How to Repair a Seagate FreeAgent 500GB Desktop Drive

by Steven Diggs, Jr.

Seagate FreeAgent 500GB desktop drives connect to a computer through a USB port and receive power from an electrical outlet. These drives can need repair for many reasons. You may be receiving a corrupted data error because you pulled the drive's USB plug out of the computer while a file was being saved to it, or a power surge may have affected the drive, causing you not to be able to read the data. You can format the drive back to its original settings to fix problems you may be having.


Plug the FreeAgent into an electrical outlet, then plug it into a computer's USB port.


Click the Start menu in the bottom left corner of your screen. Navigate to "System and Security," and "Administrative Tools." Double-click the "Computer Management" option.


Click the "Disk Management" option in the left pane.


Locate the FreeAgent drive, which most likely will be named "FreeAgent." Right-click the drive and click on "Format."


Click the "Format" button to start the process.


  • check Backup files on another storage drive before formatting the FreeAgent.


  • close All of the files on your FreeAgent will be erased once the process begins.

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Steven Diggs, Jr. has been writing professionally since 2008. His work can be seen published all over the Web, including on the Appalachian Independent website. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history from Frostburg State University.

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