Windows 10: Can anyone help me with some info about a WD Elements please?

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  1. RonBin79's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #1

    Can anyone help me with some info about a WD Elements please?


    I have a WD Elements external drive which I use for back ups. I am trying to discover how to reset it so as to clear out all the old back up's and make space for new one's. Unfortunately I have lost the user manual.
    Any help will be very much appreciated.
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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #2

    RonBin79 said: View Post
    I have a WD Elements external drive which I use for back ups. I am trying to discover how to reset it so as to clear out all the old back up's and make space for new one's. Unfortunately I have lost the user manual.
    Any help will be very much appreciated.
    First, more info , please...

    How are you making the backups?

    What is the model number of the WD drive?
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  3. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #3

    @RonBin79

    Ron here is a link to WD User Manuals. Just download the one for your model. Post back if you need help.

    TC

    Western Digital User Manuals Download - ManualsLib
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  4. RonBin79's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #4

    WD Elements Help


    Hi Dick, thank you very much for your reply. Trouble is I do not know which model I have. All it says is WD elements? I have the serial number and a P?N number but that's all. Any idea which manual I would need please are does one manual suite all please??
    Cheers.
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       25 Jun 2018 #5

    RonBin79 said: View Post
    I have a WD Elements external drive which I use for back ups. I am trying to discover how to reset it so as to clear out all the old back up's and make space for new one's. Unfortunately I have lost the user manual.
    Any help will be very much appreciated.
    I am now using a Seagate external drive for system image backup, but I used to have a WD.
    I am wondering what if you....
    Connect your WD > go to My PC > right click at the WD drive > Open.....
    Would you see your backup folder ?
    If yes, right click to it > click Delete.

    That's what I did to delete the folder when the computer from which the backup was created was no longer in use.
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       25 Jun 2018 #6

    @RonBin79, what are you using to make your backups? Windows own 'Backup & Restore (Windows 7)?
    If so, it has an option to manage the space being used.

    Manage Space for Windows Backup in Windows 10

    Or are you using the external drive as a File History folder? If so, you can manage how long the backups are kept for.

    Change how Long to Keep File History in Windows 10

    Other backup solutions should have similar options.
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  7. RonBin79's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #7

    WD Elements


    Hi Dick again,

    Thank you for your advice, it worked!! so far I have got rid of 96,800 items with still more to go!!! Whats the Seagate like, any good please??
    Cheers,

    Ron
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       25 Jun 2018 #8

    RonBin79 said: View Post
    Hi Dick again,

    Thank you for your advice, it worked!! so far I have got rid of 96,800 items with still more to go!!! Whats the Seagate like, any good please??
    Cheers,

    Ron
    Seagate makes excellent external drives. I have 6-7 of them and some are 3-4 years old and still humming with never an error. They seem to have higher-end controllers and are faster than WD, least here.
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  9. RonBin79's Avatar
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       25 Jun 2018 #9

    WD Elements help


    Thanks for that Dick. I have deleted over 96 files and the drive is now empty. How do I start it taking back ups again pleae? I see the white light is continually on so can I assume it is now taking in a back up??
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       25 Jun 2018 #10

    RonBin79 said: View Post
    Thanks for that Dick. I have deleted over 96 files and the drive is now empty. How do I start it taking back ups again pleae? I see the white light is continually on so can I assume it is now taking in a back up??
    What software or procedure are you using to create your backups? Is it software that came with the WD drive, or Windows Backup or some other app? This is important.
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