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#1 veggies

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:59 PM

Regarding an External hard drive (recently hooked up a WD MyBook 500GB)

1. If I知 ON-LINE and in background I知 transferring files from my "C" and "E" drive to the new external "F" drive. Am I exposed to someone hacking into my system and copying some of my most critical stuff, like financial or credit card data. Or is the possibility of them "hacking"" in at any time a potential problem.

2. Some of what I致e seen on the Web says that the external drive SHOULD NOT BE LEFT HOOKED UP TO YOUR COMPUTER!! It should only be used if/when you want to back-up data. I was under the assumption that it was there all the time so when you modified a file or made a new one it would back it up after SAVE or SAVE AS.

3. If I go to My Computer and EXPLORE the new "F" drive there is NO file/folder hierarchy so I can access different things. I did do an actual move of a very big My Pictures folder and can access that OK, but I see nothing else on this disc. Is it possible that I need to move the My Pictures back and do a re-install of the disc.


THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

Veggies

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by OldTimer, 21 July 2008 - 06:46 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:05 PM

What backup software are you using?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:42 PM

1. Not unless your machine is already compromised. Do you use a firewall? Are you behind a router?
2. Only if you are modifying a file already on the external drive. Unplugging the drive prevents data already on
there from being corrupted from a virus or other bad juju.
3. You need to create your file tree. You can make a new folder and name it "Pictures" then put some sub
folders in there to organize your photos, such as "vacation" "kids" "dogs" and so on. Back at the top level
of the drive you can make a "Music" folder and create sub folders for that.
Easy Peasy. It's your drive, you can do what ever you want.

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