"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.
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???