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Seagate FreeAgent Pro usable just as another drive?

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The Seagate FreeAgent Pro external drives come with auto-backup software and utilities; I'm looking at the 750GB USB/Firewire/eSATA model. Can this drive be used as just another drive?  That is, can one:

(1) read and write files to it through Windows Explorer?
(2) use another PC-based backup program (Retrospect is the one I use) with it as target?
(3) partition it?
(4) convert partitions to NTFS if they're not already NTFS?

Or is one restricted to using it via the bundled auto-backup software?
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