GoFlex Home Time Machine backup after software update 2.5.2

Apple introduced a new way to backup using Time Machine after Osx10.7. This article explains how to backup properly using the latest firmware on the GoFlex Home.

The method in which Time Machine interacts with your GoFlex Home has changed to improve backing up and restoring your data.

What has changed?

  • Time Machine will now see the GoFlex Home out of the box.
  • You will not need to setup a computer's backup password.
  • Restoring your entire system will not require any commands in terminal.

The move from the old method to the new will require disabling and wiping any old backups in the computer's backup space on your GoFlex Home. This means that any old backups that Time Machine made to the GoFlex Home will be erased.

Warning: If you do not want to lose any of your old backups, please do not proceed. Instead, continue to use the current backup method.

Moving from the old to the new:

  1. Open a web browser and go to goflexhome.local
  2. Log in.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the Computers Backup drop down.
  5. Click on the wipe button.
    This will erase all old Time Machine backups on the GoFlex Home. If you do not wipe the Computer's Backup, all of your old backups will still be taking up space.
  6. Next uncheck the Enable Computers Backup feature box.
  7. Go to Edit User on the Preferences page (goflexhome.local).
    Add a new user, then log into that user for the Time Machine backup.
  8. Open Time Machine.
  9. Choose Select Disk.
  10. Select the GoFlex Home Backup for backup.


Starting fresh:
Whether you are moving from the old to the new method or just getting started with Time Machine backups, the following steps will apply only if your GoFlex Home is on the latest firmware.
How to check if your GoFlex Home is on the latest firmware:

  1. Navigate a web browser to goflexhome.local
  2. Log in.
  3. Click on About in the lower left.

  4. If the Software Version of your GoFlex Home is not or later, go to the Preferences page.
  5. Click on Software Updates, then click on the Check Now button.
    The firmware should be downloaded and installed. A reboot of the GoFlex Home will be required for the install to take effect.
  6. Once your GoFlex Home is on the latest firmware, you will be able to start backing up with Time Machine.

To initiate Time Machine backups:

  1. In your Mac OS, go to System Preferences.
  2. Click on Time Machine.
    If you are moving from the old method to the new method of backup, you will need to click on Select Disk and click on Stop Backing Up to proceed.
  3. Click on Select Backup Disk...
  4. Select GoFlex Home Backup.
  5. Click on Use for Backup.
  6. Authenticate with the user name and password that you set up on the GoFlex Home.

Restoring data
Restoring your data within Mac OS is as easy as clicking on the Time Machine icon in the dock.

Recovering your system from hardware failure
This feature of Time Machine is useful when attempting to restore your entire system (operating system, programs, settings and your user data) after a hardware failure or hard drive upgrade.

How to do a full system restore:

  1. Make sure the Mac you want to restore and the GoFlex Home are on the same network (a wired connection is preferred over wireless for speed and to ensure connectivity).
  2. Either boot to your Mac OS install DVD (10.5 and up) or insert the DVD in your Mac and double-click on it from the Desktop.
  3. Once in the Installer, choose Utilities and then Restore System from Backup.
  4. In the Restore Your System window, click Continue.
  5. Select your Time Machine backup volume.
  6. Select the Time Machine backup you want to restore.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions.



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