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That way, if someone tries to connect your drive to a different computer ex: 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. 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. Take a look at the Best Free Partition Manager page on Gizmo to find free applications that will allow you to resize your partitions.
Then move your files from the smaller partition to the large one. You may need to repeat this process a few times until the smaller one is empty at which time you can delete it and maximize the size of the larger partition. For this reason, please take steps to first backup any files that cannot be easily replaced. I have my backups in WD passport drive. I took backup three months ago. It should start adding any files that are have either been added or changed in the last 3 months to your WD My Book backup drive.
How can I now restore this backup to my new Windows 8 laptop? Smartware Pro 2. A few days ago I did a complete backup of a Dell Raid 5 server GB and restored the data not programs to a Dell Raid 1 system and took it on line. I am now finding from the staff that many files were not backed up and restored, most empty folders were not backed up and restored, and some files are in the wrong folders.
I started to copy the files and folders over and could be doing this for the next 2 months. I switched to Acronis True Image and my backups are not only faster but more reliable. This will allow you to take a snapshot image of your drive. For non-personal requirements, see other editions which might better suit your needs. What is the difference — backup using Smartware software versus backup using Acronis software. The biggest difference is reliability in my opinion. I had to restore my computer about 6 months ago and discovered that the backup created by Smartware was incomplete.
I dropped Smartware like a hotcake and switched to Acronis True Image. It can even do real-time backups like Smartware was supposed to do. The version of Acronis True image available for free from Western Digital has some limitations so you may not find all of the functionality there. I use the full Acronis True Image and it has been producing rock solid backups for me for 6 months.
I had used it on some client sites before that with great results and actually used to use back in the days of Windows XP when they offered a free download promotion. I just recommend it because I am happy with it. The guy at the store told me that the drive does not need to be plugged into my laptop to back-up. He said if I plug it into my router than I can back it up that way…. Can you help me?
The first thing to check is to ensure that you have a USB plug somewhere on your router. Once the drive is plugged in, it may just automatically appear on your network or you may need to do some configuration in your router in order to make the My Book drive available as a shared drive on your network. How you do this will vary from one router to another. Some routers have you run an application on your computer while others require that you access the router in a web browser. You will need the login username and password in order to access your router. Once that is setup, the next step is to access the drive over the network.
Unfortunately I am not very familiar with Macs and am not sure how you would do this. There, type in the network address for the router in the address field. Hopefully this means something to you and it works. When the automatic backup runs will these files be deleted from My Book since they are not on the computer hard drive anymore? Or will they be put back on my hard drive? Great question. If you backup your photos with smartware, my understanding is that they will only stay there as long as they exist on your computer.
If you then delete the photos on your computer, I think they will also be removed from the My Book drive as well. What I recommend you do is to move the photos you want to archive onto a new folder you create on your My Book drive. The point of a backup is to have your precious information in more than one place in case something bad happens to either your computer or to your My Book drive. If anything ever happened to your My Book drive, your archived photos would be gone for good. If this would be acceptable to you, then by all means go ahead.
I tend to do this myself with files I want to keep but would not be terribly devastated if I lost them as a result of my My Book drive dying. Hi My book has been plugged into the computer since it crashed 2 years ago. It recently had to be wiped clean again, before the book was unplugged, I remember the light of my book going up and down. Any item what happened? How to verify if my book is working now? In Windows, you should always use the Safely remove hardware and eject media tool located near the clock in the taskbar bottom left of screen before disconnecting the My Book drive.
While I am no Mac expert I have about 20 minutes Mac experience in total , my understanding is that the OSX equivalent would be to go into Finder and then click the Eject icon next to the name of the device you want to disconnect — before you disconnect it. Then wait for a message telling you that it is safe to eject or disconnect the device. What does this do? It tells the operating system to finish writing information currently in memory onto the hard drive before you disconnect it. My understanding is that OSX uses something called Journaling.
Journaling is a wonderful feature that helps protect the file system against power outages or hardware component failures like pulling the plug out unexpectedly, reducing the need for directory repairs. If something happen to the file system, this could be the reason why you are seeing a listing of old files. To learn more about Journaling in OSX, see https: Leaving your drive connected with the computer on for a while might clear things up automatically.
