Emptying MyBook

Gene Hunter from Texas writes “I have a MY BOOK, 485GB that is full.  How can I empty it and still keep it SAVED so I won’t lose it if my computer crashes? Can I refill it again?”

Hi, Gene.  Thanks for the great question!

I’m not sure that I understand the first part of your question, but let me take a stab at it.  Are you asking how you can keep the CONTENT of the disc saved so that you won’t lose it?  The answer to that question is that you’ll need to save that information somewhere else.  On your hard drive, on CD’s or DVD’s or on another portable hard drive.  I think that dual back-up is a good idea anyway, keeping one on hand and one off-site so that if something happens to one, or happens to your house, then you’ll always have that back-up available.

As far as emptying the drive goes, yes you can reuse it once it’s empty.  The best way to empty the drive is to simply reformat it.  In order to do that, click your START menu, then on COMPUTER.

Next, find the correct drive on your computer system.  In this case, it is designated as G. 

Right-click on the drive, and then click FORMAT.

This will open your format options screen, which looks like this:

The QUICK FORMAT option is checked by default, and is usually the way to go because of speed.  If you want, you can uncheck the box and do a full format, but frankly this could take hours and is usually unnecessary.  The quick format option is much, MUCH quicker (like seconds instead of hours) and will do the job.  The only reason that you would want to uncheck the box and do a full format is if you are not sure of the condition of the drive.  A full format not only erases the data and makes the disc like new, it also runs CHKSDK, which can be a very time-consuming process.  This might be a good idea if you have ever received errors on the disc, but otherwise just stick with quick.

Once your disc is formatted, you’re ready to start filling it up again.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer

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