Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
It's best to use a backup program that you are sure will do the job: a program with a good reputation and recommendations.
Should I buy separate backup software or should I use the software that comes with the external hard drive?
In this excerpt from Answercast #28, I look at the kinds of software that may come with a backup drive and stick to my usual recommendation.
That's a hard one for me to answer because I don't know what software comes with your external hard drive.
So the short answer is, "Maybe."
For example, if the backup software that came on that external hard drive happens to be Macrium Reflect, then go for it! You're done; you've got good backup software.
If it's something you've never heard of, then I have a hard time saying that I would recommend you use it.
Backing up is so important! It is such a silver bullet for solving almost any problem that you might encounter on your PC... that I personally think the best thing to do is to invest a few dollars in a known, good, and recommended backup software package. And ignore what's on the hard disk.
That's what I would do.
Now I will say that I do archive what's on the hard disk; I basically back it up. I'll copy it off somewhere on my Zipit, just to save some space, and include it with my other backup archives.
In reality, I'll pretty much delete anything that's on the external hard drive and then immediately start using the backup program that I use.
So ultimately, I have to recommend that you choose a good backup program and don't rely on what boils down to a game of roulette; you have no idea what backup software you're getting on external hard drives. Get a good package.
End of Answercast #28 Back to – Audio Segment
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