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available downloads for my wd drives, do i need them ?


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SKOOTERBUM

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i have to be honest, i did read through most of the information regarding the available downloads for these two drives, and it is basically all over my head. i'm not yet educated enough with these computers to understand a lot of it.

could someone look at the links to the available downloads for my "WD" drives, and tell me if i would benefit from any of the downloads ??

my motherboard is a compaq 07e8h. i looked, and didn't see that this board is "raid" compatible. i could be wrong. would the "raid" downloads for the caviar blue drive allow me to set up "raid-1", with this motherboard, to use as my system backup ??

also, my external 1tb hard drive is empty. i have deleted all the information that was on it. should i download the Fat32 Formatting Utility ??

http://support.wdc.c...pid=304&lang=en

http://support.wdc.c...pid=502&lang=en


this site is great, and i thank you for any help offered !!!!

ron

Edited by SKOOTERBUM, 06 February 2012 - 02:50 AM.

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RAID setup is an option provided by the board, not what software you download afterwards.

It's very rarely an option on branded machines such as yours.

As to the downloads - you don't need any of them, you can format a drive yourself in Windows.
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You do not need to even consider RAID

Use either the built in XP backup if you have XP professional.

Start Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Backup

OR as you have a WD drive go here download and use Acronis
http://support.wdc.c...il.asp?swid=119

IF your external drive is large eneough do both.

Then having created your backup if using Windows, use Incremental backup.
And simply keep a separate backup by copy and paste of your personal documents, images etc as they change.

The important aspect to remember is that an image is a backup, but a backup is not necessarily an image.
If your hard drive crashes and is beyond recovery of the file system then providing the drive itself is OK you can restore an image.
You cannot restore a simple backup.

The best starting point for you is the HELP on Windows for backup and here is the full guide
http://technet.micro...y/bb457113.aspx

and another one for you.
http://www.theweekly.../CompleteBU.pdf
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Neil Jones, and Macboatmaster, thank you for your responses.

i will do as advised, do not download anything, and read up on the sites that were posted.

last evening i did download the Acronis backup program, but i have to do the necessary reading on how that program works.

i just checked, i do have the windows backup on my system too.

i will post back with any more questions.

thanks guys !!

ron

Edited by SKOOTERBUM, 06 February 2012 - 10:29 PM.

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