Solved windows 8 1TB seagate expansion drive not working.

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May 28, 2013 at 14:29:05
Specs: Windows 8, 64bit/8gb ram
Well I've been some problems with my Seagate 1tb the funny thing is it worked fine on my windows 8 computer for about a week then it just didn't. I plugged into my xp laptop and into my work computer and they both read it just fine. I tried it on another windows 8 machine and the same problem... windows 8 hates it I guess. I've been looking allover for an answer or for an update from seagate... nothing. The problem is not the cable. The problem is not the computer. Both hardware are completely new. My guess is some driver issue at windows 8 part seeing as the problem was replicated exactly on another computer.

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June 5, 2013 at 08:33:42
After weeks of fighting it I finally came upon a solution. Here's the thing. Windows 8 has a tougher security system. If your account is the administrator of the computer it doesn't guarantee you access to the drive or peripherals. Your user has to be given access rights to it. So you have to manually add yourself(the user for example Computername\UserBlah and add all the privileges of read write and access to the specific user. I'm pretty sure if you add a general user or computer user rule it may work as well but in my case i just added myself and the drive was accessed normally again. Pain in the butt security imho .Made me waste countless hours of processes and research.


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May 28, 2013 at 15:34:59
I don't know what's happening to Seagate. They were the best. I hope it isn't because Maxtor bought them. Yours is the second post in a week about a bad Seagate drive. Download their tools from their site. Burn them to a CD & boot the machine with it. See what the say the status of the drive is.

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May 28, 2013 at 19:56:12
Thats the thing teir so called tools do nothing. They can see the drive no problem they can even detect that it has data however they cant make it work with w8 . best i could do is back it up to an image file in the comp so i can mount the image and even that was a pain. While i can just open it and read it no problem on my other comps. Im reggarding w8 as the new vista and seagate as the new western digital. :( im this close of fomatting the laptop and putting w7 on it.

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#3
May 29, 2013 at 01:08:32
I agree with everything you said, especially, 8 being the new Vista & Seagate being the new WD. However there is one more thing. The Seagate tools should at least be able to give you a code so that you can RMA it, In other words, ship the drive to Seagate & get a replacement. I have two Seagate external drives, one that I bought within the last year. So far, they are working well. Both of them are backups of the same data.

I just searched google for What happened to Seagate quality. There were many hits. One is:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/...

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#4
May 29, 2013 at 07:00:18
Yeah their tools read it just fine and are able to give me the code but why would I send them a drive that has over 600 gb of data I can actually access in other non W8 computers... I just want it to work with my W8 comp like it used to 2 weeks ago. (probably an update or something screwed up the drivers) I'm certain I'm not the only one having this problem since its a problem being shouted over the web for quite a while. It is frustrating tho that they haven't responded with a patch or an updated driver.

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#5
May 29, 2013 at 08:01:34
Disable the UEFI in the BIOS on Windows 8. See if that helps.

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May 29, 2013 at 08:34:47
Hmm... looks promising(reading on it)... as soon as I get back home I'll give it a check and let you know if it worked.

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June 5, 2013 at 08:33:42
✔ Best Answer
After weeks of fighting it I finally came upon a solution. Here's the thing. Windows 8 has a tougher security system. If your account is the administrator of the computer it doesn't guarantee you access to the drive or peripherals. Your user has to be given access rights to it. So you have to manually add yourself(the user for example Computername\UserBlah and add all the privileges of read write and access to the specific user. I'm pretty sure if you add a general user or computer user rule it may work as well but in my case i just added myself and the drive was accessed normally again. Pain in the butt security imho .Made me waste countless hours of processes and research.

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#8
June 5, 2013 at 08:48:37
All you did was create another account with administrator privileges. I don't know why that would be better than the administrator account. The permissions should be the same.

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June 6, 2013 at 07:15:31
Oh no the account was not another account with administrator privileges. It was my normal user I did't make any changes to the account. What I had to do was add him to the users of the disk. Which I still find odd its a portable the whole idea of it is to pop it on another computer and keep working however w8 in several computers I tried the drive has explicitly blocked access to the drive. When I pop it in a xp or a w7 computer that is not the case.

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#10
June 6, 2013 at 07:27:06
I understand what you're saying now & I've done something similar. There were times I had to add the domain admin account to the local machine, in the control panel. On a huge network, that would be hell for an admin.

Windows 8 has that UEFI thing in the BIOS that blocks everything in the world. I bet if you had disabled it, it would have solved the problem.

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June 6, 2013 at 07:41:35
The funny thing is I did go trough the process and disabled it however it had no effect on the problem. So far the only solution has been what I did which I hope helps some users with similar issues.

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#12
June 6, 2013 at 09:00:00
I'll certainly keep it in mind.

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#13
November 11, 2013 at 15:28:24
Sigh.

Okay, so I'm having exactly the same problem. Any chance someone could walk me through this solution?


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