My new My Book 2TB EHD arrives today along with a new Dell XPS8700 Computer with Windows 8.1. My old Dell 8200 with Windows XP Home SP3 is still going strong (12 years old today!).
I want to use the My Book to transfer some of the data out of the old XP machine and into the new Win8.1 machine. I also want to use the My Book to back up both machines, if possible.
I’ve done a lot of reading and I believe I can use the My Book this way, but it’s not clear how I can keep the files from each machine separate on the My Book. Do I have to “partition” the My Book to do that? And if the answer is yes, will I be able to retrieve the files in the My Book that are from the old machine and transfer them into the new one? I believe I did read there is an option to do that in the My Book software menu.
Will the My Book work with the two different Operating Systems like mine at the same time? And do I have to install any software, drivers, etc. into both machines or did I read that everything’s built into the My Book already?
Finally, if you are using the My Book with two machines, can you simply plug it into one machine, get the files you want, then unplug it and plug it into the other machine to download the files to it? I imagine this would mess up the automatic backup feature, but I’m willing to do it manually if necessary. (My plan was to do automatic backups on the new machine and manual backups on the old one as needed).
Sorry for all the newbie questions. Never used an external hard drive before, plus Windows 8.1 is new to me also, so I guess I have a major learning curve.
Thanks for any help.