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Hi, how do you go through the process of backing up pictures and documents on your c drive to my external my book hard drive? thanks, larry

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  • lwaldorf Jan 10, 2009

    windows vista 32 bit home premium edition. thankyou

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You can use either the backup and restore utility in Windows, which will back up your entire drive (only do this if you external hard drive is larger than your internal one).

However, if you wish to only back up certain things, you can use a free utility such as SyncBack (which is what I use). In this you can choose certain directories to backup, and set up a schedule for backup.

The backup and restore utility can be found by searching for "backup" when you open up the start menu. SyncBack can be found here: http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html. The free version is towards the bottom, named Syncback Freeware. The freeware version is plenty for backing up.

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Toshiba backup software


im assuming you want to back up your laptop

Determine how much space you'll need to back up your Toshiba laptop's hard drive.

If you are intending to back up your entire hard drive, or have a lot of video and music files you want to save, you'll likely need an external hard drive.


On the other hand, if you only want to back up your most important documents, a USB drive should suffice.

Separate your video, music, pictures, games and documents into separate folders.


Right-click each folder and then click "Properties." Do this for your C: drive, too.

Locate the "Size" or "Capacity" section on the "General" tab.


The number to the right indicates how large the folder is, with all the files included.

This information should give you an idea of what kind of secondary storage system you'll require. If you're looking at over 100GB of storage space needed, you'll probably want an external hard drive.


Purchase an appropriate drive that includes backup utilities.

Some external drives and USB drives come with backup software.


Once you install and configure the software, all you have to do is press a button--either on the drive itself or on your computer's desktop or taskbar--to start the backup process.


Schedule your drive's utility software to back up your Toshiba laptop files once a month.

Your USB or external drive should be plugged into the laptop on the scheduled backup dates.


Store your most important files on an online storage facility, such as Mozy, DropBox or Toshiba Online Backup.

In case anything causes damage to both your laptop hard drive and your spare drive, you will still be able to access the files online.



http://download.cnet.com/macrium-reflect-free/3000-2242_4-10845728.html


Backing up your computer shouldn't be a tedious task. Macrium Reflect Free Edition makes file backup incredibly easy thanks to its intuitive user interface and helpful wizards.

bonus its free

hope this helps

Oct 03, 2012 | Toshiba Hard Drives

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Toshiba backup software


Determine how much space you'll need to back up your Toshiba laptop's hard drive.

If you are intending to back up your entire hard drive, or have a lot of video and music files you want to save, you'll likely need an external hard drive.


On the other hand, if you only want to back up your most important documents, a USB drive should suffice.

Separate your video, music, pictures, games and documents into separate folders.


Right-click each folder and then click "Properties." Do this for your C: drive, too.

Locate the "Size" or "Capacity" section on the "General" tab.


The number to the right indicates how large the folder is, with all the files included.

This information should give you an idea of what kind of secondary storage system you'll require. If you're looking at over 100GB of storage space needed, you'll probably want an external hard drive.


Purchase an appropriate drive that includes backup utilities.

Some external drives and USB drives come with backup software.


Once you install and configure the software, all you have to do is press a button--either on the drive itself or on your computer's desktop or taskbar--to start the backup process.


Schedule your drive's utility software to back up your Toshiba laptop files once a month.

Your USB or external drive should be plugged into the laptop on the scheduled backup dates.


Store your most important files on an online storage facility, such as Mozy, DropBox or Toshiba Online Backup.

In case anything causes damage to both your laptop hard drive and your spare drive, you will still be able to access the files online.



http://download.cnet.com/macrium-reflect-free/3000-2242_4-10845728.html


Backing up your computer shouldn't be a tedious task. Macrium Reflect Free Edition makes file backup incredibly easy thanks to its intuitive user interface and helpful wizards.

bonus its free

hope this helps

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I've had my external hard drive My Book Essential for a while now and had no problems with it until now. I would usually plug it in and the pop up screens would ask what you would like to do like...


The fact that it displays a '0% used' indicator probably means that somehow the data that you have hitherto stored on your external hard drive has been erased. This might not necessarily be the case, so don't panic yet.

