|I have the Toshiba 1tb drive and saw that the files are .rim. So I searched around for some free backup software. I came across "FBackup". The URL is http://www.fbackup.com/ .|
This allows you to save mirror images (exact copies) of any folders from the Windows Explorer hierarchy. You just need to setup a new folder on the Toshiba, "Fbackup". Then pick the folder (s) you want to save, like C:\Users on your main drive and save to the Toshiba folder, FBackup. You can save daily, weekly, etc.
I also am using AllWay Sync, free sync software. The URL is http://www.allwaysync.com/ . This does the same thing. Just set up another folder on the Toshiba external drive, "Allway Sync". With AllWay Sync you get immediate and automatic updates to your file changes (within minutes). You can have it overwrite older file versions or preserve old versions in a special folder, in case you wish to retreive them. It has a nice interface. You can even change the skin to look like Vista, which I am using. You can select one way or bi-directional sync. With bi-directional, you can save to a removable media, like a flash drive for sync with another PC. Anyway, I can now use the Toshiba drive effectively. It is possible to get rid of the on-board virtual CD that contains the BackupSoft.exe with a download from Toshiba. But some users said that it may interfere with the drive's functionality, so I don't recommend it. You can just ignore the on-boeard software and delete the .rim files. It takes a few hours to move large folders with both Fbackup and AllWay Sync. One last note: The Toshiba 1tb drive does go to sleep a lot, so when you are working with Fbackup or AllWay Sync, be sure the drive is on. The white light needs to be lighted on the front of the drive. If it is off, just push the power button on the back twicee to turn it on.