If not, there is a small chance that you might be able to fix your problem by using the OSX Disk Utility to verify and repair the My Book drive. If you are having a problem where the MyBook drive keeps connecting and disconnecting. Hi Patti, one more thought. One should never assume that backups are taking place.
I had a situation recently where my backups stopped working after an upgrade. If I had not checked, I might have never known that the backups were not working. It is possible that your backup software was never re-installed or no backups were scheduled? I have used this external drive as a backup once or twice before with no problems. What could be wrong now? Are you using a Mac by chance? If not, how do I delete the MB files? How long does it take for the Acronis to make a full image of the computer? Will the free version do a real-time backup?
Does it back up the operating system and programs in addition to the data files? The icon might have been automatically hidden by Windows. Just to the left of the systray, there might be a cheveron or a small triangle depending on the version of Windows you are using. Click that and you might find the WD Quick View icon in there.
Unless the application crashed or you uninstalled it, it should always be in the systray whether the drive is currently attached to the computer or not. As for the free version of Acronis, both it and the WD Quick View application can happily live together. Note that there are some important limitations to the Free version of Acronis some of which are highly desirable such as:. You can learn more by comparing the documentation for the Free vs. You should be able to just open your My Book drive in Explore under Computer and see all the files there.
If you want to completely erase everything, you could just format the hard drive. You will need to use this before your My Book drive shows up. How long Acronis will take to make a full image of the computer will depend a lot on how big your hard drive is, how full it is, how fast your computer is and whether your MyBook is connected over USB 2. It will only back up the operating system and programs in addition to the data files if you tell it to.
My personal strategy is to make a full image backup of the drive once a month and then have another full backup of my data with incrementals the rest of the month. If you tend to install and uninstall applications, or tweak your Windows configuration more often, your personal strategy may be different. I usually rotate my backups every 2 months so, at any point in time, I can go back about 2 months to restore a file or the whole computer.
Is there a configured cable for this??? It would allow multiple users to share data. Hi Robert, your WD My Book must have either an RJ network connector on it, in which case you will need a network cable, your switch must have a USB port on it, in which case you will need a USB cable with the right kind of connectors at each end. That will depend on the type of connection, how fast your switch is, how many users you have, what type and how big your files are. I am trying to back up are public folder with all our main data off another computer on our network and when I tried it just copied a folder and no data need help please.
Also, have you tried copying files directly onto a USB memory stick instead of copying over the network? I let the utilities propagate the file structure, and wonder — since I am doing manual backups only, if it matters that I do not follow the structure itself. A lot of documents have been rejected because of the too-long filename, which exists solely because of drilling down to where it is set up. WD Backup. I checked the file by count and data amount, thinking it was OK to delete the source, and then found the suffix designation.
The mp3 files are unplayable as such, but they are in the first folder tree. I would like to simplify the process and want to delete of the structure what I can, which would also save some space. The aforementioned music is GB, now taking up double the space. Thank you in advance for any direction you can give me. Glad you found the thread. You might also want to shorten the names of the folders on your computer.
Also, the file names you describe sound like system files, not just data files. Consider just backing your data. You can always re-install the operating system and your applications. Alternatively, again use a different application to do backups, one that will reliably backup your whole computer and provide you with a way to restore it back into working order. I personally use Acronis True Image which has been pretty reliable over the past few years.
PC Magazine recently reviewed several good alternatives that may be of interest to you. I recently purchased a 3TB My Book and began backing up my files gigabytes of data. My question: Is it possible that My Book is analyzing the gigabytes of not backed up files and trying to figure out how to back them up? Hi, I noticed the back-up creates weird directories and has several versions of a file. Cay you replicate the source file structure? As you noticed, the software that comes with the WD My Book backup drive maintains multiple versions of documents when you edit them so that you can go back to previous versions.
The last release in was version 3. You can also get it on other versions of Windows by installing Cygwin. HOW do I transfer these photos to my G: Thanks for your help. There is no power button, and it does not indicate when it is safe to disconnect. I read somewhere to disconnect the power at the source, not from the back of the HD. I am assuming that it should be disconnected instead of running constantly.
