Toolkit User Manual
Toolkit User Manual

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Getting Started with Toolkit

Toolkit helps you get the most out of your storage solution with easy-to-use tools for backing up your files, managing security, and much more. Toolkit activities and features include:

Protecting your data with automated backups. Create folders on your drive that mirror folders on your computer, so your files are always available in both places.
Optimizing your drive’s performance with just a few simple clicks. Let Toolkit format the drive in the native file system for your operating system.
Managing security for Seagate and LaCie self-encrypting drives. Use Toolkit to enable security, create a password, and rest easy knowing your data is protected with Seagate Secure AES 256-bit encryption technology.
Setting up RAID. Toolkit helps you easily configure the initial RAID level and formatting for compatible Seagate and LaCie dual-drive devices.
Quickly importing files from memory cards. Simply insert a memory card into the drive’s integrated card reader and Toolkit automatically copies your files to the drive—no need to open folders and drag files.
  Some Toolkit activities and features are available only for supported Seagate and LaCie drives. See the chapters in this user manual to learn more about the drives supported by a given activity or feature.

System requirements

Toolkit runs on Windows and Mac computers that meet the following requirements:

Windows® 7 Service Pack 1 or higher
macOS® 10.10 or higher
The Sync Plus activity requires macOS® 10.11 or higher


  The system requirements for your storage device hardware may be different.

Download and install Toolkit

Use the Start Here app on your storage drive to quickly download and install Toolkit.

  Your computer must be connected to the internet to install and run Toolkit.
  1. Using a file manager such as Finder or File Explorer, open your device and launch Start Here Win or Start Here Mac.
  2. On the Register page, enter your information and click Register.

  1. On the Download page, click the Download button.

  1. Using a file manager such as Finder or File Explorer, go to the folder where you receive downloads.
Click on the SeagateToolkit.exe file to launch the application.
Open the file. Click on the Seagate Toolkit Installer to launch the application.

 If your drive doesn’t include the Start Here app, you can download the Toolkit installer at Toolkit Support.

Open Toolkit

Open Toolkit using any of the following methods:

  • Double-click the Toolkit icon on your desktop. For easy access, you can add the Toolkit icon to your taskbar.
  • Click in the Search Windows bar and type Toolkit, then select the app.
  • Click on the Start menu and select Toolkit from the menu.
  • Click in the Spotlight bar and type Toolkit, then select the app.
  • Using Finder, open your Applications folder and double-click Toolkit.

When you open Toolkit, the Main Menu appears.

  1. Drives—Click on a drive to create and edit sync plans, manage passwords, lock your drive, and more.
  2. Activities—Click on a drive activity you’ve set up previously.
  3. More—Click on the icon to change settings, get help, or quit Toolkit.