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How would I set up WD Passport as a permanent back up for my lap top? How do I erase the Passport from a previous transfer of info or does it automatically erase itself after a data transfer?

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No it will never erase automatically ether erasing by data. some recovery software can recover it very easily. best way is to use 3 party software or replace your laptop hdd.

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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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As far as I remember WD just copies the software into the PassPort drives and you don't have to install anything you can just run the software from the drive. If that is still the case then first take a backup of that software (basically copy that software folder to some place in your internal drives) then format the drive (make sure you select NTFS as the file system for the drive when formatting).
Formatting will erase all the files in the drive so make sure you have backup of you personal files also.
Formatting also resets the drive back to factory setting (if you want the WD software back then just copy it from the backup to the PassPort drive).

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Hi: That portable hard drive is USB 2.0 is the port on the laptop USB 2.0 can you use a memory stick to transfer files from the one lap top to the other lap top then on to the external drive.

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I need to know how to reformat my passport for mac.


go to spotlight, the magnify glass at the top right corner
type in disk utility
select it
from there select the WD hard drive
go to erase tab
choose mac extended journal
click format to erase and format the disk for MAC.
Please note this will make the hard drive viewable for MAC devices only.
if you wish to use it on MAC or PC use FAT as the filesystem format.

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Hi and welcome khaksh ,
Connect your passport to your lap .
Let your antivirus full scan the content of it .
Complete the scan with MalwareBytes , a powerfull malware killer :
http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
To completely finish the job , have the content of your lap fully scanned by both applications .
When you are shure both pc and passport are virus free , try accessing locked files as administrator .
I hope this will help you .
Best regards ,

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Try hitting enter, Windows should automatically recognize it as an external drive and install driver.
click on "my computer" and the new drive should be there.

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In the end, I assigned a different drive letter to the device and it worked.

There's a lot of info out there on how to assign a letter. Here's one link:

http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/change-windows-drive-letters-167525.php

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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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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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