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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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So, I got one for Christmas. It came with a program to back up all the file types that I select. So, that is done and it took 27 GB on the new ext hard drive. How do I completely move files off my laptop and onto the new hard drive? Is this a bad idea? I would like to move all my mp3's, and my Zune software off my laptop in order to free up space. Can this be done? Please advise me on the best way to put this hard drive to use. Thanks!
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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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I use mine for music pictures, and old school work.

Just send the files over to the external drive, make sure that they are there, and delete them off you laptop.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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Just send the files over to the external drive, make sure that they are there, and delete them off you laptop.
That is what I was concerned about. The software that it has is supposed to add/delete files as I do the same from my computer. So if I delete something, it should delete it off the external drive too.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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Don't move the program to your external, just move all the files that you can do without when its not plugged in.. I have like movies, and music on mine. But programs will not work right if you install them on a removable drive.
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for personal stuff I haven't found a need to run any "back up software" included with my western digital portable hdd. I just manually drag-n-drop like using a usb thumb drive.

from what I have seen - most retail/commercially available portable/external hard drives show up as an extra drive letter to the OS and can go this route.

for that matter, it's been a shiton of time since I used a backup utility/application so it's hard for me to comment on that, other than most have various methods that they accomplish the task (e.g. differential, full, etc) could always read the doc's that came with the app....
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It came with virtually no directions. Just the software that came up when I plugged it in. It already shows up as an additional drive (f:). Should I not use the backup program that came with it? I like the idea of having music and photos backed up when I put them on my computer, but freeing up space on my laptop would be ideal.
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how about a link to a good external hard drive to buy
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It came with virtually no directions. Just the software that came up when I plugged it in. It already shows up as an additional drive (f:). Should I not use the backup program that came with it? I like the idea of having music and photos backed up when I put them on my computer, but freeing up space on my laptop would be ideal.
I have always despised any auto-run feature and honestly don't know if my western digital came with the backup utility or not. I simply rail on the esc key, and/or hit "cancel" when it attempt to auto-run and there very may well be a back-up utility software on there that is trying to run when I kill it.

I have had/used 3 different types of external hard drives for temporary to long term backup/moving of mass quantities of data and have never had an issue with the manual drag-n-drop.

whether that works for you in terms of remembering to move/copy a file only you can say.

if it were really important/work type of data which is what I'd wager most people use an app. like that for then I would hope they wouldn't be using a usb device, but instead an attached networked device in conjunction with RAID Arrays, and a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

just remember, the portable hard drives can/do fail as well. for archival purposes for family heirloom types of data (photographs/digital vidoe) etc. and/or truly important stuff continue to use other back-up methods as well - burning to optical disc/dvd, or uploading to an off-site service/account such as a gmail account as but an example.

If I lost all of the music/movies I have ever backed up from optical - simultaneously off of all 3 hard drives it would not nearly be as traumatic a consequence as if I lost the sole source of baby pictures of my kids as an example. (e.g. my wife would literally kill me)
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Old December 26th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #9
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how about a link to a good external hard drive to buy
www.deals2buy.com - pretty much every single week there are 1-3 posted as deals.

If it's just an external drive, and you don't intend to move it often, then you can also just go the typically cheaper route of an external enclosure and toss in a quality HDD from your favorite vendor.

www.newegg.com should have both of the above options as well - deals2buy.com just typically has 'em featured at least once per week from one vendor or another
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Old December 26th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #10
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This is the one my wife got me.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....#productdetail
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... Are you wanting to back up the entire system, or just the data?
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You'll have to make the decision as to whether you want to back up files, or move files to the external drive yourself. Rule of thumb is if it's easy to reproduce (i.e. you can re-download it) it's okay to just move it to the drive to free up space on your system. If it's important data, like important photos, the more copies you have on different media (Hard Drive, CD, online, etc...) the better. The backup software can easily facilitate copying to your new hard drive.

I will disagree with Mr Beefy though, you CAN move your entire music collection to the external hard drive, you just have to be conscientious not to start up your music library application if the drive isn't connected. I've done this with iTunes, works just fine.

edit: misread what beefy meant. Yea, you probably don't want to run the application off the drive, in general. But it's fine to keep the music library there.

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if you install a program on the external, it should run without fail if the drive is connected. I have done this plenty in the past on my smaller drive machines.
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I would like to move all my mp3's, and my Zune software off my laptop in order to free up space. Can this be done? Please advise me on the best way to put this hard drive to use. Thanks!

I would back up mp3's to a cd, or dvd if you have several gig's worth. Make a couple copies, plastic's cheap.

I think you would need to leave your Zune software on your laptop, it's usually written to look on the C: drive anyway. If you remove it, your laptop may not be able to "find" the Zune.

I use external drives to backup photo and video files until I have time to burn em to DVD.

And personally, I don't trust any software that claims to DELETE files automatically...
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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:21 AM   #15
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So, I should probably ditch the automatic back-up program. How do I back-up to a cd? I've never done it. What is the easiest way? How many cd's will it take to hold 5000 songs?
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I have the same problem, I have 7 gigs of music on my computer in wav format, and need to go to MP3 to save space. I also have 8-9 gigs of pics I want to get off the computer to back up but that will take a crap load of disks.
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I have the same problem, I have 7 gigs of music on my computer in wav format, and need to go to MP3 to save space. I also have 8-9 gigs of pics I want to get off the computer to back up but that will take a crap load of disks.
Yeah, I've probably got more than that. Most of the music on mine was ripped from cd's.
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It can be done with Windows Media Player, but I don't use it much...I use K3B to rip and burn in linux.
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I use Nero to burn DVD's the style I have gives me the option to burn Data DVD's which has LOTS more storage.

I would say if you want to back them up use some type of Nero software to burn all your stuff to DVD then copy everything to the new external and that will free up some space off your PC.
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