As we had a PC disaster a few months ago, I am sensitive about keeping back-ups. Fortunately I am fairly conscientious about this & was also able to rescue the hard drive.
I am looking for a 1TB portable hard drive with the right type of s/w included with the device. I don't feel I should have to buy s/w separately?
I bought & returned to John Lewis a Toshiba because it did not do an incremental back-up of files. If you need 1 TB, you have a lot of . The back-up started from the beginning each time & took over 5 hours.
I've looked at a WD one but that does not do a complete system back-up.
Ideally I'd like to do a full back-up once in a blue moon & an incremental one about once a month (or more often after, say, a holiday). I don't keep a back-up permanently attached but in a fire proof box in another part of the house.
My old back-up drive met these requirements but is getting too small. It only does full system back-ups under Windows 8 (was incremental under 7).
I'd be grateful for suggestions as I find the product descriptions on Amazon or PC World rather vague (hence the Toshiba mistake).
I bought a WD backup. The s/w with this was also poor - no system backup & it didn't backup my husband's data (we have separate accounts) - this was a problem with the Toshiba s/w too but at least you could override it.
The 'Erase' that came with the WD s/w didn't work either. How can they sell such rubbish.
I deleted the files manually & am using Windows 7 File Recovery which still comes in a rather hidden way with Windows 8. In spite of the misleading name, it backs up exacting as I wanted it with a system backup & incremental file backup for ALL users.