Seagate Backup Plus Desktop User Manual

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    Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

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    © 2012 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, the Wave logo, and FreeAgent are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC, or one of its affiliates. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    Seagate Dashboard Features ........5...

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    Configuring Seagate Dashboard Features ......34 Viewing the Seagate Dashboard Log ......36 Updating the Seagate Dashboard Software .

  • Page 5: Introducing Seagate Dashboard, Seagate Dashboard Features, Protecting Your Data (windows Only)

    Seagate Dashboard Features 1. Introducing Seagate Dashboard Seagate Dashboard is a powerful, yet easy-to-use utility for backing up your data and sharing and saving media on your social media networks. This chapter describes the features of Seagate Dashboard, how to get started using the program, and the system requirements for the Windows and Mac versions of the program.

  • Page 6: Sharing Your Pictures And Videos, Downloading And Saving Your Pictures

    Using Seagate Dashboard, you can easily adjust settings and features on your Seagate drives. You can control the power save feature on your drive, turn the LEDs on the drive on or off, perform a diagnostic test, and link directly to the Seagate technical support page for your drive.

  • Page 7: About The Seagate Dashboard Icon, Seagate Dashboard Icon

    Seagate Dashboard agent, right-click the Seagate Dashboard icon and select Quit from the menu. If you do not want the Seagate Dashboard agent to start running when your computer starts, right-click the Seagate Dashboard icon and remove the checkmark next to Launch on Startup.

  • Page 8: System Requirements For Seagate Dashboard, Windows Requirements, Mac Requirements, Cloud Storage Requirements

    Note: The Protect, Share, and Save features of Seagate Dashboard only work with Dashboard- enhanced Seagate drives, such as the Backup Plus family of drives. These features do not work on non-Dashboard-enhanced Seagate drives, or drives from other vendors. Windows Requirements To use Seagate Dashboard on a Windows computer, you need the following: ®...

  • Page 9: Protecting Your Data, Activating The Default Backup Plan

    Seagate Dashboard includes a robust and flexible data backup feature. You can start backing up your system with a single click, or you can customize the feature to back up your data according to a set schedule and save it to a Dashboard-enhanced Seagate backup drive or to Cloud Storage.

  • Page 10: Creating A Customized Backup Plan, Customized Backup Plan

    Protecting Your Data Creating a Customized Backup Plan Seagate Dashboard starts backing up your data to your Seagate drive. If you have more than one Seagate drive connected to your computer, your data is backed up to the drive designated as the default backup drive. See “Setting Up Your Seagate Drives for Seagate Dashboard”...

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    By default, the backup plan is set to back up all files on your system, so All Files is selected. To back up a specific directory or group of files, remove the checkmark next to All Files, then click the Select Files button. Figure 5: Selecting Types of Files to Back Up Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

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    “Using Cloud Storage” on page 23 for information about setting up a Cloud Storage account. Figure 7: Selecting a Backup Destination Make sure there is enough room on the destination drive for the files you want to back up. Click the > button to move to the next screen. Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

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    Daily: Executes the backup plan at a specific time each day. • Continuous: Constantly monitors the selected files and directories and backs up any new or changed files. Click the green checkmark to activate the backup plan. Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

  • Page 14: Restoring Files From Backup

    X button to delete the backup plan. If you choose to delete a backup plan, Seagate Dashboard gives you the option to delete the files from the backup drive, or leave them in place.

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    Select a backup that contains the file you want to restore. If the file was saved on a Backup Plus drive, Seagate Dashboard maintains multiple versions of the file, so you can select the most recent version or a previous version. If the file was saved to Cloud Storage, only the most recent version is available to restore.

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    Restoring Files from Backup Click the > button, and select the location on your system where you want to restore the file. By default, Seagate Dashboard will save the restored files in their original location on your system. Figure 12: Selecting the Destination for the Restored File Click the green checkmark to restore the file from the backup to the selected location.

  • Page 17: How Picture And Video Sharing Works, Sharing Your Pictures And Videos

    Example: Uploading Pictures to Facebook Here is an example of how to use Seagate Dashboard to upload a set of pictures into a new album in Facebook. This example uploads some pictures of coins into a new album on Facebook called “Coins”.

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    Figure 13: Seagate Dashboard File Selection Screen Place a checkmark next to the files and folders you want to upload. If you place a checkmark next to a folder, it selects all of the files in the folder. Once you are done selecting files to upload, click the >...

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    When you are finished, click the green checkmark to start the upload. Once the upload is finished, you can log into your Facebook page and view the pictures in the album. Figure 15: Picture Album Uploaded to Facebook Using Seagate Dashboard Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

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    Sharing Your Pictures and Videos Example: Uploading Pictures to Facebook Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

  • Page 21: Saving Your Online Pictures With Seagate Dashboard, How Picture Saving Works

    Once you grant this permission to the Seagate Dashboard app, you do not need to grant it again. If you later want to remove the permission from the Seagate app, you can do so from the App Settings screen in Facebook.

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    Saving Your Online Pictures with Seagate Dashboard Example: Downloading Pictures from Facebook On the Save screen, Seagate Dashboard shows the number of new pictures that have been posted in your account. “New” pictures are those that Seagate Dashboard has found in your account but hasn’t already downloaded.

  • Page 23: Using Cloud Storage, About Cloud Storage, Setting Up A Cloud Storage Account

    The Cloud Storage feature is only available in the Windows version of Seagate Dashboard. About Cloud Storage The Seagate Cloud Storage Service Powered by Nero is a secure, reliable place to store your backed-up data online. When you purchased your Seagate Backup Plus drive, you received a free 1-year subscription to the Cloud Storage service, along with 4 gigabytes of free storage.

