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WIndows software will not run on Linux. You may be able to do something with Wine, but that can be hit-or-miss and probably would likely not be an optimal means for this particular function in any event.
What is it that the Seagate utilities do that you can't find a Linux tool to do? Perhaps we can help you find appropriate Linux tools.
Hi everyone: Sorry it has taken so long to write back, but I had to take down my computer and totally rebuild the drives, the OS, and everything that was on that drive had to be wyped. I was able to pull some of the data off of my backups, but that took a lot of time and I am still not done. Then theres the problem where I screwed up and had to start over on the rebuild. That made me take a little longer that expected for me to get back on line.
OK, What I was wanting to try with the SeaGate repair disk, several years ago, when I was still a windows user, I had an external do the same thing. It was so cool, I put this disk in and it immediately reported what was wrong with the disk. I then clicked a button and the drive was well on its way to recovery. All data was eventually restored.
But there were some differences this time. This drive was a lot bigger (2TB) and was formatted Ext4 (it was Fat32 before). So the tools would probably not have helped anyway. But it would have been nice.
John VV suggested that I simply install the Windows software using Windows. But I am running LinuxMint 17.1 only, and Wine would not let me install it. I was actually considering installing windows, but in the process of trying to do so, something happoned and I could not boot my machine anymore. Thus the rebuild.
frankbell asked what this software does that linux couldn't do. I believe that the MBR on an external drive somehow become corrupted. Therefore Linux (and any other OS) could only see that there was a drive, but they could not see any data that existed on the drive. As a result, nothing could restore the huge amount of data on the drive. I tried GParted, testdisk, clonezilla, recoverdm, dell-recovery, and dell-recovery-bootloader, as well as dell-recovery-casper and all were either not able do do anything or they were inappropriate for the need, so I'm not sure now what happoned. At least one of these programs should have recognized a bad or missing MBR, wouldn't they? And even if they didn't, is there some tool that is designed to find corrupted drives and restore the data?
veerain mentioned that there used to be some SeaGate tools for DOS. Yeah, I thought of that, but taking a trip to the SeaGate site revealed nothing. Good idea though.
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There's a whole variety of tools in Linux which you can use to entire eradicate partitions and such and make use of the entire available drive space.
As far as repair and restore of data on an existing drive, there are also Linux tools which can take something like a non-system drive, grab all the data off of it and restore as much as it can, but this requires yet another larger drive to place all the attempted recovered media.
Also sounds like once you grabbed whatever you wanted, then you just wanted to use that drive to it's fullest capacity.
Then things like dd, gparted, fdisk, and mkfs are fine to restructure the drive to be useful for your new MINT install, provided you accept the fact that once you do this, you can no longer access the former files from the FAT32 unless you had gotten them off somehow before you repartitioned it.
So if I wanted/needed data off of it, I'd mount the drive and grab the data. Or I'd take an image of the drive and use that image later however I could to extract my data.
I'd then repartition the entire drive to be non-partitioned, then partition it as I'd like and make file systems as I'd like, ensuring that if it were a fully operational 2TB drive, that I had as much of that 2TB available as possible.
And if it were an old drive that has shown a propensity to "act up"? I'd not use it and just buy another 2TB drive which costs nominal anyways ...
The SeaGate tools for DOS will help. I created a disk from the image and will keep it for next time. As far as mounting the disk, I couldn't. Linux no longer recognized the disk and would not cooperate with my queries. Once reformatted and repartitioned the disk worked fine. All diagnostics said the drive was good to go. The tools could have helped then, I don't know, but this was before Ardvark71 had found and posted them so we will see if there is a next time. Wine would also not recognize the drive. Also, keep in mind that this was a Ext4 drive, and not a Fat32. DOS and Windows would not work well with the drive. They pretty much see a blank disk. So in my situation I had no choice. I had to reformat the drive as Ext4 and then rebuild it manually. I hope I do better next time...