Many, even most, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung external drives are sold with bundled backup and management software.
However, in some cases it is not possible to use such software. A few examples are:
A user has lost or uninstalled their software and needs a temporary (or permanent) means of using the external drive to backup data.
A user's bundled backup software is malfunctioning for a period of time.
A user prefers to backup data manually.
The drive did not include any bundled backup software.
The user is using the drive for additional storage and has an alternate method of backing up.
Every model of Seagate, Maxtor-brand, and Samsung external drive has a ready-to-use formatting already in place. In Windows, there is no need to do anything special or additional to make the drive work. Simply plug in the power, plug in the USB/Firewire/eSATA cable, and the drive should appear in (My) Computer and Windows Explorer almost immediately.
Once it is detected, all you have to do is move data into it. There are 2 general ways to do this:
(Windows 8 has an additional option called File History. See this Microsoft article for details.)
Here is how to perform those actions on a Windows computer :
Note: If you would prefer a video tutorial of these steps instead, please click the thumbnail below.
Here we will discuss dragging a piece of data from the (My) Documents folder to the external drive. This exercise can be repeated with one file, many files, one folder, or many folders.
First, open one window by double-clicking on (My) Computer.
If the upper right-hand corner of the window that opens includes this symbol (), click it.
It will change to this symbol: .
Now you can resize it. Move your mouse to a corner of the window.
Click and hold down the mouse button, on the corner of the window.
Move the mouse, still holding down the button, and the window corner will move with your mouse. Resize it so that it only takes up a portion of your screen.
Look for the Seagate, Maxtor, or Samsung external drive in (My) Computer. It will be a drive letter, like E: or F: (unless you have changed it). Open (My) Documents by double-clicking on it.
Resize the window in the same way, so that each window takes up only a portion of the screen.
Click and hold down the mouse button, on the document you want to move. It will illuminate and a "ghost" image will move with your mouse button.
Let go of the mouse button and the file will copy automatically to the external drive.
Note: If you would prefer a video tutorial of these steps on Windows 10 instead, please click the thumbnail below.
Double-click to open the place where the file you want to copy is located. (My) Documents, for example.
Find the file or folder you would like to copy and right-click on it.
The file or folder is now copied and held in the computer's short-term memory.
Double-click to open (My) Computer.
Look for the Seagate, Maxtor, or Samsung external drive in (My) Computer. It will be a drive letter, like E: or F: (unless you have changed it). Double-click on the external drive.
The window will change to a display of the contents of the external drive.
On the top bar of the window, choose Edit.
Alternatively, you may right-click on blank space within the window and a drop-down menu will appear.
The file or folder will appear inside the window. It is copied.
The task is complete! This is known as a "copy-and-paste" action.
How to perform these actions on a Mac computer :
Drag and Drop :
Copy and Paste :
With either of these two methods, there is no need to use any special software to make use of the drive's storage. You just move your data to it manually, and nothing more needs to be done.
Though any external drive can be used apart from its bundled software, certain Seagate, Maxtor, and Samsung drives are not sold with bundled software. Here is a list of them.
|Drive image||Drive name|
|FreeAgent Go for Mac (this drive is designed to be used with Mac Time Machine)|
|FreeAgent Desk for Mac (this drive is designed to be used with Mac Time Machine)|
|Seagate Desktop External drive|
|Seagate Portable External drive|
|Maxtor Personal Storage Family|
|Seagate External Drive|
|Seagate Portable Drive (most models)|
|Seagate Compact Flash Photo drive|