It seems the backup drive issue is finally solved. The solution? I went and bought a new interface for the drive taking it from Firewire 800 to thunderbolt. It’s $200 solution, but it’s a solution.
So why does this matter? Well, if any of you are having issues with a Seagate GoFlex drive on your Mac this pertains to you. I’m not going to get into a technical breakdown of the why, but basically there is a problem with the drive (specifically the Seagate GoFlex 3TB usb and firewire versions) and the latest OSX. There are no software updates as of this post and since the problem has gone unaddressed for at least 6 months, I don’t believe there will be. Time Machine just flat out doesn’t work with this drive out of the box. I’ve tried everything and the drive just doesn’t work properly with it’s stock configuration. My last effort outside of switching manufacturers (and losing a terabyte of storage space) was to take advantage of the interchangeable bases on this drive and upgrade it to a thunderbolt base. It’s not an ideal situation but the upside is that the transfer speed of the drive is increased with the new base.
I’m going to give it a few days of testing to make sure it’s solid now, but the outlook is good.
See you tomorrow,