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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

I just purchased a couple western digital WD Elements external hard drives for backing up files on my PC and Mac, but I have a question:

If I do a backup (control panel>system maintenance>backup files on computer to external HD) of computer files to the WD external HD, will the stored files on the ext. HD be unaffected when I start deleting those files on the PC/Mac?

In other words, if I saved "x.jpg" from PC to the WD HD, and then delete "x.jpg" off the PC, the next time I run a "backup" from the control panel, will that "x.jpg" on the external HD also be deleted after the backup??

Are they synced like how an Ipod works in that if you delete or change your media library and playlists in your I-tunes, and then plug in your Ipod to your computer, it will "sync" to the present configuration of your I-tunes library. So if you deleted songs and videos or even photos from your library, and then plugged your Ipod back in, then sync it, it will update the library to reflect all those deletions previously mentioned.

Do external hard drives (or my specific model: WD elements) act this way too??

Should I be backing up files through the control panel in Windows, or should I be just copying/dragging folders and files straight to the external HD manually?
If I do it manually, will the Ext. HD behave differently in terms of being unaffected when those same files are deleted or edited on the PC?

I'm unsure of this, and don't want to start deleting a bunch of stuff after the backup only to find out that the stuff on the ext. HD will also get deleted when the next backup happens.
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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

The ext hd files will be unaffected.



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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

It depends on how you set it up.
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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

Well, what if I do an automatic backup through Windows Vista backup utility in the control panel? To my understanding, everytime this runs after the initial backup, it will scan my PC for any new or "modified" files and then back them up...

but do these "modified" files overwrite the previous files it backed up the first time?

If I backed up a photoshop file onto the WD external hard drive and then later edited the same photo, or even deleted it on my PC, will this "modified/deleted" file overwrite the backed up file on the external HD and take its place or get deleted if deleted on pc, since it has the same file name?
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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

I do ALL backups manually. The Western Digital software for backups is so slow and unintuitive I basically had no choice. I understand that some scenarios make it hard to do manually, but you will (or at least should) have better organizational skills than any computer program. Cheers!
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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

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I do ALL backups manually. The Western Digital software for backups is so slow and unintuitive I basically had no choice. I understand that some scenarios make it hard to do manually, but you will (or at least should) have better organizational skills than any computer program. Cheers!
So by manually you mean dragging and dropping the files on the Ext HD, or copying and pasting stuff?

What about when you are creating a restore point, do you need to run the windows backup utility for this instead of manual backup since it probably backs up other files I would not normally backup like .dll files?

I ran a utility backup and it took forever, but it also backed everything up in .zip files which sucks cuz you can't just simply go through folders and sub folders like on the PC to locate a file. It's all "backup file 1" "backup file 2" etc... I guess this is just a windows vista backup format thing.

So I just deleted the utility backup and just dragged and dropped files that I wanted to save which was a LOT faster, and everything is in organized folders to where I can easily find them just like on my PC.
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Re: Do external hard drives act like Ipods??

I use restore points to go back to if my pc has a problem. I manually backup files--drag/drop.



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