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    Using Cloud Storage Setting up a Cloud Storage Account On the Seagate Dashboard Home screen, click the Cloud Storage icon at the top of the screen. Click here to set up your Cloud Storage account Figure 17: Cloud Storage Icon on the Seagate Dashboard Home Screen Click the Create a new account link to display the account sign-up page.

  • Page 25: Signing Into Your Cloud Storage Account, Managing Your Cloud Storage Account From Seagate Dashboard

    To do this, go to the Seagate Dashboard Home screen, and click the Cloud Storage icon to display the Cloud Settings screen. The Info tab displays information about your Cloud Storage account, including the amount of storage you have available and when your subscription will expire.

  • Page 26: Using The Cloud Storage Web Portal

    To open the Cloud Storage Web Portal, do one of the following: • Click the Cloud Storage icon at the top of the Seagate Dashboard screen, then click the Open Web Portal link on the Info tab. Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

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    Using Cloud Storage Using the Cloud Storage Web Portal • Open a browser and go to, then log in with your Cloud Storage account username and password. Figure 21: Cloud Storage Web Portal The following options are available on the Cloud Storage Web Portal: •...

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    Using Cloud Storage Using the Cloud Storage Web Portal Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

  • Page 29: Managing Your Seagate Drives With Seagate Dashboard, Viewing Information About Your Drive

    Viewing Information About Your Drive At the top of the Seagate Dashboard window, there is an icon for each Seagate drive connected to your system. When you place your cursor over the drive icon, Seagate Dashboard displays a bar below the icon indicating how full the drive is. Click the drive icon to display information about the drive.

  • Page 30: Adjusting Drive Settings

    Drive Info Tab Adjusting Drive Settings Click the Manage tab to adjust settings for your Seagate drive. From this tab, you can specify settings for the drive’s power save feature, enable or disable the drive’s LEDs, and perform a diagnostic test on the drive.

  • Page 31: Getting Technical Support For Your Seagate Drive

    Support. Note that running the diagnostic test does not modify any of your data. Getting Technical Support for Your Seagate Drive The Support tab provides a link to the support page on the Seagate web site for your drive, as well as worldwide contact information for Seagate Technical Support.

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    Getting Technical Support for Your Seagate Drive If you cannot find the information you are looking for on the Seagate web site, or if you want to contact Seagate Technical Support directly, select your region from the list box at the bottom of the screen.

  • Page 33: Managing The Seagate Dashboard Software, Configuring Seagate Dashboard Settings

    Setting Up Your Seagate Drives for Seagate Dashboard The Drives tab on the Settings screen shows information about your Seagate drives and Cloud Storage account and lets you set how the drives appear in the Seagate Dashboard Seagate Dashboard User Guide...

  • Page 34: Configuring Seagate Dashboard Features

    Hidden: If checked, hides the drive in the Seagate Dashboard user interface. For example, if you check the Hidden box for one of the your Seagate drives, the drive’s icon no longer appears at the top of the Seagate Dashboard screen, and it is not shown as a destination for backup plans.

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    Enable Protect Feature: Enables or disables the Protect (backup) feature of the Seagate Dashboard software. If you do not want to use Seagate Dashboard to back up your data, you can select Disable Protect Feature from the list box. If you disable the...

  • Page 36: Viewing The Seagate Dashboard Log

    Figure 29: Seagate Dashboard Log Tab In the Seagate Dashboard log, you can see when files were backed up, whether the backup plan completed successfully, and how much data was backed up. If Seagate Dashboard shares or saves media from your social media networks, information about when the files were transferred appears in the log.

  • Page 37: Updating The Seagate Dashboard Software

    Managing the Seagate Dashboard Software Updating the Seagate Dashboard Software Updating the Seagate Dashboard Software From time to time, Seagate updates the Seagate Dashboard software. Click the Updates tab to check for updated Seagate Dashboard software and download and install it. Figure 30:...

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    Mac 8 pausing 14 Microsoft Windows 6 Backup Plus drives 5 monthly back up 13 disabling LEDs 31 hiding in Seagate Dashboard 34 picture albums 18 performing diagnostic tests 31 power save feature 31 product features 5 – Cloud Storage service 5...

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    35 supported file types 17 Technical Support 31 social networking services 6 disabling access from Seagate Dashboard 35 uploading files 17 supported Seagate drives 5 system requirements 8 weekly back up 13 Mac 8 Microsoft Windows 8...

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  • Roger May 16, 2017 03:28:
    Why cant seagate identify their power source!!!!​!!
    Nothing on device other than a DC symbol no voltage no current and no polarity
  • Carl Nov 04, 2016 07:52:
    This is my second attemp, never got indication that it was sent. Why do you make it so difficult to download a manual
  • Coleen May 14, 2016 10:05:
    Cannot connect to drive on Mac
  • marlene mclarty Jan 04, 2016 05:42:
    cannot find how to set up my backup slim. the pages doesn't exist and I have been all over to the site up to and including the manual no set up informatio​n. this is why new equipment is something to to avoid until you can get the support in place. the device has set-up on it but it is NOT supported. If I cannot get support I will be returning this product and find one that can be used without these difficulti​es
  • Raymond buchholz Aug 07, 2015 10:16:
    I am moving from a PC to a Mac Mini and would like to move my Seagate 3 TB hd over to the mac. I have 2TB of informatio​n on the HD that will still be useful. Is there a specfic firmware i need to load where the Mac Mini will reconize the hd.