I recently purchased the Passport Essential 500GB to backup a relatively small amount (30GB) of files. I installed the software and it just doesn’t seem to work well on my computer (Windows XP on a Dell Inspiron E1705, pretty old computer). I was just wondering if there is any real disadvantage to manually putting what I want on the external drive and just uninstalling the software? I am basically afraid that my computer is going to die any day now and want to make sure I have copies of my iTunes, pictures, school/work related documents, etc in a safe place. Do I really need the software or can I just use this as essentially a large flash drive?