04-06-2011 03:23 PM
I have Seagate 500GB free agent, am using Windows XP pro. My drive is almost full
How can I delete all previous backups from my Seagate and start all over with a clean drive?
I have my files backed up to various DVDs now so am not in danger of losing all my files.
Is it possible to start with a clean slate, as if you were using the Seagate for the first time.?
04-08-2011 10:25 AM
You don't have to delete everything, but as long as you have sufficient backups, you'll be fine.
That will erase everything and start you completely over.
04-25-2011 08:55 PM
Thank you for the response.
This forum is very helpful, much more helpful than the Seagate help that came with the drive.
I was on vacation for a while. i am still not 100% clear.what to do. I have Windows XP, not windows 7. I don't think I want to format my Seagate drive, only to erase it.
My files don't change that often . I back up one every two weeks. My Seagate is almost full; it has about 121GB free space.
What I really want to do is to erase everything currently on my Seagate and then just back up-MY documents -again about 96GB of data.
My Seagate currently contains Program files as well as document files. I guees this was a mistake on my part. I want to back up only program files, which I think I can do by setting the Seagate manager to back up only program files.and by giving my backup plan a new name and deleting my current backup plan.
If I go to my Free Agent drive, my computer name, and simply erase the entire -C- drive, will I achieve my goal and then can I just set a new backup plan and simply back up the folder-My documents-which contains all the documents that I need to back up
If you do this job by erasing levels rather than by erasing the entire C drive on the Seagate, can you just delete the entire level 5 or do you have to go through each level file by file to delete individual files.
04-26-2011 02:27 PM
Well, formatting the drive will erase it totally and restore it to a from-the-factory state.
Here are the XP instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000
Also, backing up program files with Seagate Manager is not a good move, because the Manager can't back up the entire program. If you had to replace your internal drive, the Manager wouldn't be able to restore the programs; you'd have to reinstall them fresh.
If you want a disaster recovery backup, for programs and such, see here: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/