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Hi everyone!

I recently bought a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex, 500GB in order to back up a few things on my computer and so it could go a bit faster by freeing up some space on my hard drive. I was wondering what the best way to go about it would be. Last night I backed-up my whole computer, but I just want to save my pictures, videos, music and documents. Should I erase everthing else or do you think its a good to backup the whole computer? Also, Im going to format my computer, so I was wondering when I plug the external drive back in, does it erase the documents that aren't there anymore, or does it just leave it and add the new ones that I dont have on the external? Do you have any tips for me?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Moving your pictures and stuff off your hard drive will NOT speed up your computer, unless you are drastically low on free disk space.

If me, you just backed up you whole computer, that should be good enough.

As far as formatting and reinstalling, why? Note that is ALWAYS a last resort fix action because it can put you months, if not years behind in security updates and patches. But if intent on doing this, you MUST ensure you have all your hardware drivers on hand - including the critical motherboard drivers - of which there are many. These can be found on the utilities disk that came with your motherboard, or on the motherboard's website.

Plugging in an external drive should not erase anything.
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