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My passport essential SE 1 TB is full. How do I free up space on it so I can start backing up again

I have changed the number of backups from 5 to 3 with no effect. I can still retrieve but cannot add any new documents.

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  • s zam Feb 10, 2012

    Unfortunately I can only see one backup even though I know I backed up a number of times, so am unable to follow this suggestion. My backup is about 125 Gb. My WD Passport is 1 TB yet is shows that it is full. I am starting to wonder if it is a software issue.

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If the drive is full then you have to delete stuff to free up the space.
You can remove all but the latest backup.

Posted on Feb 08, 2012

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SOURCE: Can I use my passport

You can use your WD Passport to sychronize data on multiple computers, you just need to set up the other computer name (e.g. "Work computer")using the software.

WARNING: Do not think that theyourWD Passport, using the WD Sync software, is a
backup drive; it is NOT !

As per the documentation with this device:
"synchronization software is intended to synchronize the data from a
computer to the drive (WD Passport) and SHOULD NOT be used as backup
software. To use this software properly, we advise that you do not wipe or
erase the data from the internal hard drive (computer) and resynchronize, as
this will cause the data that WD Sync stored to the Passport to be deleted."

This is why you are hearing so many people saying that they are deleting the
WD Sync software, reformatting, and using the WC Passport as a true backup
drive where you can actually see the files that you are backing up, rather
than a bunch of unrecognizable sync files that likely don't have all the files that you thought you "backed up".

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SOURCE: WD passport 320GB Can I use it as storage, not backup?

You can use it as storage if you would like. You can also delete files once they are put on the passport. When it is connected to the computer open my computer and it will be listed there. You can use it as storage by copying files into this way rather than syncing it. Syncing it could cause you to lose files.

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SOURCE: Western Digital My Passport Essential

Try plugging it into a high speed usb port, formating it with the size of your files in mind, so for instance if you have lots of big files, raise the allocation file size and visa versa, otherwise buy a faster one.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011

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SOURCE: my wd passport essential se

I would return the Western Digital Passport Essential SE back to were you purchased it. Exchange it or get your money back. It is defective sounds like.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011

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SOURCE: Problem with Accessing Western Digital WD My

Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management Then go into Disk Management. Hopefully you will see a drive with a capacity of about 480 GB (plus or minus), that's your disk.
Right click on it and select change drive letter and change the drive letter to something that isn't in use.
If that doesn't work or it doesn't show up, go into the Device Manager from the Computer Management screen and see if there is anything under disk drives with a yellow or red symbol next to it. If so, right click it, select uninstall, then unplug the disk drive and plug it back in.

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