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Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 1.5TB User Manual

Seagate freeagent desktop 1.5tb: user guide.

 

Summary of Contents

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Getting Started ... 1 Installing the Software Using the System Tray Icon Restoring the System Tray Icon Managing Your Drives Adjusting the Power Setting Testing Your Drive Updating Your Software Reading the LED Status Indicators Backing Up & Restoring Folders Creating a Backup Plan Using Simple Backup Creating a Custom Backup...

  • Page 3: Getting Started, Installing The Software

    Getting Started The Drive Manager software offers these features: • Backup & Restore to protect your data • Utilities to control power management, drive diagnosis, and software updates Installing the Software To install the Drive Manager software, Step 1. Connect your drive to your computer. The Main Menu window opens: Figure 1: Step 2: Click Install Drive Manager.

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    Figure 2: Step 3: Click Next. The EULA language selection window opens: Figure 3: Step 4: Select the language in which you want to read the License Agreement and click Next. The License Agreement window opens in the selected language: Installing the Software Welcome EULA Language Selection...

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    Figure 4: Step 5: Click Yes to accept the terms of the License Agreement. The Choose Destination Location window opens: Figure 5: Step 6: Accept the default destination location or click Browse to select a different location. Step 7: Click Next. A Setup Status window keeps you informed as the installation proceeds: Installing the Software License Agreement...

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    Figure 6: When the installation is complete, the InstallShield Wizard Complete window opens: Figure 7: Step 8: Click Finish. A Drive Manager icon appears on your desktop: Installing the Software Setup Status InstallShield Wizard Complete FreeAgent for Windows...

  • Page 7: Using The System Tray Icon

    The Drive Manager application opens: Figure 8: Using the System Tray Icon You can use the system tray icon to check the status of your drive and to access the drive features. Step 1. To check the status of your drive, roll your mouse over the system tray icon: Figure 9: The information popup confirms the drive’s status and identifies the drive letter.

  • Page 8: Restoring The System Tray Icon

    Figure 10: When a backup has failed, the red icon continues to display until the next successful Note: backup. Step 2: To display the Drive Manager menu, click the system tray icon: Figure 11: Step 3: Select the feature you want to access or select Exit to close the menu (the Drive Manager application remains open).

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    FreeAgent for Windows Step 1. To restore the icon to the System Tray, go to Start > Programs > Maxtor > Drive Manager Icon Figure 12: Restore System Tray Icon Using the System Tray Icon...

  • Page 10: Managing Your Drives, Adjusting The Power Setting

    Managing Your Drives The My Drives window provides a central point from which to manage your drives. It displays all Seagate and Maxtor drives connected to your computer: Figure 1: My Drives The Command panel across the top of the window allows you to access your drive features and manage drive utilities.

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    To adjust the power setting, Step 1. In the My Drives window, click Settings. The Settings window opens: Figure 2: Step 2: Click Adjust Power Setting. The Adjust Power Setting window opens: Adjusting the Power Setting Settings FreeAgent for Windows...

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    Figure 3: Step 3: Select an interval from the dropdown menu or click Default to return to the default power setting. Step 4: Click Apply to save the power setting. The Adjust Power Setting window confirms that the power setting for your drive has been changed: Adjusting the Power Setting Adjust Power Setting...

  • Page 13: Testing Your Drive

    Figure 4: Step 5: Click OK to return to the My Drives window. Testing Your Drive Test your drive to check the health of your the device. The diagnostic utility performs its tests without affecting the data on your drive. To test your drive, Step 1.

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 5: Settings Step 2: Click Test My Drive. The Test My Drive window opens: Testing Your Drive...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 6: Run Drive Diagnostics Step 3: Click Test. A progress bar indicates the progress of the test. When the test is complete, the results are displayed: Testing Your Drive...

  • Page 16: Updating Your Software

    The drive pictured above is functioning normally. If the diagnostic encounters an error during testing, the serial number of the bad device is displayed with instructions to contact Seagate for service and support: Updating Your Software The Software Update feature automatically informs you when an update is available for your software.