The first thing I would try doing is reinstalling any software that came with your WD My Book. Not many external HDDs require additional software to run properly, but if yours does, then I strongly recommend reinstalling that first. I would then try using Windows Disk Manager to see if your computer is recognizing the G: drive as a hard drive, because I have had to use disk manager when I've added additional internal hard drives to my computer. If neither of these work [or you could not find the CD your My Book came with] I would search around online for driver or software updates available for your device.

One thing that I noticed while typing my suggestion for you is that before you attempting using the back up feature on your My Book, the drive for the My Book was (G:) but after you attempted the back up process the drive is indicated as (H:). I think that what might have happened was that when you attempted backing up the My Book, it was partitioned into a storage section (G:) and a section in which the backup data is stored (H:). If you can find and access it, the (G:) drive is likely to still contain all the data that you previously assigned to it.

If this doesn't help, I apologize, but I sincerely hope that your problem will be resolved.

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I recently bought a 1.5 terabyte My Book Essential external hard drive. I am trying to copy files from one external hard drive to another with the help of my MAC laptop iBook G4). The laptop detects...


I would suggest copying the data to your My Book as an interim step before copying to the second drive. Copying directly from one removable media device to another will necessarily move the data to your computer temporarily anyway, so there is no disadvantage to simply using your My Book as a middleman in the process.

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Dell inspiron 6000 laptop restore to fACTORY SETTINGS WAND TO DOWNLOAD A RESTORE


If you have the restore CD that came with it, then pop that in and it will walk you through the process, If not, then I know that those laptops are a few years old...follow this:

Dell created its own utility program for Windows Vista. Restoring to factory settings will reinstall Windows, Dell proprietary utilities and drivers, other third party drivers and all default settings. jQuery('.intro .thumbnail').each(function(i,e){ jQuery(e).find('img').one('error',function(){ jQuery(e).remove(); }); });

To Restore Windows XP:

Step 1: Back up all of your data. Typical items to consider when backing up are: email, address book, personal documents, pictures, music, favorites and desktop items.
Step 2: Remove all external peripheral devices, including USB-connected devices.
Step 3: Turn on the computer. If the computer is already on, reboot it. Step 4: Press and hold the "Ctrl" and "F11" keys simultaneously when the Dell splash screen appears. The Dell PC Restore by Symantec" window will appear. Click "Restore."Step 5: Click "Confirm" at the warning message stating that all data will be lost. A "Progress" window will appear. Once the installation process has finished the message, "The system recovery process was successful" will appear.
Step 6: Click "Finish."



To Restore Windows Vista

Step 1
    Back up all of your data. Typical items to consider when backing up are: email, address book, personal documents, pictures, music, favorites and desktop items.
    Step 2: Remove all external peripheral devices, including USB-connected devices. Step 3 : Turn on the computer. If the computer is already on, reboot it. Step 4: Press the "F8" key when the computer starts. If you see the Windows logo then you were not successful in entering the "Advanced Boot Menu." You will have to try again. If you are successful then you will see the "Advanced Boot Menu." Step 5: Select the "Repair Your Computer" option and press the "Enter" key. Step 6: Select the language you would prefer and click the "Next" button. Step 7: Log in and press "OK." You do have to have administrative access to perform this action. Only administrators are able to restore the computer to factory settings. Step 8: Click "Dell Factory Image Restore." The "Dell Factory Image Restore" window will appear. Click "Next." Step 9: Click the check box that states, "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system to factory condition." Click the "Next" button. Step 10: Click "Finish," when the restore has finished.

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Safety Drill using the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini


The safety drill ONLY copies documents and email stuff. So the restoration process would only put back all the documents (and pictures) and email info. It should not interfere with the rest of your computer setup at all.

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Happy New Year. I just purchased a Western Digital My Book Essential 750 GB/GO - my computer recognizes it however I do not know how to use it. How do I store items such as pictures or documents in it???...


One method:
START - MY COMPUTER It should now be listed  Open drive. copy file desiring to save, paste into drive.   another method : working on file. Save as (change drive name to ethe new installed drive. 

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Can't access data on my external hard drive


thanks, Larry....ok..the clicking sound, unfortunately, means that your hard drive is going to start a failure mode. usually means that the head is 'nicking' the surface of the drive.

so, data recovery might be your only option at this point, and that's a specialized field.

this is caused, by either shock, vibration, or power spikes, or a combination of them.

Hope that helps you..you might wish to consider this backup, whether you recover from this or note.

click here for that back up option

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