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Windows 7: External pick?

13 Jan 2011   #11
Kipper

 

This professor must be teaching political science. Sounds like most politicians to me. LOL


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13 Jan 2011   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Just make a series of folders on your new drive:

MP3

Video

Pictures

Or whatever you want. There's no reason to use a drive for just 1 type of file. That's what folders are for.

A 320 GB drive should be able to hold about 80,000 high quality mp3 songs of typical length, and twice that many of "average" quality. Video is what really eats up space.
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13 Jan 2011   #13
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I break down my videos into 700-900MB
Do I have to make a folder for my backup on my external or will it make its self?
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13 Jan 2011   #14
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
This professor must be teaching political science. Sounds like most politicians to me. LOL

He's just my pre-cal teacher who likes computers, but has his facts wrong about my external hard drive. lol
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13 Jan 2011   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrBejar View Post
I break down my videos into 700-900MB
Do I have to make a folder for my backup on my external or will it make its self?

You would have to make folders manually--if you need them. You could use any name you wanted---"backup" or anything else. The only reason you would need a folder is to be better organized.

You might have to partition and format the external also? I'm not sure if external drives are formatted when you buy them. If it is formatted, it is ready to use.

Plug it in and then look in Windows Explorer and see if you see it. If you don't, you may have to go to Windows Disk Management and assign a drive letter to it.
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13 Jan 2011   #16
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You would have to make folders manually--if you need them. You could use any name you wanted---"backup" or anything else. The only reason you would need a folder is to be better organized.

You might have to partition and format the external also? I'm not sure if external drives are formatted when you buy them. If it is formatted, it is ready to use.

Plug it in and then look in Windows Explorer and see if you see it. If you don't, you may have to go to Windows Disk Management and assign a drive letter to it.[/QUOTE]


It's a new drive so I'm sure it's already formated. it's coming in on tue.
Yeah, of course I'll have everything organized.

I check on backing up my hard drive and it said 100G, is there some other way to backup what is usefull?
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13 Jan 2011   #17
thehappyman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrBejar View Post
Hey everyone!
Today in class I asked my teacher a question about my external drive coming in the mail. I told him if i can backup and save other files like music. My teacher said you can only pick one.

Is that true?
I can only pick to back up and can't save music?
I'm new at this external hard drive think, can someone explain what I can really use it for?
Don't want 320G to go to waste.
And this happened in the United States ???? My god, what is the world coming too, If I were you I wouldn't go back to that "school"
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13 Jan 2011   #18
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrBejar View Post

I check on backing up my hard drive and it said 100G, is there some other way to backup what is usefull?
I'm not sure I follow you.

If you mean that you currently have 100 G of stuff on your current drive, it's up to you to decide how much of that you want to back up.

You could back up just Windows itself (usually done by making an image).

Or you could back up just your own personal files (mp3s, email, videos, pictures, etc). This could be done by making an image, by just copying with the mouse, or by using a program designed to automate the procedure. I'd advise you not to use the image method to back up your personal files. Or at least not to rely on an image as a backup of your personal files.

Or you could back up both Windows and your personal files.
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14 Jan 2011   #19
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

how do I do this "image disk'? and how does it work in case of a super nasty virus hits me or something happens?
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14 Jan 2011   #20
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thehappyman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrBejar View Post
Hey everyone!
Today in class I asked my teacher a question about my external drive coming in the mail. I told him if i can backup and save other files like music. My teacher said you can only pick one.

Is that true?
I can only pick to back up and can't save music?
I'm new at this external hard drive think, can someone explain what I can really use it for?
Don't want 320G to go to waste.
And this happened in the United States ???? My god, what is the world coming too, If I were you I wouldn't go back to that "school"

Yeah this happened in the US
I saw him today, of course and I didn't tell him that he should go back to school and learn to get his facts right. lol
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