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Windows 7: Western Digital 500G My Book Essential

09 Sep 2010   #1
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Western Digital 500G My Book Essential

I never used a external storage device so please bear with me. I just installed this device and had no problems with the downloads. It went thru the gyrations and made a backup of the C & D drives I hope!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that it is installed and a icon is on the task bar i opened it the program and it the screen appears and indicates each catagory and the amount of space used. Am I to assume the backup was successful???????????? In addition, when I sign off the laptop the light on the device remains lit. Is this correct

Thanks


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09 Sep 2010   #2
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I would say the backup was successful. You can look at the contents of the drive using Windows Explorer - which is what I think you are referring to. The drive will stay on (the light will be on) as long as you have the drive plugged in. I also use a WD My Book for my system images and backups. I usually disconnect mine from the USB port and unplug from the power it when I am not actually using it.
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09 Sep 2010   #3
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I would say the backup was successful. You can look at the contents of the drive using Windows Explorer - which is what I think you are referring to. The drive will stay on (the light will be on) as long as you have the drive plugged in. I also use a WD My Book for my system images and backups. I usually disconnect mine from the USB port and unplug from the power it when I am not actually using it.


OK Thanks

Is it advisable to unplug this because I just shut down the laptop and let it plugged in
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09 Sep 2010   #4
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

as long as the drive-LEDs are lit, your "My Book" is on. if you only use it for Images/backups, I would rather unplug it and store it in a safe location. Mine automatically boot up/shut down with my desktop, so I leave them be.


-DG
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10 Sep 2010   #5
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
as long as the drive-LEDs are lit, your "My Book" is on. if you only use it for Images/backups, I would rather unplug it and store it in a safe location. Mine automatically boot up/shut down with my desktop, so I leave them be.


-DG
Thanks

I like your approach so that is what I will do
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10 Sep 2010   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

My approach is similar - my external drives are usually unplugged unless I am actually using them. By unplugged I mean that I turn them off - some of them have a power button - and subsequently actually unplug from the power outlet. As far as my desktop, I don't bother unplugging them from the PC, but without power they don't work (I am not using those that use USB power from the PC, in this case I would have to unplug the USB connection).

As far as the backup, I think yours went just fine. My own practice is slightly different - I never use any software that is supplied with the drive, thus no installation is necessary, I simply plug it in (I prefer eSATA for speed, but USB is fine as well) and then manually copy whatever folders I want to back up. To me this is simpler. Other people prefer the automation.

But in any case, it looks like you have a grip on your drive now.
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10 Sep 2010   #7
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
My approach is similar - my external drives are usually unplugged unless I am actually using them. By unplugged I mean that I turn them off - some of them have a power button - and subsequently actually unplug from the power outlet. As far as my desktop, I don't bother unplugging them from the PC, but without power they don't work (I am not using those that use USB power from the PC, in this case I would have to unplug the USB connection).

As far as the backup, I think yours went just fine. My own practice is slightly different - I never use any software that is supplied with the drive, thus no installation is necessary, I simply plug it in (I prefer eSATA for speed, but USB is fine as well) and then manually copy whatever folders I want to back up. To me this is simpler. Other people prefer the automation.

But in any case, it looks like you have a grip on your drive now.
OK

Case closed folks
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