Alternatives to WDSmartware external hard drive software???

Posted on 2012-09-15
Last Modified: 2016-06-26
I purchased a western digital essentials 2 terabyte hard drive. It comes with backup software: wdSmartware. must i use this software or can i use an alternative? thanks.
Question by:johnbrns
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    You can use any software you wish, so far as I know.

    I used Symantec Ghost to back up my Thinkpad onto a Western Digital 1TB USB hard drive and that worked just fine.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    by:Norm Dickinson
    That is just bundled with the drive for convenience and is not required. You may find that you like it if you try it, however, as it may be an easy way to backup your system on a schedule. You can safely format or delete that software if you want to, however. I use Windows built-in backup utility on one of my computers with a similar drive, and I also use the professional workstation software from for another with no problems at all. If you prefer to, you can just copy and paste files to the drive as well.
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    very helpful thanks
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    by:John Hurst
    @johnbrns  - Thank you, and I was happy to assist you. .... Thinkpads_User

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