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Setup for the GoFlex Home is quite simple, and almost exactly like what you'd find on the NETGEAR Stora. The installation CD has both MacOS and Windows setup programs that work virtually identically.  You are asked to name your GoFlex Home and to provide an admin name and password.  An agent is installed that runs in the system tray, which provides direct access to the Seagate dashboard. 

Like the Stora, but unlike some other consumer NAS products, you must run the setup software and create one or more user accounts to access the device. Though the GoFlex Home has public shares, there are no unauthenticated shares on the device.

Figure 4 shows the GoFlex Home Dashboard.  In addition to partnering with Axentra for the underlying OS, Seagate also partnered with Memeo to provide backup software and, apparently, the Seagate Dashboard.  The dashboard has four sections:  Drives; How to; My Applications; and an Application store where you can purchase additional products and services.

Seagate Dashboard

Figure 4: Seagate Dashboard

Hands On

By default, GoFlex Home creates a private share for your files, a private share for your backups, and provides access to a public share for each user that you create.  There is no "super user" or admin who has full rights to all files.  Users granted administrator rights have only the ability to create other users. 

The folder view shown in Figure 5 and is accessible from the folder view icon in the Dashboard.  If they are not already mapped, GoFlex automatically maps drives X: Y: and Z: for these three shares. 

You'll also note in the enlarged view of Figure 5 that there's an additional device that appears as GOFLEX_HOME_ATM.  The "device" and its associated shares are used for Mac Time Machine Backups. (More on that later).

Folder view

Figure 5: Folder view

The GoFlex Home includes a built-in DLNA and iTunes servers.  By default, all media files placed in the "public" share are available to the DLNA and iTunes servers as well as any files / folder from private shares that are explicitly shared with the media servers.  I uploaded about 20 GB of multimedia content and it showed up automatically in iTunes on both my Mac and PC.

The most useful section of the dashboard is My Applications.  Choosing Seagate Share takes you to the web browser interface (Figure 6), which also provides access to preferences.  The home screen has been customized with a photo I selected out of one of my albums.  It's important to note that this is the exact same interface that you'll see when you log into your GoFlex Home remotely.  Other than logging out, there are only three options available from the home page:  Preferences, Share, and SeagateShare.

Seagate Share Home

Figure 6: Seagate Share Home

I think that perhaps that Seagate introduced a bit of confusion with their selection of terms.  Specifically, the difference between Shares and SeagateShare is not immediately obvious.  SeagateShare, shown in Figure 7, provides access to your private, public and backup shares as well external storage if you've plugged a disk into the GoFlex's USB port. 

On the other hand, content that you have shared with others, which can include multimedia content, directories or individual files, shows up under Shares.  It's important to note that the Shares are just pointers back to the original files/folders.  Shares do not duplicate files. 

Seagate Share landing page

Figure 7: Seagate Share landing page

If you let your mouse hover over one of the files or folders in the left pane, a small triangle appears.  If you click on the triangle, a list of possible actions appears as shown in Figure 8.  In the case below, you can open the folder, view a slide show, upload/download, add to an existing "share", create a new share, view details or make the content available to the built-in DLNA server.

Flyout list of options for the selected folder

Figure 8: Flyout list of options for the selected folder

Clicking on "Upload" lets you either manually upload content, or use Axentra's Drag N Drop control shown in Figure 9.

Drag N Drop file upload control

Figure 9: Drag N Drop file upload control
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