When you first plug the drive in you will get the option to install the Seagate Manager software. It is the same software that comes with all FreeAgent drives. It is a nice update to the software that came with the older FreeAgent drives. On the first screen you will get a list of your connected drives, as you can see we only have the FreeAgent Go connected. If you click on the settings button you can change things like the power settings and the LED control. You can also test the drive and check for software updates.
Moving on to the backup tab, you can setup and simple or custom backup. The simple backup will just backup your My Documents folder every day at 10PM. If you go into the custom backup you can select which folders you want to backup, what types of files you want to backup, and the time and days of the week you want the backup to occur.
Syncing is sort of like a backup, but it just transfers the files from the folders you select to the drive. Once again you have a simple and custom sync. I think the reason there is both a sync and backup option is because you can only have 1 backup profile per drive.
The FreeAgent software also has an encryption option. It will first ask you to enter a password, and then it will open an encryption folder. You can drag and drop files into the folder and they will be encrypted. If you want to access the files you can also easily decrypt them.
One thing that I thought was missing from the FreeAgent Go software was the Creedo program. It was on the previous version of the drive and was a plus. It allowed you to install programs onto the drive itself so if you were working on a host machine you could still have all the necessary programs you needed.
Jul 08, 2014 0