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ext hard drive using too much CPU

by graz95 / July 16, 2010 10:07 AM PDT

I have a Dell Studio XPS running Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit,i7-920 CPU with 6 gig DDR3.

I purchased a Western Digital external hard drive for file back-ups. After installing the software for the ext. hard drive, my CPU meter was reading over 25% with no open programs and no applications running. The only processes running were the 2 services running from Western Digital. Is this how all back-up software works?

After un-installing this software, the CPU usage went all the way back to where it was before software installation, about 1-2%. I then un-plugged the external hard drive. After reconnecting the ext. hard drive, it prompted me to install the resource eating WDSmartware.exe.

Do I have to use this software for this particular hard-drive?

I want to create an image of the computer on this ext hard drive.

I already have on-line and local back-ups for files.

So, finally, my question is: How can I create an image on this external hard drive without this software???

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How can I create an image on this external hard drive withou
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2010 10:12 AM PDT

"How can I create an image on this external hard drive without this software???"

I don't know all your requirements but for me the answer is CLONEZILLA. I can boot that from CD and image the machine to my USB external. Mind you this is an image so when I want to back up files I use SYNCBACK.


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for me the answer is CLONEZILLA
by graz95 / July 16, 2010 10:18 AM PDT

Thanks for replying so fast. I will look at your suggestions.


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Western Digital
by mopscare42 / July 16, 2010 11:50 AM PDT

I have the exact computer you do and also got a western Digital external drive and had the same problem except my was always running at 34%
Mine was the 1 TB unit.
I took it back and picked up a HP 1 TB external drive that uses simple save software and everything went back to normal.

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