Did you format the new disc first using Applications=>Utilities=> Disk Utility
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My guess would be that the FreeAgent HD is preformatted to Windows-compatible. With my MacBook, I have a Windows partition that doesn't allow me to copy files directly between the Mac and Windows partitions.
Like the previous posters, use Disk Utility to reformat to Mac-compatible and the disk permission issue should be fixed.
Thanks to each of you. This is a thread that I wish I could have pulled before it got "on the air". The box clearly stated that the FreeAgent was formatted for Windows and Vista - Duh! Two geeks at Best Buy AND me did not think to check that. I returned it and got a "My Book" formatted for Mac OSX. Wallah! It copied and pasted from the Cavalry without a hitch. The "My Book" is back in the box and tucked away as that extra back-up that we should all have. With the Raid-1 Calvary and the el-cheapo "My Book" I think the library is safe. Thanks Again - Don't I feel like an Audiofool.