Seagate GoFlex Home

The GoFlex Home is a device based on the Marvell Sheeva plug computer platform, and is the successor to the DockStar and sister device to the GoFlex Net. Unlike the GoFlex Net, the GoFlex Home comes with a single SATA connection used by either a 1, 2, or 3 TB hard drive that comes with the device.

Marvell Kirkwood 1.2GHz
  • These instructions will void your warranty. While every precaution is taken to ensure nothing bad happens, all actions are at your own risk.
  •, the mobile applications, and the desktop Pogoplug connector will no longer work.
  • Make sure to back up any data on the drive you plan to install on. Formatting the drive will delete any data on the drive.
  1. With only the drive you intend to install Arch Linux ARM to plugged in (all data will be erased), switch on the power.
  2. Set up a user in the device's web interface. If needed, perform a full reset by holding the reset button for at least 10 seconds.
  3. With the device on and online, SSH in to the GoFlex Home.
    1. Take note of the IP address associated with the device.
    2. Take note of the product key located on the bottom of the unit, it will be in the format XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX.
    3. Replacing USERNAME with the user you have set up in the Home's web interface, and using that user's password, SSH in:
      ssh USERNAME_hipserv2_seagateplug_XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX@GOFLEX_HOME_IP
  4. Gain root access:
    sudo -E -s
  5. Stop multiple daemons so they don't interfere with the install process (you can copy/paste):
    killall -9 mynetworkd access-patrol seagate-lifecycle oe-spd xinetd udevd httpd avahi-daemon smbd nmbd vsftpd afpd minidlna mt-daapd igd-daemon
  6. Turn off swap:
    /sbin/swapoff -a
  7. Unmount the SATA drive so it can be formatted:
    while [ `mount | grep sda1 | wc -l` -gt 0 ]; do umount -f /dev/sda1; done
  8. Verify the drive is no longer mounted by looking for /dev/sda1 in the mount list:
  9. Start fdisk to partition the SATA drive:
    /sbin/fdisk /dev/sda
  10. At the fdisk prompt, delete old partitions and create a new one:
    1. Type o. This will clear out any partitions on the drive.
    2. Type p to list partitions. There should be no partitions left.
    3. Now type n, then p for primary, 1 for the first partition on the drive, and then press ENTER, to accept the default value for the beginning of the partition and +20G for the next prompt.
    4. Create a partition for the remainder of the drive. Type n, then p for primary, 2 for the second partition on the drive, and then press ENTER to accept the rest of the default values.
    5. Exit by typing w.
  11. Create the ext3 filesystem:
    cd /tmp
    chmod +x mke2fs
    ./mke2fs -j /dev/sda1
    mkdir alarm
    mount /dev/sda1 alarm
  12. Download and install Arch Linux ARM:
    cd alarm
    chmod +x bsdtar
    ./bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz
    cd ..
    umount alarm
  13. Download the U-Boot installer
    chmod +x
  14. Run the installer to download and flash U-Boot:
  15. If successful, reboot:
  16. The GoFlex Home will now reboot into Arch Linux ARM.
    • Login as the default user alarm with the password alarm.
    • The default root password is root.
  17. Initialize the pacman keyring and populate the Arch Linux ARM package signing keys:
    pacman-key --init
    pacman-key --populate archlinuxarm

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