Hard Drive Software?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bazzy, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. Bazzy macrumors regular

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    Hi All,

    When using external hard drives, I have usually always just plugged them in from new & formatted them for a Mac as I read that was what to do. I primarily have been using for Super-Duper Back Ups on one drive & copies of all my other stuff on other drives.

    I have usually bought brands like Western Digital & LaCie. I have noticed that they usually come with some sort of pre-installed software suite. I would like to ask, should one ordinarily utilise this built in software? Are there times when one should or should not? Can using it conflict with Mac OSX & can it cause problems/issues? What are the benefits/advantages (if any) by using it?

    Many Thanks!

    Bazzy!
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    I have never used any of the pre-installed software. There are normally far batter alternatives available than the programs that are included.
     
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    In all my years of building PC's and using external HDD's on PC and Mac, I've never used HDD supplied software. I always let the OS format them and use them like that.
     
  4. TomTomTuning macrumors regular

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    I came here to say this^
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The supplied software on the external HDDs tends to be unstable and worthless.
     
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  7. Bazzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi All,

    Thank you big time for putting things clearly for me! I will just carry on as usual & format any new hard drive directly on the Mac itself!

    Bazzy!
     

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