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How do i make my external hard drive (my book)the default drive on my pc (windows xp)

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You can't put your external drive like a default at least that your bios allow to this drive to boot your computer.

The answer to this question depends on your BIOS. Check the manual that came with your computer
for information, or look in the BIOS setup screen (usually accessed by pressing some function key at the beginning of the boot sequence) to see what options you can set regarding boot order.

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Is this external drive compatable with mac?


It should be but may need to be formatted as GPT on the Mac after which it can only be used with Windows Vista, Windows 7 or later as XP and earlier versions of Windows cannot read GPT drives.

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Restoring your iTunes Library backup


When you need to restore your backed up iTunes Library from your external hard drive to your computer, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer

Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is:

Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).

In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.

Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
Click Choose.

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Copy iTunes folder to your external hard drive
To copy all the items in your iTunes library (including the iTunes Library file that holds all your playlists, playcounts, ratings, and other data) to your external hard drive, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer
Locate your iTunes folder:
By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:

Open your iTunes Preferences:
Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
Click Advanced.
The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box, as pictured below.


Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.


When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.

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How to make my 500 mybook compatible with windows vista


Hello,

Normally by default, these external storage devices are pre-configured to work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. If you are having troubles making it work with Windows Vista, try to reformat the device with NTFS formatting and it should run smoothly.

Cheers!

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How do i get my computer to use my external hard drive which i just installed


Which Operating system are you currently using? By default XP/Vista/7 should have generic drivers sufficient for using the device as external storage, To Check and make sure the drive is being properly recognized simply double click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop if using windows XP. Or in Vista/Windows 7, click on the Start Button and then scroll over to Computer and Click. the hard drive should be listed in there. Take note of the drive letter . If you'd like to save items to it simply save to the new drive ( when within the program of your choice, Word, Windows Media Player etc ) by selecting the new drive in the "Save To" Window. ( Be Default most windows systems should store all information on the C:\ Drive ) your new external drive should be listed with a different letter ( F:\ G:\ etc )

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How do i keep my folders and run them off my external hard drive. with out putting them on my computer


If you mean accessing files vs. programs, do the following: plug in your hard drive, wait until the pc recognizes and installs it, open up "My computer" shrink the window by clicking on the middle icon at top right of the window. Move the window (click and hold the mouse on top colored bar to drag it) to one side so you can see the folder(s) /file(s) you wish to copy and the window showing your external drive. Now you can simply drag the folders over from the pc desktop to your external hard drive.
If you are referring to running programs from your external drive, you need to insert your program(s) install disk to your pc and when going through the install menu(s) you should see a question asking where you wish to install the program and it will have a default location which you can easily change by typing the location of your external drive or selecting it from "browse" button within install program. Be aware that some files will still be installed to your pc (system registry files) required to interface with the operating system so you can launch the program(s) from your external drive but most likely not independent of the pc containing the main operating system. A bit wordy I know, but hope this helps!

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Hello,
You should install Ubuntu from inside Windows with the wubi program. When you boot you will have Windows as the default boot option and Ubuntu as a second option. Choose the Ubuntu installation to reside on the external drive. You will connect the drive if you use Ubuntu.

If you do not do that, reinstall ubuntu on the external drive and choose to write the boot sector for GRUB or LILO on the external drive, not on the MBR of the primary drive.
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Tring to back up pc to elements 1 tb external hd


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