There isn’t a lot of documentation that comes in the box with the WD My Book drive. This article will provide you with additional information will hopefully answer some of your questions regarding the My Book drive.
WD SmartWare can backup your computer on a schedule or ongoing in real-time. Just remember, if you use it in real-time and you delete or change a file by accident, you won’t be able to restore it from your backed-up version because it will be instantaneously updated. On the other hand, if you worked on a file for several hours but only sync up your drive periodically and something happens to your computers drive or the file itself, you won’t have a backup to restore from.
So what’s the solution? Have two of these drives. Connect one drive one day and the other drive the next day. That way you always have a real-time backup and, if you need to restore, you can always go back to the other drive to gain access to yesterday’s version.
If you want to backup more than 1 computer, keep in mind that you can use this software on up to 4 computers. I notice this only happened on my computer with Windows 7 Professional. If it doesn’t get offered to you, you might be using Windows Home edition.
You can choose Continuous Backup or Scheduled backup where you can choose Hourly, Daily, Monthly and specify the day of the week or month and the time you want your backup to start. If you have more than one drive, just repeat the process to add a backup of the second drive. Here is the process:.
If the drive starts giving you trouble, keep in mind that it is under warranty for 2 years from the date of purchase. Western Digital WD also has telephone and email support available. Backups , Computing , Hardware. I just performed a back up of files that it automatically selected. How do I view those files afterward to determine in I want to delete some of them?
Any help? Hi Lisa, thank you for your question. If you only delete a file from the My Book backup drive, the backup software will automatically put it back because it still exists on your computer. The next time the backup software notices that the file is gone, it should delete it from the My Book backup drive as well.
As for any files and folders on the backup drive, you can just use Windows Explorer to browse, view and restore them. I have old files in folders on the WD MyBook that I have moved or deleted months ago and it still shows on the backup file.
I have several people tell me that WD SmartWare is not a sync backup. It will just backup what you put on your computer. My computer is windows 7 and my WD backup is set up to parallel backup. It is my understanding that if files on C hard drive are affected with virus, backup will automatically occur on my WD drive. How do I change my backup to take place weekly instead of dynamically? Hi John. Does it really matter?
That said, I noticed that My Book actually keeps multiple versions of files. If a file you need is infected, check to see if there might be an earlier version of the file available from before it got infected with the virus.
How do I go about connecting more than one Mac to my My Book? There is no mybook option coming up under the computer page. What am I doing wrong? Should I complain to the seller? Hi Ice Skater. While this is great for sharing the MyBook with other people on your WiFi network, it is actually a little more complicated to get it setup. If you have a network cable, you will need to plug the device into your router instead of your computer.
You can end up damaging both your router and your MyBook. It immediately reconnects itself but by that time the error has been recorded and the backup fails. Any ideas what may be happening? I have no experience with an iBook. Hi Joe! Thank you for your question. I recently had to do something similar and ended up using WinMerge to do the comparison and selectively copied just the files that had changed after previewing the list. Just be sure to set it to only compare date and time stamps instead of the full contents of each file before you do the comparison or it will take a very long time.
Karen actually passed away a few years back but her very useful powertool lives on as one of my favourites for replicating files between two sources. Hope this helps. How do you use the Essentials to back up from one computer win 7 to a laptop Win 8. I was able to figure out how to unlock. Once I figure that part out how do you restore to another machine?
I thought I may have to set a back up on the laptop and then do a restore choosing the win7 back up? Thank you. You can just open them as if they were on your computer. Thank You!!! I have been trying for days to find the files on the WD drive. Thanks for helping me see which ones I really do have!! I have had a series of WD hardrives, unfortunatley I just learned the hard way that if you have your laptop, your back up drive and your back upo back updrive all in your daypack because you are trying to a backup of your backup… and you leave the entire backup in a taxi… ummm… the backup doesnt work so well.
So here I am starting again with a new laptop and two new WD harddrives, one full of all the files I have managed to rescue from old hardrives and the backup of my current computer and the other one as the backup of that backup. For some reason though my back up of backup simply does not back up all files. It says it has, but when I check only gig of 1. I have read on WD blogs and this appears to be a common problem but i see nobody posting solutions other than dont use WD msartware pro.
DO you have any experience or any ideas. I recently needed to restore files and discovered that many were missing from the WD Smartware Pro backup. I think I will switch to Acronis True Image. The computer power supply has died for the second time, so I am purchasing a new computer. How I do get my backuped files to the new computer? I know how to find the backup drive, but are the files encrypted, do I get copy them on to the new machine??
Hi Deb, Thank you for your question. As someone else recently pointed out, it backs-up everything and never removes anything if you delete a file. So if you restore your files from the backup onto your new computer, you will likely end up with copies of files that had been moved or removed.
They are not encrypted or compressed. You need just drag and drop onto your new computer. A better solution that involves a little more work and money would be to purchase an external hard drive enclosure and put the hard drive from your old computer into it. Then you will have full access to all of the files from your old computer and be able to use your old hard drive for other things. Hi Rob, Thank you for your question. I suspect that your computer is trying to start up from your MyBook drive.
Unfortunately you will need to do a little research on how to do that exactly for your particular computer as the procedure is different for each computer. Alternatively, there might be something wrong with your MyBook drive. Use Windows Explorer to do error checking of your drive also known as check disk. You certainly can. In fact you have several options. They all require that you first install the WD Security tool.
The installation file is called WDSecuritySetup. This last option might be a good alternative to removing the password completely. What it does is automatically unlock your password protected drive any time you connected it to your computer.
