Seagate’s new “Free Agent” (ha!) drives are all broken, it would seem in an interesting way that makes them partially incompatible with Linux and other *nix based operating systems, including Macs.
Seagate representatives claim that there may be workarounds for this, but they do not intend to find out what they are and will not support them.
Solution: Never, ever buy a Seagate product again. It really isn’t necessary to do so. There are plenty of other disk manufacturers. Also, wait for the next bit of news on this, about how Microsoft bribed Seagate to pull of this particular technological feat.
(Not that I know that this is what happened. I’m just sayin’)