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Windows 7: Automatic Backup


17 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Automatic Backup

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I want to buy an external hard drive to store all my photos. Looking at the specs, they all seem to mention some kind of automatic backup. Is this something I can disable? I really dislike all these "automatic" things, especially in WIN 7 where it puts things in Libraries. Yes, I know it's a wonderful new feature - to me that's just so much BS. I want to put things where I want them, not where WIN 7 wants them.
Anyway, what are the ramifications of this "automatic backup" thing?


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17 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Dick.


I really dislike Libraries also, they're a PITA to me, I too want things where I want them.


Nothing with HDDs is 'automatic' it has to be setup and if you don't do so it won't.
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17 Jul 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Personal View.
I avoid any HDD that comes with "inbuilt" backup capabilities. They generally cause more trouble than they are worth, they are proprietory, and you pay more.
I stick to "bare bones" drives with only the software/firmware to make it function as a HDD.
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17 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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17 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Personal View.
I avoid any HDD that comes with "inbuilt" backup capabilities. They generally cause more trouble than they are worth, they are proprietory, and you pay more.
I stick to "bare bones" drives with only the software/firmware to make it function as a HDD.
BAREFOOT: Thanks, I hoped that was the case.

MJF: Now I'm worried again. All the ones I've looked at seem to have some kind of auto. backup. How do I find one without it?
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17 Jul 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

[QUOTE=Dick H;1494942]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
MJF: Now I'm worried again. All the ones I've looked at seem to have some kind of auto. backup. How do I find one without it?
I wouldn't worry - most of the HDD manufacturers seem to to be going this way to get extra $ out of you.
I stick with WD Elements range or the Seagate equivalent if a special is running.
Otherwise you can buy the basic disk and Case and probably get better cooling.
Another option is a docking station (not really portable!)
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17 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you don't want to use the auto backup software just remove it and use the drive as a standard external drive.

I've got a 1 TB Hitachi external drive and it's backup software was awful, so I just gave the drive a quick format and I now use Windows 7's backup software.
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20 Jul 2011   #8
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I never used the Seagate backup software that came with my HDD. I didn't uninstall it though. I use Windows backup.
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20 Jul 2011   #9

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Well, WD external HDD's such as the My Passport series, what they do is add the WD Smartware backup software (really crappy) not as a regular exe that can be deleted or formatted and gone, but in some kind of virtual disk if I can remember correctly. You have to use the command prompt to remove that stuff, its pretty annoying...
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