How to setup a backup with Instant Backup on a GoFlex, GoFlex Desk, or GoFlex Home

How to setup a backup with Instant Backup on a GoFlex, GoFlex Desk, or GoFlex Home



Instant Backup, included with the GoFlex, GoFlex Desk, and GoFlex Home drives is a simple program that allows the user to backup the data files of their primary drive to the GoFlex drive.

Instant Backup, included with the GoFlex, GoFlex Desk, and GoFlex Home drives is a simple program that allows the user to backup the data files of their primary drive to the GoFlex drive.

To start an Instant backup:

  1. Double click the Seagate Dashboard on the desktop of the computer.
    Note: See Document ID: 214225 on installing Seagate Dashboard if it is not installed.
  2. Open Instant Backup from the Seagate Dashboard.
  3. Click Start Backup to backup all data files on the C: drive.
    • Certain files are excluded from the backup by default:
      • The Program Files folder
      • Temporary Files
      • Log files
      • Virtual hard drive files
      • The Windows system folder

The graph on the left of the Dashboard screen shows how many files of different types (documents, pictures, music, videos) are found on the local drive. The bar on the right shows you how full your backup destination, the GoFlex drive, is and what types of files are there (the colors coordinate to the colors of the graph on the left).

Optional advanced options:

  • If you want to backup selected folders only, then click Advanced Options.
  • Advanced options lets you drag selected folders from Windows Explorer into the backup selection.
  • Remove any unwanted folders by selecting the folder and clicking Remove Selected Items.
  • If you want to encrypt the backup, there is an Encrypt My Backup option you can choose.
    Note: Be sure to read the warnings.

Once you have set up the advanced options, click OK to return to the main screen. Then click Start Backup to begin the backup.

The video below walks you through the screens of the backup.

See also:

View Flash Guide
View Flash Video: Adjusting Drive Settings using Seagate Dashboard





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