Also I first purchased a 3 TB version that was incompatible, and had to return it, and then find another store that carried the 2 TB version. That one works. Do you have any advice concerning this application? A hard drive, like the My Book, can run constantly for years. Heat will kill electronics faster than almost anything else.
Although they are more expensive, they also use a lot less electricity.
Tips for Getting Started with the WD My Book Backup Drive | Mike's Draft Article Bin
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Black Verified Purchase. I like using these external drives as a backup and archive for my Mac and PC. It is best though, to keep a dedicated WD passport to be used with Time Machine. Also Time Machine does try to back up to one of my other drives, you just need to say no to it, but you do need to re-select Passport again afterwards re-intiate automatic backups. Backup is easy, you just plug the Passport into the Mac and wait. What could be simpler.
But always allow backup to complete before doing anything else. The Passports works well with my PC laptop too, when I render films to them. I do keep my Mac and PC drives separate though. One most important golden rule; always eject the drive with the computers software before disconnecting.
If the drive won't eject, turning off the computer has always worked for me. Over all I well satisfied with the WD Passport drives, and so far have five of them for different purposes and will buy more of them in the future. There's a single LED showing drive activity which is located at the back of the drive where you cannot see it. Somebody didn't think that through did they. What I can say is that copying about 1.
As a backup drive it's superb and it is also pretty quiet. Thoroughly recommended. I have a Apple Time Capsule for years and it just stopped working. I got this one and solves my backup issues as it smoothly connects to Apple's Time Machine Software. I partitioned two sections, one for the time machine backup and the other for extra storage.
I'm really disappointed with my new passport. I've had one before and it was great. This one locks automatically after a certain amount of time, meaning its difficult to upload files. It also doesn't eject - EVER!!!!! SO I keep having to force eject it and I don't trust that my files are safe!
Needed reformatting. Needed reformatting upon arrival but a relatively trivial matter using disc utilities on Mac. To be honest it makes no difference whether external drives are "windows" or "Mac" as once you've got them you just format them for whatever operating system you are using. To open the My Cloud web Dashboard: Action 1: If you have more than one WD device connected to your network, select the one you want to use for backup If your computer has more than one internal hard drive or drive partition, click the arrow below your computer icon and select the desired item from the dropdown menu Click the Backup tab Make sure WD SmartWare is set to back up categories Note: Select all file categories for backup Click next to specific categories to back up only those categories Note: Access the drive: Windows PC: Drag files from your computer to the drive.
In the top right corner of the Public pane, tap the three horizontal dots and then tap Add Photo. Tap Camera Roll. Select photos and tap the upload icon. In the WD My Cloud app, tap the action icon three vertical squares in the top right corner, and then tap Upload. Tap a source Gallery or Music.
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Select files and tap the upload icon. The SD card contents will be available in the SD share. Make sure the WD My Cloud app is installed on your mobile device. On your mobile device, launch the WD My Cloud mobile app. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner. In the Already Added section, swipe MyPassport and tap the settings icon. Tap SD Card, and then tap Import. In the Devices section, tap the settings icon.
Turn on FTP Access. Transfer photos: The steps for transferring photos depend on your particular camera. Key info: MyPassport Default IP address: Disabled Proxy server: Click the Backup tab. Make sure that WD SmartWare is set to perform a category backup. Click Advanced View and select the file categories you want to back up. Click Apply Changes. Click Enable Backup. Make sure that WD SmartWare is set to perform a file backup. Select files and folders. Click Change Settings and follow the steps in the wizard. When prompted to select where you want your backup saved, click My Passport, and then click Next.
When prompted, select an option, and then click Next. If you selected the option to choose files yourself, select the appropriate files, and then click Next. Click Save Settings and Exit. Click Back Up Now. Click Wi-Fi. In the Wi-Fi Network box, turn the switch On. Select the network you want to connect to. In the Wi-Fi network dialog: Enter a password if required. Click OK. Launch the WD My Cloud mobile app. MyPassport is listed as an Already Added device.
To access the Already Added section, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner of the screen.
Then tap a user account name default: In the Already Added section, swipe the name of your drive and tap the settings icon. Tap Wi-Fi, and then turn on Connect to Internet. Select a network and enter a Password if required. Turn on Share Content to allow anyone connected to the network to access files on your drive. Tap Join. MyPassport is listed in the Devices section.