To this day I've always wondered why folk use backup software and then later ask how to get their files back when there is trouble with said software.
Since you have the drive, what can't you?
a. Copy what you want to a folder of your choosing?
b. Upgrade the solution in option a with Sync software that leaves the files as-is, ready to copy back when needed?
About security. The first tenant of computer security is (ready for this?) Physical Security. It is not "encrypt your data."
About the issue where folk format their computer and then discover the backup drive is dead. They forgot another tenant of old IT training or lore is that backup is not achieved with one spare copy. You get into a state of backup when there is more than one copy and if at any time there are less than two copies, you are no longer backed up.
That's why you would need at lease 2 of these drives.
I need to back up my MacBook Pro (circa 2012), my PC Desktop (circa 2011) and an older PC Desktop (circa 2005) and I would like something very simple that I can plug into each computer and back up. I have a SeaGate portable hard drive that I bought a year ago, but I had to partition it to work on both the mac and the PCs. I only need 500gb and I want something that is easy and can just be plugged in, doesn't require downloading software onto the computers (if possible), and we're good to go. I was recommended LaCie and Maxstor, but don't want to rely on one recommendation.
My main priorities are:
What are your recommendations? Thank you very, very much.