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How to Transfer files to external hard drive

I want to transfer the my documents folder and the contents of my desktop to the toshiba 250GB USB 2.0 external hard drive. How do I do this? There is no manual.

Also someone indicated that I need to format the external hard drive first, to NTFS. Is this true?

Thanks for any help you can give.

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  • words5144 Dec 20, 2008

    I'm new at this. Firstly, do I need to reformat the new drive to NTFS? If som how do I do this?

    Secondly, where do I go to get the My Documents folder and the items on my desktop
    to copy and then post on the external hard drive?

    Thanks...

  • words5144 Dec 20, 2008

    I have just transferred the My documents Folder to the new external hard drive. Should I now edit any of the folders, as I see fit, using the external drive? Or must I edit the files using the C drive and then update the external drive? Thanks much.

  • words5144 Dec 21, 2008

    (1) I have just transferred the My documents Folder to the new external hard drive. Should I now edit any of the folders, as I see fit, using the external drive? Or must I edit the files using the C drive and then update the external drive?

    (2) My C drive is just about full, this is why I bought the external drive. Would it be okay to delete some files fromit, since I now have the external drive? If som should I wait a while to ensure the new drive is working properly? Thanks much.

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Gmorning, yes it is ture that you have to format the hard drive first, have you tried to go to Toshiba site and download the driver for the HD? Also they should have the manual for this particular Drive. Let me know if you cannot and maybe I can send you the loink

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Welcome-

i hope that this is everything that you are looking for go to this website scroll down to your operating system and follow the instruction. if anything copy and paste it in the web site area.

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Format the new drive then

go to C:\Documents and Settings\ohms

folders to copy: (folders hold all files in documents and desktop)

C:\Documents and Settings\ohms\My Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\ohms\Desktop

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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    monk3ybidzness Dec 20, 2008

    replace "ohms" with your computer username of course :)

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You do not need to format the hard drive , it is already formatted.

Open the hard drive folder from inside My Computer, or Computer on Vista. The disk is indicated as My Book.

On a separate window open My document, and do Edit>>Select all from the top bar menu or do Right click, then Select All from dropdown menu.

Once all files are selected do Edit>>Copy or right click and copy, and paste the content of the folder onto the hard disk or better in a folder in there.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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    Ginko Dec 21, 2008

    Normally you mainly use the files into the original my document folder, that is stored on your internal C drive.

    However you can operate and edit the files directly on the external HD when needed.

    The best thing to do is keeping only the most important files on C drive, and keep only the copy on external HD.

    If you have a backup on external HD you can delete the original from your My document folder on C:


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Does the drive show in my computer

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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    Angelo Attard Dec 21, 2008

    hi i am not a computr expert just a starter and i have got a sore head reading the answers u have



    from what i can understand what u got is your pc hard drive is full

    and u want to change it but keep all progams and drivers look get norton gost it will copy one hard drive to another and u just swap the hard drive over and u pc will work with no problems and u will have the old hard drive as back up if your compter ever crashes

    put the hard drive back in and your going again



    hope it helps

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By the deafult almost all external drive now are already formatted, but it will be better if you for,at it first, just connect the drive to your computer and wait until the computer recognize it then double click Mycomputer and you should be able to see there the external drive, right click on it and select format and set it to NTFS file after its done formatting you can already transfer file on it...

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    Mark Gil Dec 21, 2008

    You can directly edit the data from the external drive so we you save the changes its already save to your external drive it will save you space and time .....

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    Mark Gil Dec 21, 2008

    You can already edit everything from the external drive, and you can also delete some files from your C drive that you don;t need anymore or those files that is already back up on your external drive and everything should be ok...

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First connect the hard drive to your USB port. It should be auto detected by your PC. Double click you My Computer icon that is on the desktop and see if the new drive is listed. If it is you are good to go for step 1.

Step 2 is to open your My Documents folder and select all of the files you wish to copy over to your external hard drive. If you wish to copy all of them over then you can click on Edit in the top tool bar and then click select all. After you have done that click on edit again and click copy.
Double click my computer, Right click on the external drive and click on paste. This will make a copy of all of your files in your my documents folder and put them on the external.

As for formating the drive if it is new you should not need to format it. If you have bought it off of e-bay or from a friend you may want to format it first. You can do this by right clicking the drive in my computer and clicking on format. This will bring up a list of options such as name and format type. It is up to you if you want to format it with FAT 32 or NTFS. The advantage to FAT 32 is that you can then use it on older systems such as windows 98.

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    I would suggest formatting it using the steps above. Just to recap you would double click on the My Computer Icon, right click on the new drive, click format. Then click on start to format. This will take some time.

    Once the format is complete open your my documents folder and on the top menu bar click edit then click select all. Then on the menu bar again click edit then click copy. Close that window.
    Double click the my computer icon again and right click on your newly formated drive and click paste. This will copy over everything from you my documents folder.

    For your desktop items click the items you wish to make a backup of and drag them to your new drive in the my computer window. This will make a copy of them also.


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    Christian Goforth Dec 20, 2008

    You would need to edit both the my docs and the external drive if you want them to match. They do not have to match if you do not want them to. You can edit them as you see fit.

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    Christian Goforth Dec 20, 2008

    You can edit the files as you see fit. The files in your My Doc's do not need to match the files on your external drive. It is your choice how you want to name your folders.

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Hi,

All you have to do is connect your external drive to PC.Then go to MY Computer and you will see a external drive icon double click on it and a window will open.Now just copy the My documents and paste it in the open window.

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    If you need anymore help let me know.

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You can copy C:\Document and Setting\[user name]\My Document and
C:\Document and Setting\[user name]\Desktop folder and paste in the external hard disk after connecting to USB....After connecting a drive wl appear in My computer....

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    Sibananda Jena Dec 20, 2008

    For formatting You simply right click on the drive and format with ntfs option...

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    Sibananda Jena Dec 21, 2008

    Aftter Copying My Document Folder to ext drive..U can delete the contents of My Document to Retrieve space in C:

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    Sibananda Jena Dec 21, 2008

    Try to search temp folder by RightClick and search in C:

    del the contents of the temp folders to free up some space in ur c:


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