10-15-2011 09:58 AM
I bought this *(^&*(^ thing (the 2Tb Goflex Home) to restore an older 1Tb drive to, and it has taken DAYS to partially store the recovered data. To say I am disappointed is a huge understatement!
My question is this...
Is it possible to connect the GoFlex directly to my PC using a USB cable? I know you can connect an additional external drive to the GoFlex, but I want to bypass the network entirely and connect to my PC using a USB cable for the purposes of transferring a large amount of data (+- 700Gb).
Any insight would be much appreciated.
11-20-2011 10:05 AM
I have been reading alot of threads and it would seem that answers are very slow coming. You posted on October 15th and no replay from anyone not evern support.
I am starting to not like Seagate very much at this point. I bought a 3T and it would seem that I have to read a lot to get it working straight. I have all kinds of problems and I am hesitant to post... knowing a reply may not be coming anytime soon. Much easier to read threads and go to other websites that can actually provide support.
11-20-2011 10:38 AM
I think you guys need to look ar your network settings...
I get some fantastic speeds... I done many test on my home network, even ugraded to gigabit in the whole house.
I'm cannot say enough about the great GoFlex HOme product line!
11-20-2011 10:40 AM
To by pass the nwetork connection, you need a GoFlex Desk base. You can hot swap drives... I found just the base unit in TigerDirect.CA for about 40.00 I keep the extra base unit beside my laptop... never use it thou, cuase all six 3TB drives are on-line.
11-20-2011 01:40 PM
Dj... I am new to this forum and so I am just getting started... it seems to have a lot of information for sure.
I bought my 3T a couple weeks ago and to tell you the truth it has been painful but a good learning for me on setting this device up on the network. The pain in setting up is teaching me to investigate a lot of ways and ideas.
Example... the 3T drive appears not to connect to my PC on startup. I have read many sticky but to tell you the truth.. I still have no answers and did try a lot of things.. I guess I have to keep reading.
04-13-2012 03:27 PM
It's a bit late for the original poster, but maybe this will help others who find this forum looking for answers like I did.
Connect the drive directly to your PC with the ethernet cable.
I was able to transfer a 1.2Gb file in 38 seconds this way. I read the manual and searched online and couldn't find any answers so in the end I just tried it and it works. It is very disappointing that Seagate don't tell you this. Perhaps they are worried that you will realise how poorly the drive works over the network in normal mode.
I don't see how it is the router that is the problem when transferring files between networked PC's is fast but to the Goflex home is painfuly slow.
By the way for streaming video upnp seems to work fine, but don't even bother trying to watch by opening the file remotely from explorer.
04-13-2012 05:44 PM
This device should be a simple plug, setup and play. If this is not your experience, please provide additional details so we can help resolve the issues.
Does your computer have a gigabit network card? Is your router gigabit also?
Run some real benchmarks and post the results so we can help determine if there is an issue. Post your network card(pc), router and cable specs, setup and what other devices are connected to the router that could hog bandwidth or router resources and cause the degraded performance.
06-08-2012 07:25 AM
06-08-2012 11:43 AM
I did have another issue, 500GB of data is sitting on my ext HD and when I plugged it into the Drive it didn't show my files. Still have to find out how to sort that out.
What's the filesystem of this external drive? NTFS, FAT32 and HFS are supported.
06-15-2012 12:54 AM
The 3.5 Free Agent Go Flex Network drive can be used as stand-alone USB drive (ie. direct connection to your PC via a USB cable) via the following steps:
1. Purchase a 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 or above Adapter kit ( approx.$30 US or less) from any local electronics/computer store (eg. Best Buy, Canada Computers etc)
2. Unmount the Goflex Network disk drive from the Go Flex base and connect directly to the disk drive connector using the Adapter kit supplied sata extension cable , sata to USB adapter cable, and to the sata power adapter cables.
(note: to get both adapter cables to fit into the disk drive connector port , you may have to cut back a small piece of the housing of the sata extension cable)
3. Power the adpater via AC and plug the USB end into any USB port on your desk top or laptop computer.
4. Your GoFlex Network drive should now be recognized as an external drive on your PC or HD TV for file transfer or video/movie streaming applications.
Good Luck All
06-20-2012 04:30 AM
I managed to connect my goflex home through a SATA to USB kit. Windows is recognizing the drive but asking me to format it. I have around 200GB of data on it, copied when the system was on the network. Is there anyway of not formatting the drive.
06-20-2012 04:55 AM - edited 06-20-2012 05:11 AM
don't format it.
if windows recognizes the drive run chkdsk /f to fix filesystem errors.
If it is not recognized you will need a utility to rebuild the partition table/ Try http://www.ptdd.com/ (I haven't had to use this software so I'm not recommending or endorsing it, just a suggestion)
Also it may be worth repeating - You can connect the GFH directly to your PC with the ethernet cable. You do not need to buy any adapters.
