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PostSubject: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   7/24/2013, 14:23

Repa will you take a lok at these screenshots & tell me what to make of them.?

1. This first one popped up outta the blue recently, & had not done this before. I don't know why it came up, do you? What does it mean?


2. This next one shows that my Toshiba external hard drive (F) drive & my Recovery drive(D) apears that they both automatically Defrag themselves every week on Wednesday. I usually Defrag my main (C) drive once a week & I have noticed that the date shows next to them each week on Wed. Did you know that they defrag themselves?


3. This 3rd. one shows that my Toshiba Ext Hard drive is filling up, and I was wondering what do I do when it fills up totally?


4. And, a question about what & how does one go about using these External hard drives is case, I guess, if computer crashes, has a bad virus, & i don't know, whatever else, that would require one to need to make use of the back-up info that's on the External hard drives?

5. And, I am not sure what I would do, if for some reason I could not get in touch with you, I'm unsure if I'd know where to begin using the Toshiba Ext hard drive to recover?

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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   7/24/2013, 21:11

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Repa will you take a lok at these screenshots & tell me what to make of them.?

1.   This first one popped up outta the blue recently, & had not done this before.  I don't know why it came up, do you? What does it mean?


No. This usually happens when an external device is detected for the first time. I don't know what caused it to appear, you may have done something inadvertantly without realizing it.

2.  This next one shows that my Toshiba external hard drive (F) drive & my Recovery drive(D) apears that they both automatically Defrag themselves every week on Wednesday.  I usually Defrag my main (C) drive once a week & I have noticed that the date shows next to them each week on Wed.   Did you know that they defrag themselves?


No, HP probably set the task scheduler to schedule a defrag on all your hard drives once a week. Not a bad thing, don't worry about it.

3.  This 3rd. one shows that my Toshiba Ext Hard drive is filling up, and I was wondering what do I do when it fills up totally?


I can't really say since I don't know what backup tasks you have scheduled to run. If you are allowing Toshiba to schedule automatic image backups of your hard drives (C &D), then it is going to fill up quickly unless you delete the older image files from your Toshiba hard drive. You should be using this to backup the folders that contain your personal data - documents, photos, business records, favorites, etc.,every week, if that is what is happening. This process should only be backing up changed files and new files, and deleting files on the Toshiba that are no longer on your comuter if the application is working right. You may have it set to backup images of your hard drives, and that is only necessary once in a while when several programs have been added to your C drive. You need an image of each hard drive partition in case windows becomes corrupted, but you only need the lastest one you've created - the older image files can be deleted. I don't know how Toshiba handles this, and/or whether you have Windows set to do routine image backups of your C and D partitions as well. I really can't help you with this without seeing what you are backing up and how often you are doing it, and what you are using to do it. You are going to have to read the user manual for your Toshiba hard drive to understand what its backup application is doing and how to use it. Seems to me that some time ago we were talking about using Windows to create backup images as well? I don't remember. You have to know what you have scheduled on your system to do and what applications are doing it.

4.   And, a question about what & how does one go about using these External hard drives is case, I guess, if computer crashes, has a bad virus, & i don't know, whatever else, that would require one to need to make use of the back-up info that's on the  External hard drives?

Yes, as I said before, you need to schedule backups for the folders on your C drive that contain your personal data - documents, photos, business records, favorites, etc., so that if windows becomes corrupted you can use the Image Restore option of Toshiba if it has that option and you have created image files using the Toshiba application, or use your recovery disks to restore Windows and then drag and drop your personal folders from the Toshiba external hard drive back over to your C drive.

5.  And, I am not sure what I would do, if for some reason I could not get in touch with you, I'm unsure if I'd know where to begin using the Toshiba Ext hard drive to recover?  

See my answer to 4 above. Go look at your Toshiba drive and make sure that the folders and files that are important to you are actually being put there by the backups you are doing so you can recover them from there if Windows gets corrupted. That's all that needs to be there if you have the recovery disks for Windows.




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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   7/26/2013, 17:47

Thanks for the reply, Repa.

1. No, HP probably set the task scheduler to schedule a defrag on all your hard drives once a week. Not a bad thing, don't worry about it.  not worried, just did not realize that it defragged those drives.

2. I can't really say since I don't know what backup tasks you have scheduled to run. If you are allowing Toshiba to schedule automatic image backups of your hard drives (C &D), then it is going to fill up quickly unless you delete the older image files from your Toshiba hard drive.  I guess you forgot that when I got the toshiba ext. hard drive that i did not know how to set it up, & so I saw that it had pre-arranged to run a BackUp each Sunday nite at 7PM.  So, no, I did not do any settings at all on it.   I'll have to see if I can figure out how to check this Toshiba and I'll probably still have more questions than answers, & I may have to ask & see if you might know the answers.   Thanks for your help.!
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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   7/26/2013, 21:38

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Thanks for the reply, Repa.

1. No, HP probably set the task scheduler to schedule a defrag on all your hard drives once a week. Not a bad thing, don't worry about it.  not worried, just did not realize that it defragged those drives.

2. I can't really say since I don't know what backup tasks you have scheduled to run. If you are allowing Toshiba to schedule automatic image backups of your hard drives (C &D), then it is going to fill up quickly unless you delete the older image files from your Toshiba hard drive.  I guess you forgot that when I got the toshiba ext. hard drive that i did not know how to set it up, & so I saw that it had pre-arranged to run a BackUp each Sunday nite at 7PM.  So, no, I did not do any settings at all on it.   I'll have to see if I can figure out how to check this Toshiba and I'll probably still have more questions than answers, & I may have to ask & see if you might know the answers.   Thanks for your help.!

WC, you need to look and see if you can do custom backups where you select only the folders and files you want backed up. It should also backup only changes from the last backup so your drive doesn't fill up. It should be able to do that, but since I don't have your Toshiba external drive, I can't say for sure. Read the user's guide and it should tell you how to do a custom backup. It kind of sounds like the pre-arranged backup is doing the entire C and D drives, and it may be an image file that you could use to restore your system if it ever crashed - you'll have to read what it says about that. If there are repeats of the same backup file/folder that are created from that pre-arranged backup, you only need to keep the lastest one. You'll just have to read and look at your drive and try to figure out what it is doing.

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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   7/27/2013, 00:23

Thanks Repa. I'll post when I find out something.......
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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   9/8/2013, 01:00

Repa, Please take a look at this screenshot.



1.  In the manual, there's not much info in it to tell me what to do about canceling or scheduling back-ups.   See the scr. shot to see if you know what I would need to know to answer my question.?

2.   The only thing I can come up with is to click on the "Installer" that you see in the screenshot, & proceed thru it in order to cancel the Sunday Night backup that is scheduled every week currently.   I assume that would work?    What do you think of this option?   Do you have any other suggestions about how to stop the backups that I don't need?
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PostSubject: Re: My Toshiba External Hard Drive   9/8/2013, 16:01

If you have the backup software installed for your Toshiba drive, you should be able to start it and find settings or preferences that would enable you to manually do backups or schedule backups. If you haven't installed the software, then you need to do so and see what your options are. If you can't figure anything else out, look in the Task Scheduler and see if you can delete the scheduled task from the Task Scheduler Library:

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler

In the left panel, select Task Scheduler Library and look for the task in the list that appears in the middle pane. Highlight the task by left-clicking on it. In the right column, click on Delete next to the red X and see if you can get rid of the task that way.

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