GoFlex Home and Apple Time Machine

GoFlex Home and Apple Time Machine

When the GoFlex Home has the latest firmware, Apple Time Machine can backup to the GoFlex Home without any special configuration. This article explains how.

Please note that the following procedure is only for firmware versions below 2.5.2. When the GoFlex Home has the latest firmware, Apple Time Machine can backup to the GoFlex Home without any special configuration.

Before you setup a Time Machine backup to be saved on the GoFlex Home, you must first:

  • Create a user account for the GoFlex Home
  • Log-in to the Preference page
  • Click on Computers Backup
  • Enable Computers Backup feature
  • Set a Computers Backup password

Once you have enabled the Computers Backup feature and set a password:

  1. Install the GoFlex Home Installation CD.
  2. Click on the desktop icon - GoFlex Home Install CD.
  3. Click GoFlex Home Install.
  4. Choose Step 3 - Time Machine Backup Configuration.
  5. Input your GoFlex Home administrator account credentials.
  6. If Time Machine was already setup to be saved on another drive, you will get a pop-up screen where you must confirm you want to use HipServ instead.
  7. A pdf document will appear with instructions about how to proceed from here.


Restore Process: File Restore

  1. Click the Time Machine icon in the Dock. If Time Machine is not in the Dock, look for it in the Applications folder.
  2. Use the arrows or the timeline along the right side of your screen to browse through all the backups Time Machine has created.
  3. If you need more information about an item, double-click to preview it. The windows behave just like Finder windows, so you can open folders, click items in the sidebar, and use the search field in the upper-right corner of the window.
  4. When you find the item you want to restore, select it and then click Restore. You can restore individual items, multiple items, or folders. If an item you restore has the same name as another item on your computer, you will be asked if you want to keep the current item, the restored item, or both.


Restore Process: Bare Metal Restore (full system restore to a blank hard drive)

To do a bare metal restore you need to:

  1. Connect your computer to the router with an Ethernet cable. You will not be able to perform this restore while your computer is on a wireless connection.
  2. Boot to Mac OS install DVD with the Mac computer and the GoFlex Home connected to the same router.
  3. Once booted in to the install environment, go to Utilities > Terminal
  4. Run this command:
    mkdir /Volumes/restore
  5. Run this command:
    mount -t afp afp://ComputersBackup:yourpassword@GoFlexHome.local/0backups /Volumes/restore
    where yourpassword is your Computers Backup password.  After you run the command, it will take a few seconds for the bash command prompt to come back.
  6. If you were successful in mounting the share, quit Terminal and launch the restore from backup from the Utilities menu. You should then see the backups once you get to the appropriate screen.
  7. Follow the prompts, and select the backup time to restore to, and you should be on your way after a few mouse clicks.


After performing a file restore or rollback, there is a 'GoFlex Home Backup Disk' icon mounted to the desktop. This icon needs to be unmounted prior to running another backup.


If the ComputersBackup$ "share" is disconnected from the Mac, it can be remounted by going to Go > connect to server > smb://<ip address of GFH(see NOTE below)>/computersbackup$ and entering the backup password. You have to associate TimeMachine with the share again by clicking on the Time Machine icon in the dock. This will again mount the image of the backup to the desktop and the next TimeMachine backup will function properly.

Note: Your IP address can be obtained by opening Safari and going to www.seagateshare.com. Then enter the name, user name and password and click 'log in'. The IP address will be displayed in the address bar (i.e.



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