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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.

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1550&p_created=1186178994&p_sid=XRPBnNMi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9MTU1MA**&p_li=&p_topview=1

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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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    Christian Goforth Dec 20, 2008

    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:

  • Sibananda Jena
    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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You could run the chkdsk utility

there are many ways or running the chkdsk utility


Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to recovery any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive there are many ways of running the chkdsk utility or


Click start right click on my computer you should see your drive usually C: select properties click tools check now tick both boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery on any bad sectors


then select check now, start should schedule this task when restart

it will only schedule on restart if its the Primary hard drive with an operating system on it


For USB drives click start control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes

this process can be done on your primary hard drive C:


automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now start


you might tick one box then return after its finished the first repair then return and tick the second box you should not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage this drive


I found that you get best results by ticking one box then returning after it has finished then tick the other box
you should have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer and your hard / usb drive


then right click on your drive select properties to see how much space you have

then i would either transfer or cut and paste these documents onto either a pen / data traveller drive or an external usb hard drive

Personally i would go for the pen / data traveller i have heard of to many problems with external usb hard drives

Plug the external hard drive into your laptop or desktop computer.

Most external hard drives do this through a cable connecting the hard drive to the USB outlet on a computer.


Plug your external hard drive into a wall outlet if it receives power from an AC adapter rather than your computer.


or plug your usb pen / data drive into a usb port on your computer


Click start click on computer, you will see all of your drives. C: primary drive D: cd/dvd drive and E: or F: you usb drives

It will be located under the USB connecting drive, which is labeled with a letter ranging from "E:" to "K:".


Open the folder on your external hard drive where you would like to save the documents.

usually in my documents or if you want to save them to a specific spot so as not get them mixed up.


Create a folder if one is not present right click in my documents select new folder and name it lets say my personal docs 1


Move this window to the bottom right corner of your screen to be used in future steps.


Open the folder on your home computer where the files are being stored that you wish to transfer to the external hard drive.


These may be on the desktop, in "My Documents" or elsewhere in your computer.

If you are unsure where they are located, you can always search for them by file name by going to "Start" then "Search."


Right-click on the document, and select "Cut."


Click on the window showing your hard drive files to bring it into use on the screen.

Right-click on the white space in the window where you would like to transfer the files, and select "Paste."


Your files have now been deleted from their original location and transferred to your external hard drive in the folder you selected


hope this helps




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Plug the external hard drive into your laptop or desktop computer.

Most external hard drives do this through a cable connecting the hard drive to the USB outlet on a computer.


Plug your external hard drive into a wall outlet if it receives power from an AC adapter rather than your computer.


Click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, and open the external hard drive.

It will be located under the USB connecting drive, which is labeled with a letter ranging from "E:" to "K:".


Open the folder on your external hard drive where you would like to save the photographs.

usually in my documents my pictures or if you want to save them to a specific spot so as not get them mixed up.


Create a folder if one is not present right click in my documents select new folder and name it lets say my pics 1


Move this window to the bottom right corner of your screen to be used in future steps.


Open the folder on your home computer where the files are being stored that you wish to transfer to the external hard drive.


These may be on the desktop, in "My Documents" or elsewhere in your computer.

If you are unsure where they are located, you can always search for them by file name by going to "Start" then "Search."


Right-click on the photo file, and select "Cut."


Click on the window showing your hard drive files to bring it into use on the screen.

Right-click on the white space in the window where you would like to transfer the files, and select "Paste."


Your files have now been deleted from their original location and transferred to your external hard drive in the folder you selected


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Good Luck, and I applaud you for having a backup!

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