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#1 missmuffit47

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 08:47 AM

I have Seagate external hard drive attached to my desktop PC, I did a full hard drive backup when i got the external drive. The question I need to ask is do I have to manually backup my info or is the info updated each time the hard drive info changes as the drive is always connected to my PC?
If I need to manually back up do I need to leave my drive always connected to desktop? :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 08:50 AM

It all depends on the program used to conduct the backup...and what you programmed it to do.

The drive itself is just a storage device, like any other drive.

What software came with the drive (and which you are using)?

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:37 AM

Thanks Louis
It is a Seagate free agent 250 ex/h/drive which has Acronis software, but I think tis is only a very basic version.
Sorry if this is not enough info, but if you need more can you please let me know how I can get this, as Im not at all technically minded.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:50 AM

I just looked through some software disks have from magazines, there is Paragon 8.5,Backup4all 3.3 lite and guardian data backup all say I can automate backups. Do you think I should try one of these?

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 01:11 PM

Well...it all depends on what you want...then you look for/find a program that allows you as a user to do those things in the way that you want.

For example, I don't believe in incremental backups, preferring to backup everything at a given point in time. So, I use Drive Image 2002, which does this very well and is compatible with XP.

The problem that I have with incremental, automatic backups...what happens if there is malware on your system (undetected) during one of those...all future utility of the backup is thereby potentially questionable, if not damaging.

The only advice I can give is...find software that does what you want, the way that you want it...and employ that :thumbsup:.

Have you read the instructions for using the Acronis software which accompies your drive?

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 03:07 PM

I have the Acronis paid-for version, so I can't speak for yours. It offers you the option to schedule incremental backups whenever you want
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