this device works well for me. i had some questions that were answered when i plugged in the drive. when you plug in the device you may or may not get anything on the screen. not to worry - just go under "computer" and you will see it listed beside your "C" drive as a drive of its own. mine says "Toshiba (f:)". now questions may be, can you use it as a storage device, backup device, can you select what you back up? do you have to use the backup? answers are yes to all but the last question which is no. let me explain, when you first turn on your computer nothing happens. the drive is in the background as an obedient servant. if you want to use the drive go to "computer" and simply click on the "Toshiba" icon. an icon will appear which says "pocket data backup". once you click it you now have 4 icons to choose from which are "multimedia" (video, music, pictures), "office" (word, powerpoint, excell, etc.), "e-mail", "favorites". you can check or uncheck boxes to select what you do or do not want to backup. then you click "backup" (your other choice is "restore") and a file appears with all your stuff in it. Another question is can you use it as a simple storage device? yes, if you run across a simple photo you want to save just right click your mouse, select "send to" and a menu of choices will appear which will include your toshiba hd. can you load another os onto toshiba? you may be able to but i couldn't. windows will not allow routing an os download to a seperate hd, according to the web. i tried to download linux's ubuntu to the harddrive but it downloaded to my "c" drive. strangely, i could download "grudge" ubuntu's boot kernal but the major os went to windows. more sophisticated users than me may be able to direct you to ways of downloadings non windows os's to toshiba but i can't. but my point in bringing this up at all is that its windows software that will block you not the toshiba drive. in closing i would like to say that this is a superb little drive and for the price it is even more the bargin - it's the cost of a 500 gig drive.
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