I recently bought a Western Digital external hard drive to use as a back-up. It has some software on it (some WD drive checking stuff and a 30 trial of Memeo back-up software). I'm not very impressed with the WD apps and I'd like to replace the Memeo software with something free. I'd also like to free up space on the drive by deleting the pre-loaded software.
SO, my questions and concerns:
1: Can I simply delete everything on the drive to free up space? (I haven't actually backed anything up on it, yet). Would a simple select->delete be sufficient? Or should I re-format?
2: What is some good back-up software? I have two goals in mind and don't mind if I have to use different programs to accomplish both goals, so long as it is free (And mostly trouble free).
A) to back up my files and programs before moving them to my new PC. (WinXP to Win7)
B) And then use the drive to keep an image from the internal HDD on the new PC.