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 8: Settings Step 2: Click Check for Software Update. The Software Update window opens: Updating Your Software...

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    Figure 9: Software Update is turned on by default. Step 3: To turn off Software Update, unselect Check for updates automatically. Step 4: To check for updates now, click Check Now. If an update is available for your software, a Software Update window allows you to download the update: Figure 10: Step 5: Click Yes to download the software update.

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    Figure 11: When the software update has downloaded, you’re asked if you want to install the update now. Figure 12: Step 6: Click Yes to install the update now. The Install Wizard Welcome window opens. Step 7: Follow the steps in the Install Wizard to install the update. If your software is up to date, a Software Update window provides your software version number: Updating Your Software...

  • Page 20: Reading The Led Status Indicators

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 13: Software Up to Date Step 8: Click OK. Reading the LED Status Indicators Your drive has an LED status indicator to keep you informed of the status of the drive: Figure 14: Drive LED Reading the LED Status Indicators...

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    LED Descriptions Flashing rapidly Shining steadily/bright Pulsing slowly Shining steadily/dim Reading the LED Status Indicators FreeAgent for Windows State Drive fault Power on; no data activity Data activity Asleep...

  • Page 22: Backing Up & Restoring Folders, Creating A Backup Plan, Using Simple Backup

    Backing Up & Restoring Folders The Backup & Restore feature allows you to • Schedule the backup of selected folders • Edit backup settings • Launch an immediate backup • Restore backed up files After the initial backup, the Drive Manager software backs up changed files in backed up folders on a schedule you set or when you click Back Up Now in the Backup window.

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    Figure 1: Step 2: In the Backup window, click Simple Backup. A Simple Backup Confirmation window confirms that you’ve selected Simple Backup and asks you to name this Backup Plan: Figure 2: Step 3: Enter a name for your Backup Plan and click OK. Creating a Backup Plan Backup Simple Backup Confirmation...

  • Page 24: Creating A Custom Backup

    FreeAgent for Windows The Backup window now allows you to edit your backup settings and restore backed up files and describes your Backup Plan and the details of your most recent backup. Figure 3: Backup Creating a Custom Backup To select specific folders for backup and set up a backup destination and schedule, Step 1.

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 4: Backup Step 2: In the Backup window, click Custom Backup. The Backup Folder Selection window opens: Creating a Backup Plan...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 5: Backup Folder Selection Step 3: Name your Backup Plan, select the folders to be backed up, and click Next. The Backup File Types window opens: Creating a Backup Plan...

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    Figure 6: Step 4: Select the types of files you want to back up: • All File Types • Photos, Music, Videos, Documents. You can back up any or all of these: Creating a Backup Plan File Types: All Types FreeAgent for Windows...

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    Figure 7: • Custom Select specific file types to include or exclude for backup: – To back up only a few of the available file types, a. Select Include these file types. b. Select each file type you do want to back up and click Add to move it to –...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 8: File Types: Custom Step 5: Click Next. The Backup Schedule window opens: Creating a Backup Plan...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 9: Backup Schedule Step 6: Select the days and time at which you want to back up your folders and click Finish. The Backup window now allows you to edit your backup settings and restore backed up files and describes your Backup Plan. Creating a Backup Plan...

  • Page 31: Managing Backup Settings, Editing Backup Settings

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 10: Backup Managing Backup Settings Editing Backup Settings To edit the settings for a Backup Plan, Step 1. Click Backup in the Command panel. The Backup window opens: Managing Backup Settings...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 11: Backup Step 2: In the Backup window, click Edit My Backup Settings. The Backup Folder Selection window displays your current Backup Plan name and folder selection: Managing Backup Settings...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 12: Backup Folder Selection Step 3: Edit the Backup Plan name and/or the folder selection and click Next. The Backup File Types window displays your current selections: Managing Backup Settings...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 13: File Types Step 4: Edit the types of files to be backed up and click Next. The Backup Schedule window displays your current schedule: Managing Backup Settings...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 14: Backup Schedule Step 5: Edit the days and/or time you want to back up your folders and click Finish. The Backup window now displays your edited Backup Plan. Managing Backup Settings...

