Resolved seagate backup plus case not working with different hard drive

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  1. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    I got a seagate backup plus enclosure (enclosure only without hard drive) but when I put a HDD with data in it and connected it, the data couldn't be read; it was not recognized. putting it back into the orico enclosure, it worked fine. why wouldn't it work; do i have to initialize it in the seagate enclosure? why?
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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  3. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok so I formatted a hard drive (which worked in the imac and in the orico enclosure) in the seagate enclosure and it worked. Then I put it back in the orico and it didn't work. So apparently you have to format the hard drive in the enclosure for it to work, and it won't work in other enclosures or computers after you do that. I wonder what the seagate firmware is doing that does this. Shouldn't hard drives work the same with any sata to usb converter?
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Any hard drive should work in any enclosure. That's just weird.
     
  5. poiihy, Oct 5, 2016
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    poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yeah, so apparently, basically, a hard drive formatted in a computer or other enclosure, won't work in a seagate enclosure, and a hard drive formatted in a seagate enclosure, won't work in a computer or other enclosure.
    it sucks that i had to erase the hard drive to use it. oh well, lesson learned, don't get ripped enclosures (enclosures from premade external hard drives, like seagate backup plus, with the hard drive removed). get enclosures that are designed for the purpose.
    I got a 320gb seagate backup plus now; resolved.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Does Disk Utility even see the drive? If it does, try to partition it for a single GUID partition. That might be enough to kill whatever partition scheme Seagate installed.
     
  7. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's already been done; disk utility sees it as an unreadable device that can be formatted. once formatted, it works.

    It has to be formatted in the seagate enclosure, for it to work in the seagate enclosure (and it won't work in other enclosures).
    If you put a drive that was formatted with something else, it won't be readable in the seagate enclosure and would have to be reformatted.
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    It's probably like the WD My Books, using hardware encryption.
     
  9. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ohh, so the firmware is encrypting the data, so it can only be accessed in that enclosure? is that what it's doing?
     
  10. matreya macrumors 65816

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    That's what it sounds like to me... I dunno for sure, but that's the same behaviour as the WD My Books which I know deploy encryption.

    Personally, I find it annoying, because if the enclosure fails, you've lost your data.
     

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