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Windows 7: WD External Drive Software

12 Mar 2015   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
WD External Drive Software

Is the software that comes with WD External Drives such as My Passport any good? Also, when downloading the software, is it better to just use the installer on the drive in case the latest version is incompatible or just get the installer from the WD website?


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12 Mar 2015   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi ... I have found the Software to be okay ... You are best getting the latest Version from the Manufactures Website ...
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12 Mar 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
What are you going to use the drive for data/ os ?
I've never used anything that comes with a drive ssd or hdd I just clean it and use it or what I bought it for
If for an os I've never transferred an os to either of them I just clean install especially to load an os on it
Cheers.
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12 Mar 2015   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm with Thrash, I've never used any software that came with an external drive. I just drag and drop files to it.
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12 Mar 2015   #5
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Hey ThrashZone, if you don't know already, it is an external drive. It is currently mostly for pictures. The drive utilities are mostly diagnostics for example a drive self test and reading SMART data as I don't think third party software works on external drives.
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12 Mar 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Thanks no I'm not familiar with the software you were referring to or why windows it's self couldn't do the same tasks managing the data especially for an external but that's good to have the additional info
Cheers.
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12 Mar 2015   #7
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Well, for some reason, it seems SMART data can't be read from many external drives without their own software. To be exact, it is called WD Drive Utillities.
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12 Mar 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Ha okay my definition of smart data is data I remembered to save to a external device before my internal became corrupt
Not quite the same thing I'm guessing
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12 Mar 2015   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

When I had a WD external drive (quite a few years ago), the only part of the software I actually installed and used was the spin down utility that would spin down the drive so I could eject it. Most of the time, I didn't even need it to eject the drive so I could disconnect it.
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12 Mar 2015   #10
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
When I had a WD external drive (quite a few years ago), the only part of the software I actually installed and used was the spin down utility that would spin down the drive so I could eject it. Most of the time, I didn't even need it to eject the drive so I could disconnect it.
Well, I'm now one of those people that kind of worry about SMART alerts. I think I did have it on my old computer, but I'm thinking if I actually need it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Ha okay my definition of smart data is data I remembered to save to a external device before my internal became corrupt
Not quite the same thing I'm guessing
Yes, I mean Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, not data that is smart.
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