Hi I just bought My Book 2T but I have not yet cracked the plastic in case I should return it and get a protable drive. I am thinking I made a mistake and should return it and get an external hard drive for storage because I know how hard drives work
I saw all the advertising about cloud and social media on the box and it raised red flags.
Critical Question :
Will this have invasive software that tries to connect to the internet? Will it “call home” one time or everytime it is used?
(EDIT: I do not use social media unless I absolutely have to and nothing is safe on the internet IMHO.)
Will it have a running proram on my computer. I consider that invasive. If so will this program still be runing if I am not using My Book? I can’t allow possible invasive programs to be running.
I have process explorer and comodo as well as other utilities and keep track (I hope) of all invasive and unwanted processes.
I have long experience with collecting educational materials - majority is MA instructionals. I have found out that there is a 250 character limit on windows for file names (file names + directory names to the root) which can cause backup problems. Often a file can be transferred via torrent or download but the file cannot be manipulated or recognized by windows until the filename has been shortened - I have had to use utilities to do this (Windows GUI will not do it) . Unfortunately many people that share stuff are not too careful in their file names using 500 plus character destriptions as file name or not understand the importance of using accurate , non-generic “author - title” titles.
So is the top directory name on My Book transparent to the user (me)? It’s important to know the tech details - , I need to keep all directory names and file titles as short and succinct and meaningful as possible. Not only is there a problem to copy but sometimes the copy is not done and I have no way to know there was a problem with the file length.
Is ther any concern with file name/directory name length on My Book other that the standard windows restriction?
Can I see the data structure on My Book to the root?
Can all file and directory names on My Book be renamed, and data shfled around just like a normal disk?
Besdes using this 2T backing up my current hard disks. I now want to transfer all my DVD-R’s from 10 years to other My Books or disks before they deteriorate.
I have no digital material in VOB format - it is all compressed - so I have a lot of good stuff that i need preserved I was doing 10 -20 backups a month - a lot of the stuff is rare, I probably could never get again…
And also what about defragmenting? Can My Book be defragmented?
And getting directory listings in text format - very essential for making searches and annotations to listings. I currently use a utility that works on ordinary internal and external drives but I don’t know about this My Book.
(My spell check not working for this website - excuse any errors)
(I think this earns my moniker) Thanks for any reply.