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How do I get the files to the external hard drive?

Hi - I have installed the external harddrive to my computer, but now what?

How do I start the back up process for all my files, photos, music, etc?

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  • jervon Nov 18, 2008

    I just am not sure of the best way to get my files on the hard drive so they are easily accessable later.



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First, u have to format your external harddrive, then just Copy and Past your desired forder from your computer to external hard drive.

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