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Old 14. Dec 2017, 01:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Seagate external hard drive information says that it has it's own software for creating a backup. Should I use that or use a third party software like Macrium Reflect for this purpose. What is the better way of doing it?

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I am a strong believer in, and a large fan of, Macrium Reflect. I have had several external HD's and I have never chosen to use their own software for backups.
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I am a strong believer in, and a large fan of, Macrium Reflect. I have had several external HD's and I have never chosen to use their own software for backups.
I have never done any backup so far and have only heard of Macrium Reflect. Is it possible to say why you prefer Macrium Reflect to the HD software and the backup software that come with the operating system?
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I have never done any backup so far and have only heard of Macrium Reflect. Is it possible to say why you prefer Macrium Reflect to the HD software and the backup software that come with the operating system?
Certainly. The Windows backup software is passable at best. There are several alternatives that are much better than Windows built-in backup or imaging process. My choice happens to be Macrium Reflect. But, I have used other free imaging tools and most are better than Windows built-in imaging/backup tool.

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In defense of the Windows backup software, it's what I use, and I like how it's integrated into the system (at least on Windows 7). I've also had to rely on it (ironically enough due to problems with trying out Windows 10) - and it restored my system image with only one problem, that being that it was only able to restore via USB 2.0 (do you know how long it takes to transfer 1TB of data over USB 2.0?) - but that was due to my hardware and not to the backup.
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If I don't intend to use the backup software that comes with the External Hard Disk, is it alright to delete those files and clean up the HD?
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If I don't intend to use the backup software that comes with the External Hard Disk, is it alright to delete those files and clean up the HD?
In general, it shouldn't be a problem, just be 100% sure that you don't want them (says the guy who just about never deletes everything ). Might also be worth checking if this is just software you can download anywhere or if it's a special license you bought with the hard drive, in which case you might want to see if there's a license somewhere or if you might even want to keep the files after all.
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In general, it shouldn't be a problem, just be 100% sure that you don't want them (says the guy who just about never deletes everything ). Might also be worth checking if this is just software you can download anywhere or if it's a special license you bought with the hard drive, in which case you might want to see if there's a license somewhere or if you might even want to keep the files after all.
It is easier to keep those files, and they take up very little space. Being 100% certain today, I might regret tomorrow Why does Seagate want me to register the disk?
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I imagine that it is like most product registrations: to give them your contact details and more data on who is using their products.

In most legal jurisdictions you don't have to register a product to get the warranty or consumer protection (which in my country is often better than the warranty).
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I imagine that it is like most product registrations: to give them your contact details and more data on who is using their products.

In most legal jurisdictions you don't have to register a product to get the warranty or consumer protection (which in my country is often better than the warranty).
I'll skip the registration since it doesn't seem to be conditional for the warranty.

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