I take a lot of photos and want to back them up safely. I was thinking of getting an external USB Hard Drive. I have never had one before, How do they transfer data from your main PC Drive to the external drive? Is it just a question of drag and drop? Ant info would be gratefully received.
i have a western digital mybook external hard drive i have three ways to backup 1. drag and drop using windows 2. the software supplied with the mybook which i found east to use 3. i have true image back up software
both of the progams i have will let you backup everything or just folders that you can pick
Exactly the same as malgall. I have two external drives, both western digital - 160GB and a newer 500gb My Book. The latter is excellent and I bought thriugh Amaazon. Always buy a larger capacity than you thik you need.
It is always good to backup important items, but you should remember that even external hard drives can fail. If you intend to use both the drive in your PC and the external then you have a level of safety. However, CDs are inexpensive storage media and have no moving parts!!! I use them in addition to HDDs because they can be copied easily and cheaply and stored securely; PCs and external HDDs are more susceptible to theft and damage and are harder to `lock away`.
I bought a usb WD Mybook 250 gb for less than £60, free delivery, Amazon.
I use Acronis TrueImage 10 to back up the entire pc to it every week, then disconnect it and store it away from the main pc. Maybe every 6 months I archive the new digital pics to CD's as a belt / braces measure; like johndrew I am painfully aware of how suddenly and irreversibly a HDD can stop working.