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how to add external hard drive for seagate backup

by shot4 / April 5, 2018 11:20 AM PDT

I have an external hard drive that I am using to store photos (this was a back up drive but I just turned that function off). I bought a new Seagate back up drive and when I set it up it doesn't show the external hard drive as an option to back up. How do I do that? I found a tool to partition the whole storage drive but I am afraid that would delete my photos or cause more problems than it helps. Not even sure I understand what partitioning would do. I truly need those photos backed up!!!!

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Remember that external and internal drives are
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2018 11:57 AM PDT

Not backups. If you store files, pictures on an external and it is your only copy, it is neither stored or backed up.

A backup is copies across a few devices and places. The only storage I know of is on say DVDs that are not erasable.

For now, copy your files up to say some memory stick or cloud (there are so many now) so that when you prepare your new drive you don't lose your files.

As to Seagate backup the app, I don't advise its use. I like SYNC apps that do not store in proprietary ways. For example, Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier.

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by shot4 / April 5, 2018 12:11 PM PDT

I use PS and LR for photos. The photos are saved to external HD. I have a cloud service that backs up the computer and this "saved photo" drive. In addition, I have a backup drive that in the past has back up my computer and my external drive and that is what I am attempting to recreate. Old back up filled up and so is not working for this purpose.

I had purchased a HD that was just for storage that didn't come with software. I tried easeus todo software but my computer knowledge just was not up to the task. What I wanted to try was removing the Seagate dashboard from storage to stop it from trying to back up everything and then add it to the list on the backup drive. With the tool from Seagate, I would have to partition. Yes, I could get the file if they were lost but it is more time working on the computer instead of working on photography which I understand much better then all of this!!!

I will look into SYNC but again would I have to remove the software from the backup drive as well.

Know this is long but I was just trying to clarify what I am asking. Thanks for the help.

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So the new drive is blank. Not ready for use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2018 12:31 PM PDT
In reply to: storage/copy??

There are so many tutorials on preparing a new blank drive that I don't write any step by step. For me it's just plug in the drive, head to drive management in Windows or Linux and prepare the drive. Since a blank drive can't be formatted we create the usual partition and then format it to the system we require. For Windows today that would be NTFS.

As to removing the software from the backup drive, you didn't tell if the app/program/software was in Windows add/remove programs control panel. That is usually all most need to use.

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that helps
by shot4 / April 5, 2018 12:49 PM PDT

I was just going to delete the "dashboard" (I think too direct for my own good). I just looked and neither the "dashboard" or "toolkit" is listed on the Windows add and remove. It is the thing (program?) that came with the drives??? The first paragraph is mostly things I don't understand or know how to do.

The storage drive has photos now and the dashboard and toolkit that showed up as part of the set up of the new HD that is supposedly already backed up my computer c/d drives. I just set the two items to not backup anything for the storage drive, but would deleting them put that drive on the list for back up on the backup drive????

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