1. Look up SYNCBACK and use it.
2. Acronis is nice. Sorry there are no instructions but the full retail version is cheap and worth it.
3. And most important. This is not backup. It's an convenient copy. To reach the point of BACKUP we need one more copy that is WRITE PROTECTED. These are not my rules on what backup is but those handed down over the years and accepted by many the world over. If you feel one copy of your files (that's one copy regardless how many times you put it on this drive!) is all you need then I implore you to read this forum where people plead for help getting their files off such a device. Where's the backup?
I've been reading these pages till my brain hurts. There's so much info here.
I bought a Maxtor Personal Storage 3200, but when I opened it there wasn't any instructions, installation disc, or anything come up on the screen when I plugged it into the laptop. There's also no buttons or switches on the HD case.
The 2 seemed to be talking to each other OK, so I tried to format & partition it into an 80/120/120G but it didn't do that, just stayed as 1 partition but with the name I'd given the first partition.
The wizard seemed to be working OK so I figure there's a lot more I don't know about.
On this forum I found reference to a program Acronis Migrate Easy.
So my question is:- would the Acronis be the best way to go to manage the external HD right from the get go? I bought the HD with the intention of having a full backup, duplicate of my laptop, programs & all, which I would rebackup from time to time.
I also note some say to use CD's but it would take 26 of them just to B-up my laptop, let alone have extra for my movies, music, etc!!!! That's crazy! Very important individual files, yes definately.
OK the laptop details. OS XP Pro sp2, pentium 2GHZ, 60G. Um not sure what else you need to know here.