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Old 11-30-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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Ubuntu compatibility issues with Seagate Free Agent Pro External hdd?

Before i happily migrated to Ubuntu,i bought a 750Gb seagate free agent pro and it does not seem to be compatible with Ubuntu!Any help please or is the money i've spent on the Extn.HDD down the drain?Save my dough please.(unable to find any compatible drivers!)
Old 11-30-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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There's a sleep issue with FreeAgent drives: There was a big fuss about this when they came out. I believe the workaround involves disabling the sleep function on the drive.
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Seagate issued a workaround for the problem:
Old 12-03-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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This particular reply from Mr.Nathan from Seagate(my presumption)seems workable.iam a Linux toddler and hope all of you will contribute to and help each other to figure this out.Iam posting the message as below:
How to disable power management on Seagate FreeAgent storage solutions on Linux system.

1 - It is supposed in this sample that the drive is attached to device /dev/sdc

2 - Check that the right drive is selected:
$ sudo sdparm -a /dev/sdc
/dev/sde: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 400A
Power condition mode page:
IDLE 0 [cha: n, def: 0, sav: 0]
STANDBY 1 [cha: y, def: 1, sav: 1]
ICT 0 [cha: n, def: 0, sav: 0]
SCT 9000 [cha: y, def:9000, sav:9000]

3 - Force restart the drive ( if the drive was in stanby mode):
$ sudo sdparm --command=start /dev/sdc

4 - Disable power management:
$ sudo sdparm --clear STANDBY -6 /dev/sdc

5 - Check the drive power management has been disabled:
$ sudo sdparm -a /dev/sdc
/dev/sde: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 400A
Power condition mode page:
IDLE 0 [cha: n, def: 0, sav: 0]
STANDBY 0 [cha: n, def: 1, sav: 0]
ICT 0 [cha: n, def: 0, sav: 0]
SCT 0 [cha: n, def:9000, sav: 0]


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