2007 My Book E 320GB -can I still use this?

320GB My Book E Model WD32000037, bought 10/2007.
Not used in years. 224.2GB free.
Migrating to new laptop, and want to backup old laptop data to this external drive.
The Backup tab is disabled, and a window opens saying upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro req’d.
Running SmartWare Version 2.4.16, and apparently Smartware Pro support ended 12/01/20.
Also found Data Lifeguard Diagnostic was discontinued 10/01/21 and replaced w/WD Dashboard.

Has WD effectively disabled this model?
Appears that manual backup still possible, by copying files from Windows Explorer to My Book E.
Thanks for your time.

Hi @mybookcloseditseems,

Have you opened a Support Case? If not opened, for more information, please contact the WD Technical Support team for the best assistance and troubleshooting:

Thanks for your reply-

For this 17YO model, the WD website said support has ended and to come here for Q’s.

I decided to simply copy/paste to backup files to this external drive manually, which worked.
Therefore, consider that my “solution”, and won’t waste more time troubleshooting what is apparently outdated software.