06-20-2012 10:10 AM
Thanks for the info,
tried repeating but got same result. When I checked using checkdisk it seems the data is in RAW filesystem. I tried using windows computer management. Somehow after checking the HD with this, the drive is not working well and I am getting a flashing amber light when docking the HD to the goflex base.
I am currently trying to restore the partition using DATA recovery wizard. I'll see how that goes. Plan is to recover data and if does not work will try formatting.
Any other solutions ??
06-22-2012 03:07 AM
Kenji, tried connecting GFH directly to computer - great achieving speeds of up to 30MB/s !!
So thanks for that post. Unfortunately I had to do this with another HD since the seagate one still is flashing amber, and I am still trying to recover data ! It seems that formatting might be the only solution.
06-22-2012 04:08 PM
Thanks for the reply mulvane.
I don't know why Seagate wants to keep direct ethernet connection to PC a secret. If you want to transfer a lot of data and don't want to upgrade your router to gigabit or maybe you buy a GFH by mistake or get it as a gift and don't even have a router, connecting directly works great.
When I wrote "don't format" I should have said only reformat as a last resort.
If you have been able to recover your data or you don't mind losing it then reformatting might be your best option.
06-23-2012 09:46 PM
To clarify my original post of 15-June-12. Yes, most computers, but not all, have an available ethernet port(s) to make a direct
connection to the GoFlex Home Network storage device. The help note was written specifically for hardware lacking
an Ethernet port, such as many HDTV's with USB support only and yes, even some computers. For those devices, the
SATA/USB adapter setup is one relatively low cost option that gives more connectivity options to a storage device originally designed for Ethernet connectivity only.
06-23-2012 10:04 PM
Thanks Climateman, I wasn't saying it's a bad idea, in fact in was a great tip.
But because of the way the GFH structures its files with each user account having a Personal and Backup folder it is easy to mess that up connecting through USB.
The easiest, cheapest and safest option to connect the GF drive is using the GFH base directly with ethernet.
But if you know what you are doing and are careful and you need to connect to a device that doesn't have an ethernet port then it's great to know that SATA to USB is an option.
07-19-2012 08:38 AM
Hi all - I need some help !
Some time ago I got an amber blinking light on my 2TB goflex home and lost all connection to the drive. After many attempts managed to recover my data through a usb adapter connection and recovery software. Hard is now formatted NTFS and is in perfect shape No bad sectors etc.... However when I connect it to the goflex dock it still gives an amber flashing light.
I thought the problem was the dock but when I connect another 500GB SATA to the dock I manage to connect perfectly. So it does not seem there is anything wrong with the dock.
Anyone knows if the seagate hardisk needs some special formatting ?
10-31-2012 10:21 AM
Well, where IS the support forum then? I came here via the GoFlex support page.
Hello, this is a peer-to-peer community of Seagate customers. Most of the users here are consumers like yourself who are offering solutions because they like to help others. Sometimes it can take a little bit to get a response.
03-25-2013 09:15 PM
Thank you for your post. I purchased an adapter like you suggested and I realized quickly that I wouldnt be able to do what I was trying to do. When I originally purchased the GoFlex I had assumed that the HD would allow me to use the HD to download my movies wirelessly to the HD and then connect the HD to my WDTV live via Tthe USB to watch the movies without having to stream the movies as I watch them.
Is there any way that at the same time I can use the HD both wirelessly and as an external HD via USB? I dont understand why the USB only works one way?
03-26-2013 12:10 AM
The Goflex Home is a Network storage. If you map a folder (assign a drive letter) then you can download to it wirelessly.
You can also set up your WDTV Live to play media files from the Network Storage. See Network Services in your WDTV Live Manual
Accessing Media Content from the Network
Once the media player has an active network connection, you can access media content from a NAS device or shared computer located on the same network as your media player.
You can also stream media to the WDTV Live with UPnP/DLNA, but network sharing is more reliable.
03-26-2013 12:22 AM
Thank you Kenji. I was really trying to avoid playing the media from the HD over the network, thats why I wanted someway to play it over the USB, So I didnt have to worry about any possible lag. I really dont think I'll find an easy way to do what I wanted with what I have. I'll probably just go with what you suggested by hooking up both the HD and WDTV to the network and see how well it works.Thanks again.
03-26-2013 02:51 AM
If your WDTV and the Goflex Home are connected to your router with a wired connection there shouldn't be any lag.
Other options, if the WDTV isn't near to the router are to use a wireless bridge access point or powerline adapters for ethernet through a power outlet.
05-20-2013 11:22 PM
Your advice in this thread tells me you can help me. I need to direct connect (no modem or router) my Win7 PC to my new GoFlex Home to copy files to it, so that I can later direct connect the GFH to a streaming (audio) device that also works with Ethernet/DLNA.
