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Just simply follow the steps for you to be able to transfer files from your computer into your external hdd.
1)Right Click on the folder where your photos are located.
2)Click Send to, then select the appropriate drive for your passport essential.
3)It will now copy those files onto your external hard drive which is the Passport Essential.
Hope this could be a big help!
The disk-drive might be formatted for usage _only_ with Mac OS X.
Copy all the files from it to your Mac's disk-drive.
Move the Passport to any PC, and "format" the disk for use by Windows.
Move the Passport to your Mac, and copy all the "saved" files back onto the Passport.
Move the Passport to your EEPC, and you should be able to use it, and to see the filenames that you copied from your Mac.
Open "My Computer", and look at each icon, e.g,. 'A:' and 'C:' and 'D:'.
The cable from the Passport will only fit into a 'USB' port on your computer. Your computer may have more than one such port.
Just pick one, and connect it.
Once it is connected, look again at that 'My Computer' window.
There should be another drive-letter, assigned by Windows to your Passport.
Open 'My Documents'.
Click 'Select All'.
Right-mouse click on one of the selected objects.
Point at 'Send To'.
Click the drive-letter assigned to the Passport.
The selected files will be copied from your 'My Documents' folder onto the Passport.
the question here is how did you manage to get the info saved into your passport portable hd in the first place? I don't mean to sound like a smartass but if you did save the files onto your portable hard drive before you wiped your pc's hard drive it should work the same way backwards if you want to access and restore the files back on to your pc from your portable hard drive.
now to answer your question you should simply... 1. plug your portable hard drive (I mean power and usb cable both). 2. turn on your passpost portable hard drive (if needed). 3. your computer should see your portable hard drive now being connected to the usb ports, wait a few seconds for the computer to recognize it and give you access to it. 4. if you don't a pop up asking you what to do with the new device you just connected (passport port. hd) simply go to start>my computer and under removable devices category you should see your portable hard. 5. double click your portable hard drive and you should be staring at the contents of your passport hd. 6. you can copy some or all the folders you find in your portable hd on to a folder that resides in "my documents" folder which is a folder that resides in your pc's hard drive. (if you are not accoustumed to move folder around from one device to another, please ask the help of someone that is familiar with this task or simply select a folder, right click on it, select "copy", then go to the target location, right click on an empty space and select "paste")
if you are not able to do this 1-6, you may have not completed setting your system, and it's possible that you may still need to install drivers for you usb hub (for instance) to have your system being able to work with usb devices.
post back with your findings and any details of any problems encountered along the way.
Try going to the "Computer" icon and look for the external drive. Open the ext. drive folder and look for the InstallSeagateManager icon, the Application one. Double-click on it and it will allow you to install the software to do a backup on your new computer. First thing you should see is the Language Selection screen. I think you can take it from there!
Why not make it KISS (Keep it simple and stupid). Go to your my Passport folders or files that you want to copy, Click on it and Copy (ctrl c) or Cut it (ctrl x), now go to your internal drive (C:\ or D:\,etc) and do Paste (ctrl V. You can also copy or cut multiple files or folders.
Your drive is probably in FAT32 format. FAT32 has a 4GB file limit that is why your 5GB movie isn't saving. You will have to format the drive in Mac OS file format (HFS) using Disk Utility.
Unfortunately once its in Mac format the drive will not be recognized by windows PCs. What I do is have a program called macdrive installed on my windows computers so that they can access mac format hard drives.
i hope this helps!