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.