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  1.    07 Feb 2018 #1

    External hard drive . I need advice


    I just bought an external hard drive and it has their software . So my question is should I use their software or use what I already have on my computer .
    what happens if I clean that drive of all software or do I have to learn all that stuff from the drive manufacture?
    and what last question which program is best for backups and image O S ?
    thank you for all answers
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  2.    07 Feb 2018 #2

    All great questions: We need more information on the external HDD....like the brand/make/model number. Or a link to the actual drive itself. Also what is the drive going to be used for.
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  3. Posts : 617
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       07 Feb 2018 #3

    I have 2 external drives 1 is a western digital 1 gig and the other is a 4 gig Seagate, The software on both of them did not interest me so I got rid of it.
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  4.    07 Feb 2018 #4

    Plankton said: View Post
    All great questions: We need more information on the external HDD....like the brand/make/model number. Or a link to the actual drive itself. Also what is the drive going to be used for.
    sorry about that I was reluctant to name the brand .
    It's a western digital My passeport Ultra 2 Tb
    I plan to use it to store pics and family videos and backup and image my 2 laptop windows 10 systems 1 a Toshiba 32 and a more recent Dell 64 system
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.371)
       07 Feb 2018 #5

    For what it's worth I have 2 WD 2TB Element models. Both are used bot "Backup" and storage. Deleted the software off both and haven't looked back. I did reformat one of them.
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  6.    07 Feb 2018 #6

    sml156 said: View Post
    I have 2 external drives 1 is a western digital 1 gig and the other is a 4 gig Seagate, The software on both of them did not interest me so I got rid of it.
    So you can wipe out everything on the drive without any issues?
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  7. Posts : 577
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.371)
       07 Feb 2018 #7

    I've done it twice and NO issues.
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  •    07 Feb 2018 #8

    CWGilley said: View Post
    For what it's worth I have 2 WD 2TB Element models. Both are used bot "Backup" and storage. Deleted the software off both and haven't looked back. I did reformat one of them.
    thank you that's what I want to know .
    I don't like to use different software to do the same job it takes space . that's my point
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       08 Feb 2018 #9

    vicf1 said: View Post
    I just bought an external hard drive and it has their software . So my question is should I use their software or use what I already have on my computer .
    what happens if I clean that drive of all software or do I have to learn all that stuff from the drive manufacture?
    and what last question which program is best for backups and image O S ?
    thank you for all answers
    Many people on the forum like me use the excellent program Macrium Reflect Free. There is also a paid for version if you need more features.
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  •    08 Feb 2018 #10

    Steve C said: View Post
    Many people on the forum like me use the excellent program Macrium Reflect Free. There is also a paid for version if you need more features.
    thank you all
    I'll do that
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