  • Page 36: Deleting A Backup Plan

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 15: Backup Deleting a Backup Plan You can delete the Backup Plan for any Seagate or Maxtor drive connected to your computer. To delete a Backup Plan, Step 1. Click Backup in the Command panel. The Backup window opens:...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 16: Backup Step 2: In the Backup window, click Delete Backup Plan. The Delete Backup Plan window opens: Managing Backup Settings...

  • Page 38: Using Scheduled Backup, Turning Off Scheduled Backup

    Figure 17: Listed is the Backup Plan for each drive connected to your computer. Step 3: Select the Backup Plan you want to delete and click Delete. The Backup Plan is deleted. Your backed up files are NOT deleted. Note: Using Scheduled Backup Use Scheduled Backup to back up changed files in backed up folders on the days and time you set.

  • Page 39: Backing Up Manually

    Figure 18: Backing Up Manually You can back up files manually whenever you like, whether Scheduled Backup is on or off. You can launch a backup manually in any of these ways: • Press the OneTouch button if you’ve customized it to back up files. •...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 19: Manual Backup Complete Step 4: When the backup is complete, click OK. Listed in the Backup window beneath Restore Files are the date and time of your most recent backup: Managing Backup Settings...

  • Page 41: Viewing The Backup Log

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 20: Backup Viewing the Backup Log The Backup Log is a text-based report of your backup history. To view the Backup Log, Step 1. Click View Log in the Backup window: Managing Backup Settings...

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    Figure 21: You can also click the OneTouch icon in your System Tray to display the OneTouch popup menu: Figure 22: Step 2: Click View Backup Log to open a text file showing the history of your system backups: Managing Backup Settings Backup System Tray Menu FreeAgent for Windows...

  • Page 43: Restoring Files

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 23: Backup Log Restoring Files When you back up the files stored in selected folders, Drive Manager saves ten (10) previous, or historical, versions of each revised file stored on your drive. You can restore a saved historical version of a backed up file based on the date it was last modified or you can restore the most recent version of a backed up file.

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 24: Backup Listed beneath Restore Files are the date and time of your most recent backup. Step 2: In the Backup window, click Restore Files. The Restore a Backup window opens: Restoring Files...

  • Page 45: Restoring An Historical Version

    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 25: Restore a File Restoring an Historical Version Step 1. Click Restore historical version of backed up file to restore a previous version of a file. The Restore Historical Version window opens: Restoring Files...

  • Page 46: Restoring The Most Recent Version

    Figure 26: Step 2: Select a file and file version to be restored and click Restore. The selected file version is restored to the location noted in the Restore Historical Version window. Restoring the Most Recent Version Step 1. Click Restore most recent version to restore the latest version of a file. Windows Explorer displays the contents of the Maxtor Backup folder: Restoring Files Restore Historical Version...

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    FreeAgent for Windows Figure 27: Maxtor Backup in Windows Explorer Step 2: Browse to the desired file and drag it to the location at which you want it restored. Step 3: Close Windows Explorer. Restoring Files...

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    Index Adjusting Power Setting Backing Up & Restoring Folders Creating a Backup Plan Restoring Files Backing Up Manually Creating a Backup Plan Creating a Custom Backup Using Simple Backup Creating a Custom Backup Deleting a Backup Plan Editing Backup Settings Getting Started Installing the Software Using the System Tray Icon...

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    Restoring Files Restoring an Historical Version Restoring the Most Recent Version Restoring the Most Recent Version Testing Your Drive Turning Off Scheduled Backup Updating Your Software Using Scheduled Backup Using Simple Backup Using the System Tray Icon Viewing the Backup Log FreeAgent for Windows...

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