Seagate GoFlex Replica works on Windows Vista & Windows XP so I'm puzzled why you say it does not work on your computer.

However, if you want to delete the partitions and start afresh with a new, empty partition you can do it with the Disk Management console. (You've got to have at least one partition on a hard drive otherwise you can't write anything to it).

Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

In the bottom-right panel, find the ribbon that represents the GoFlex drive.
Right-click each partition and click "Delete Volume".
All the space should now read "Unallocated".
Right-click that and choose "Create new simple volume".
Then right-click that volume and choose "Format".

Upgrading to Windows 7 or 8
Be aware that you can't upgrade the OS on some older XPS models owing to lack of compatible drivers, so check the Dell website first!

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