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Program to copy or backup to your external drive
January 22, 2012
9:19 am

Thanks for the help with click free. I did watch some you tube videos on click free. What I am in need of is an easy program that I can install on my desk top that will automatically back my desk top to my external drive which I already have several of. Correct me if I am wrong but Click Free is an all in one system including the external hard drive. If I am correct, I would be interested in that for a new computer but what I need is just a program I can install. I have Western Digital externals. They came with a program and I didn't keep it. Wish I had now but I am hoping there is a better program out there.


Thanks for your help,



January 22, 2012
5:16 pm
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ClickFree has an option for folks who already have an external hard drive.  It is basically a cable with the program imbedded on a chip.  Not expensive at all.

Check it out at

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January 22, 2012
5:19 pm
Jim Bass

Tom, Click Free has a product called Transformer that will connect to an external drive and backup your files to an external drive.  I had two external drives so I purchased the transformer – I connect it to the external drive and plug the other end to the USB port and the back up starts.  I believe it will also work automatically  Visit Click Free's web site and it will be explained there.  Is very easy.  There is nothing to install so it works well on a new or old computer just plug it in and it works, it may ask for permission to continue, but after that it will backup.

They can be purchased there or on




Chris, I have a question.  Can Picasa edits be restored from Click Free or should Picasa be backup separately.  I have looked at photo files in Click Free and cannot determine if Picasa edits are there.  Have b/u Picasa on a thumb drive to be on the safe side.

January 22, 2012
9:15 pm
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Yes, Picasa edits are backed up by Clickfree.  The edits are stored in the hidden picasa.ini file that is stored in the same folder as the pictures.  Clickfree backs up all files in the folder.  Just realize that you would need to use Picasa on the restored pictures to view them with the edits.

You might want to review the video on how Picasa Handles Edits if you're not sure about this.

January 25, 2012
5:28 am

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the response and I am going to get one. Thanks again!



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