Following your advice I have connected the PC and GoFlex with Ethernet and in Windows Explorer under Network I can see the drive as GOFLEX_HOME (no folders) but cannot access it because a username and password is required. After many different access attempts, I am now offered a username (by PC or GFH?) which looks good but I still cannot offer a valid password.
I am a real newbie to network drives and am tempted to use the USB connection which is conveniently provided on the GFH but a) I saw your advice against that and b) don’t know how my streamer will react to an Ethernet connection to a drive that has been loaded with files via USB.
I of course did not follow Seagate’s instructions, which are for full network and no use for direct one to one use with a PC. Your advice said this method is good and easy but I have no real idea how it is done.
Any thoughts on the access issue would be appreciated or how to start again. Note – though my modem and router are busy happily running a Seagate NAS 220 (set up during my son’s visit) I don’t want to touch that Network after all the effort it took to get it to work.
05-21-2013 01:19 AM - edited 05-21-2013 01:19 AM
The username and password required to access the Goflex Home folders are what you set up for one of the Goflex Home user accounts (the same username and password that you use to access the seagateshare web app at //Goflex_home).
I found with win 7 that it wouldn't remember the credentials unless I set them up in windows Credential Manager (ticking "Reconnect at logon" didn't work).
If you map the Goflex Folders (assign a local drive letter) then they should be accessible through any software running on your PC, the same as a local drive.
If you can see the drive as GOFLEX_HOME under network then you should be able to expand that to see the 4 default folders.
Right click on one of the folders and you sould have an option to "Map Network drive"
05-21-2013 09:11 PM
My problem is I cannot "... connect your device..." (even though I am seeing the drive under Network in Windows Explorer) to be able to get to first base. Also through the Dashboard I got straight to Register but somehow missed the earlier steps of setting Name and Activate first (with login IDs and passwords). So no access to seagateshare and //Goflex_home without a password.
It now seems fairly certain that I need a crossover ethernet cable to get properly started. If so this will be a lesson for all us network newbies!
Thanks for the tip on credentials I will try that. Mapping drives I understand but this could not be done without a passsword.
I hope to have good news soon when I buy a cable.
05-22-2013 01:00 AM
I seriously doubt that a crossover cable will help. What makes you "fairly certain" that you need that?
The device is already on your network (most current interfaces are auto sensing so either type of cable will work). I have seen posts that say you need one but it is not my experience, I use a standard cable.
You haven't registered the device yet? That explains why you don't see the folders and don't have a password.
You either need to set up Internet Connection Sharing on your PC so the GFH can connect to seagate.com to complete the set up (see this thread) http://forums.seagate.com/t5/GoFlex-Net-GoFlex-Hom
do the registration on someone else's network. The registration process is a once-off.
05-23-2013 01:29 AM
OK – short story is I have it working. Here is a longer story which I will try to keep brief.
Although I went thru the Registration process ‘successfully’ there was no opportunity to set Name, Activation, user or any password(s) when directly connected, so clearly I had not completed any basic setup – as you said.
On another thread “ Seagate GoFlex Home 3TB connect without router” longbuxu described his/her method which involved firstly going thru the setup using a router/modem/Internet, then disconnecting it all and making the direct connection (strong advice was to use a crossover cable). You posted some advice immediately after his/hers without any comment so that seemed to suggest all of this approach was ‘approved’ by you.
I succumbed and successfully completed setup as per the manual by that method although there was one hiccup – the serial number that Seagate detected on my device was NOT the serial number on the box (which had been opened). The shop had two boxes both opened!!
I then disconnected from my main network and directly connected PC and GoFlex with a standard cable first then the crossover cable – both worked – as you said. The direct speed (Gigabit) was fantastic.
Why did I feel “fairly certain” that a crossover was needed? - a) lots of Internet experts said a crossover is needed between PC and PC type devices (e.g. NAS) b) my son who has worked on industrial LANs for years said the same c) you had not countered Longbuxu’s claim so I thought this is common knowledge (which I had forgotten about from years ago). QED. Your knowledge of modern devices with auto sensing cable types is obviously not generally known.
Thanks a lot - you have been most helpful.
Final note - the music files I transferred to the GoFlex are now streaming superbly into my Oppo Blue Ray player’s Network input producing the best digital sound I have ever heard – nearly as good as vinyl!
05-23-2013 02:55 AM
Glad you finally got it working.
ps the reason I didn't counter longbuxu's otherwise excellent post was that after going into some detail about crossover cables, longbuxu wrote "
"now you're confused, don't worry, grab any ethernet cable you have, if it works, it works"
05-23-2013 05:58 AM
Yes I recall that advice too - it sounded a bit cavalier, even unsure, but his/her experience with the method was convincing enough and your thoughts were in line with it so...it worked.