If you want to use your drive with other computers, you can just install this tool on those computers as well and set them up with the Enable auto unlock for user on that computer as well. Tip: Just be sure to write the password down somewhere.
If you decide to remove the password completely, you can then uninstall the WD Security tool as it will no longer serve you any purpose. Hi, Michael. I had divided MyBook into two partitions and the original Smartware worked fine. Now, however, Pro writes only to one partition, even though both show up when I designate the target drive.
Pro always defaults to the smaller partition no matter how often I change it to the larger partition. Anyway, I am just guessing but it might help if you delete your scheduled backups and re-create them.
Before you go and re-format your drive, you might want to consider merging the two partitions together to avoid loosing any files.
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Im not sure and can not find info on how to copy to a smaller drive. Posted 15 December – AM. Doesnt look right to me. Others may still have some input and further methods , but you can only try – nothing lost nothing gained. Posted 15 December – PM. Thanks Havachat. I found this tool Posted 16 December – AM. Posted 16 December – PM. Posted 17 December – AM. I’ve only used author web sites, oldversion. I do not know filepuma — others will have to weigh in. Check oldversion, oldapps, filehippo first.
I’ll wait a bit to see if others weigh in Posted 17 December – PM. Sorry about that. Solution Resizing all partitions proportionally during restore:! This can be done only with a backup of an entire hard disk. Create a backup of an entire hard disk that you want to restore to a larger or smaller one; Boot the computer with the new hard disk from Acronis Bootable Media; Restore the image; All the partitions will be restored proportionally to fit in the new hard drive automatically.
Resizing all or separate partitions manually during restore: Create a backup of entire hard disk or some partitions that you want to restore to a larger or smaller hard disk or partitions; Boot the computer with the new hard disk from Acronis Bootable Media; Restore the image. Select a single partition and follow through the wizard. Order Asc Desc. Date within – Any – 1 day 3 days 1 week 2 weeks 1 month 2 months 6 months 1 year.
Thread solved. View Solution. Forum Member. Posts: Comments: What am I doing wrong? Make sure it can be detected. Launch this program to click Tools and Clone Disk subsequently.
Step 2. Choose whether to use Automatic recommended or Manual transfer mode. Then click Next. Step 4. Select the SSD as the destination drive and then click Next.
You will receive a prompt, saying all the data on the destination disk will be deleted, confirm it and click OK. Wait for the process to be completed. Then this program will inform you of the next steps to take. Once you boot a new device from this drive, a letter will be assigned automatically.
Please check all the supported cloning features in the following:. All the operations are based on intuitive interface, so users can understand it easily and use it as a professional.
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I found this tool And the last two options are available on the Professional version. Step 5. I’ll post back when I accomplish that. I was able to download the pwfree
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The latest version It even adds an interesting pre-backup file scanning to root out anomalies before overwriting your previous backup—a nod to the emergence of ransomware as a concern. Among the free programs we tested, Backupper Standard wins primarily because it has the most features, including imaging, file backup, disk cloning, and plain file syncing, plus multiple scheduling options.
This was the case with Backupper 4, and the latest version has only added more options, making it a surprisingly well-rounded free offering. We hit a few performance snags with less-conventional system setups, but for the average user, it should perform as expected. This is largely to test reliability and hardware compatibility, but we time two: an approximately GB system image two partitions , and a roughly 50GB image created from a set of smaller files and folders.
We also test the USB boot drives created by the programs. Additionally, if you intend to back up to a newly purchased external hard drive, check out the software that ships with it. Seagate, WD, and others provide backup utilities that are adequate for the average user.
Some programs automatically select the appropriate files if you use the Windows library folders Documents, Photos, Videos, etc. Boot media: Should your system crash completely, you need an alternate way to boot and run the recovery software. Any backup program should be able to create a bootable optical disc or USB thumb drive.
Some will also create a restore partition on your hard drive, which can be used instead if the hard drive is still operational. Any backup program worth its salt allows you to schedule backups.
Any backup program you use should allow you to retain several previous backups, or with file backup, previous versions of the file. The better software will retain and cull older backups according to criteria you establish. Optical support: Every backup program supports hard drives, but as obsolete as they may seem, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are great archive media.
A solution like Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office formerly Acronis True Image automatically captures changes to everything, including hidden files that can be missed by manually copying files, and makes the process of recovery easy and efficient. The entire computer is the default backup source, so you simply need to assign the external drive as the Backup destination and then click Back up now. Computer backups need to be stored someplace safe. Acronis recommends the backup rule, which includes storing a copy of your backup files locally on external hard drives, network drives, and NAS devices and another copy off-site.
That way, if a fire or flood damages both your original files and the local backup, the off-site copy is available to use for recovery. Because you just log in via the internet, the cloud is a convenient way to store your files off-site, where they are safe from local damage.
Subscriptions to the Advanced and Premium editions of Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office formerly Acronis True Image include cloud storage, as well as cloud-based features and anywhere access to your data.
With Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, you also have the ability to automatically replicate local backups in the Acronis Cloud, so you always have an off-site copy of your data available without having to manage a separate backup plan. By choosing this option, after the first successful backup, your backup and replication will be done simultaneously, in parallel.
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They do not conflict with each other for resources and do not create an extra overhead on the system. However, our real-time protection switches on only if there is no third-party real-time protection solution running on your device. If third-party software is detected, you’ll receive a message on your protection dashboard notifying you that another piece of software is protecting you from malicious files. Note: If you continue using an existing third-party solution for device protection rather than Acronis’ anti-malware, we cannot guarantee the reliability of that third-party protection.
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