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WD My Passport Ext.HD

by Ken Deyell / November 18, 2012 9:39 AM PST

I'd like to know how to "delete" a single backed up folder.Searched the manual and help and it just seems to describe to use the "reformat" feature.I must be missing something as this would erase the operating software for the hard drive it's self.

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No Operating System on that external.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2012 9:44 AM PST
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And I would be guessing if I guessed you were asking about some backup software but to delete a folder in Explorer is pretty basic for a Windows user. They click on the folder then tap the Delete key.

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WD My Passport Ext. HD
by Ken Deyell / November 18, 2012 10:55 AM PST

Sorry I didn't make that clear.I can't find how to delete a back up folder on the western digital external hard drive.The only reference is to right click on the drive icon and click "format"on the drop down menu.All I have stored on this external drive at present is my "music folder"

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If that's the folder you want gone, then click, tap delete.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2012 11:19 AM PST
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Again, I would have to guess if there was some backup application in play here. I don't use any that come with drives since I found them buggy, trouble, and proprietary.

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What backup software are you using?
by wpgwpg / November 22, 2012 4:49 AM PST
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Are you using the Windows 7 backup program, the WD supplied backup program, something else, what? Personally I've been using Norton Ghost for the last 8 years and haven't had the first problem with it. You can get it for next to nothing if you watch the sales. Another good alternative is Easeus todo backup free which you can download from
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm .

Good luck.

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WD My Passport
by Ken Deyell / November 24, 2012 2:22 AM PST

Sorry for delay in responding but was out of town.I used the WD Smartware prog. loaded on the WD My Passport.I did some additional searching and for the benefit of others I'll note how you can do "deletions" without formating the drive.With your my passport drive connected go to ....computer\external drive(my passport)\smartware.swstor folder and you can delete any file you select in there.Why this isn't detailed in the "user manual" is beyond me.

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