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I try to make my toshiba external hard drive back up my files from my pc but i don't know how to do it?

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There are different things you may want to try..
if backup is what you need and not just a copy of your files you can use and backup utility that comes with windows xp pro (I'm assuming that's the os your using). to look for the backup utility go to ; start>all programs>accessories>system tools>backup, it will usually open in wizard mode so follow the instructions.. basically what you will be doing is determining what needs to be back up, where you want that backed up (select the externa hdd unit that should be avaliable if you have your external hdd connected) and when you want to start back up... read through the prompts... it should be fairly easy.
if you don't have the backup utility (you may be using home xp edition)... you may need to get a windows xp cd and follow this instructions to install it as described here:

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