02-15-2010 08:30 PM
I just kinda have a feeling this is a question from a really stupid person, but who says we can't show some courage too?
Is it better to get a drive that does not have backup software if I will never use that software? Are there advantages to drives that come with backup software even though I would never use that software? Are drives with backup software just like drives that come without backup until I add the backup software, or do the drives with backup software already have some files I would need to delete?
I need a new 250 GB to 500GB external hard drive for part of my backup devices. I have a C Drive and a now dead 160 GB Western Digital external drive that I backup to a Western Digital Dual-drive Storage System with Mirroring 1TB using Acronis True Image Home backup software I like alot.
I don't need a drive that comes with backup software and I know I don't have to use the software that comes with a new drive I buy. But it seems to me that a drive without backup software might be less expensive (no software costs) and easier to use and set up because I would not have to deal with the software.
I like Western Digital, but after several years of using them, I think they fail much sooner than I thought they should. I will buy a Seagate for my 250 GB to 500GB external drive I use for storing documents (15%) and still pictures (85%). This will replace the 160GB drive that failed.
Thanks for any suggestions,
Worrying about backup software in Tampa,
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02-16-2010 09:55 AM
Sure, it's better not to get a drive with an unnecessary/undesired add-on if there's a cost benefit and/or a quality benefit.
In the specific, I'd probably say that FreeAgent drives are generally higher quality than, say, a Seagate Expansion drive.
With a FreeAgent drive, you can delete the files if you want or just not install the software.
02-16-2010 06:02 PM
Thank you for the information. As I continued to review the drives, I noticed that the drives with software tended to have a longer warranty -- evidence of exactly what you were talking about. You really helped me understand these matters better. I think I will get a drive with software and then delete it.
02-18-2010 10:16 AM
Oh, now you're trying to make us all jealous!
Enjoy. I recently got me a 250 GB FA Go myself, and I'm liking it a lot. Like you, I don't use the included backup software, probably because I'm a control freak. :-P
07-02-2011 07:51 PM
But aren't there ramifications if the software is not installed, like the fuel gauge does not work, what else. I am a new user and preparing to setup my new drive (Seagate 2 TB Desk type GoFlex.