How to setup a Backup Plus or GoFlex drive for use under MacOS

Backup Plus and GoFlex drives include a program that will allow you to use the drives on a Mac or on a PC without reformatting in between. This article explains how.

The Backup Plus and GoFlex product lines, GoFlex Desk, GoFlex Pro and GoFlex Slim drives  are flexible enough to use in Mac OS, Windows, or both. Follow the steps below to help optimize the drive for use in your environment.
Choose the environment that best fits your need.

  • Using the drive under MacOS only
  • Using the drive under MacOS and Windows

Using the drive under MacOS only

  • If using MacOS 10.5 or higher, you can simply use the drive with Time Machine by saying "Yes" to the "Do you want to use this new drive with Time Machine" prompt.  
  • If you want to use the drive for storage then you can simply reformat the drive using Disc Utilities. Document ID: 207851 includes details for formatting a drive in MacOS.
    The sleep utility referenced in that article for FreeAgent Go is not needed for Seagate Backup Plus or FreeAgent GoFlex.

Using the drive under MacOS and Windows
If you want to use the drive under Windows and MacOS, simply leave the drive in the NTFS format that it has when shipped from the factory (say No to "Do you want to use this drive with Time Machine?", if prompted). Install the included software which has a special driver that will allow the NTFS partition to be read and written under MacOS:

  1. Plug in the drive.
  2. Open the Seagate Backup Plus or FreeAgent GoFlex icon that appears on the desktop.
  3. Double-click the Seagate Dashboard Installer.dmg (Backup Plus) or Mac Installer.dmg (GoFlex) file on the drive and follow the prompts.
    If the driver is not installed, then the drive will be read-only under MacOS.
    The driver is pre-loaded on your drive from the factory. Click here to download the driver if it was deleted or lost.

When using the NTFS driver, the Memeo software (included with the GoFlex products) and Time Machine will not work.  However, you will be able to drag files to the drive, then transport them to a Windows computer. 

You will need the appropriate applications installed to open some file types.  So, when copying a file to be used under Windows, be sure the file is saved in a format supported by your Windows applications.



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