Solved external hard drive storage file backup compatibility

January 22, 2018 at 13:49:57
Specs: Windows 10
can I use both windows and Nero backup to transfer files to the drive? Or is one just necessary? I do not require double storage on the external drive

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#1
January 22, 2018 at 14:14:54
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Do you mean copy files/folders as such to an external drive; or do you mean an actual backup approach - which is not the same?

Personally I'd use a simple copy files/folders routine (from within Windows) as that way the files/folders are readily accessible by any compatible OS. A true backup is code and not as easily accessed by an OS...; either you use the utility (Nero in this case) or windows backup utility.

Keep it simple and go a simple (windows) copy routine...

And use ntfs as the file format on the external drive.

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#2
January 22, 2018 at 14:50:48
Thank you. Should I disable Nero interface with the external drive; that was the software that was included with the drive

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#3
January 22, 2018 at 15:02:46
A lot of encased external drives come with bundled backup software. I simply ignore it and use the standard copy from within windows. I don't recall ever disabling whatever it was that came with a Maxtor/Seagate way back when. And when the case (actually the usb based psu within it) died I didn't notice any difference when I replaced the case...

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#4
January 22, 2018 at 20:39:07
If you delete partitions on the external drive, create a new partition and format it to NTFS then the included software should be gone as well. If it installed on your system then uninstall it.
I use Windows back up, if you end up reinstalling with a new internal hard drive on your system the new installation can access the back up to restore it, you do not need to reinstall any other back up software and you do not need to worry about the company not being there to download it from again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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