Remove Seagate Replica Software & reformat HD

Dell / Mxc062...
February 6, 2011 at 21:26:32
Specs: Windows XP, 1.997 GHz / 3326 MB
I want to reformat a Seagate Replica drive and use it as a simple external drive. I tried the product as a primary backup device but the replica software was much too invasive on processor and main memory resourses, plus it ran contstantly. I have tried to reformat the drive after performing an unistall of the Replica software but the drive seems to have a life of its own and keeps trying to perform what is presumably a Replica related write operation. Do I disconnect the drive and run over it with a steam roller and write it off, or is there a way to reclaim it for general use?

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#1
February 6, 2011 at 21:38:37
You realize it uses a 2.5" laptop HDD, right?

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#2
February 6, 2011 at 21:49:03
Yes, thanks, I was aware of that. But I'm more interested in the potential for external storage. In fact, I have to admit that I have seen the assy process. I work in Asia Pac and have visited several HDD factories during my time here. But nothing I have experienced has prepared me for the utterly tenacious Replica drive. That blue light on top reminds me of the "Terminator's" red eye after what seems to have been destruction beyond repair. LOL

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#3
February 6, 2011 at 21:57:22
I was under the impression that you wanted to remove the drive from the case & install it in a PC. The reviews of the Replica are absolutely horrible plus it's WAY overpriced. I suppose the specialty software has something to do with it. Are you wiping out the partitioning, then creating a new partition before formatting? Which software are you using?

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#4
February 6, 2011 at 23:04:31
If you had the impression I was stripping out from a laptop to replace it its possible you didn't understand what the Seagate "Replica" product is. It is an external HDD (USB) that is completely automated backup system. It creates a continuously updated disk "image" and is a one-trick-pony in that regard. The problem is that with my older XP system, the Seagate software is too heavily laden with overhead that it uses too much of my system's resources. I had used the Initialize and Convert Wizard, as I wanted to format this drive with NTFS, to get away from the FAT32 format. This would create a simple external USB 2 logical unit and allow me to store files larger than 4GB. (Hi Def anyone?). However, I may have found the problem. I did a search and found some Replica software files that didn't clean up with the uninstall. (like THAT never happens right?). I've rid the system drive of those files and it is reformatting now.

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#5
June 9, 2011 at 23:56:40
How did you fix your Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Replica by turning it into a 'regular' drive. I want to do that. Replica sux, so slow.

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