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Transferring Files to External Hard drive

(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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I would suggest you find a backup program to do all this for you. I use EZBackItUp (http://www.rdcomp.net/ezbackitup/) a nice freeware program that is easy to set up. Once the files are backed up, though, you should not delete them from your C: drive, as the program will them delete them from the backup too. What you should try to do is move big files (movies, music, etc) to the external drive, which will give you more space on your C: drive. And, as always, make sure you run a good cleaning program (http://www.ccleaner.com for a great one, download and install) to reclaim some disk space.

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

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How to move/copy user files to external hard disc (wall or usb powered) so that productivity applications default-save to the external hard disc (virtual drive) folder via...


quite a bit of "what if's there" lol

First of all, yes you CAN re-direct the 'my documents' folder to another location....be it on an internal or external drive volume. This requires careful adjustments to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folder

when you do this, you can assign any path to the "my documents" folder, (and also the others listed,) this will be a permanent change and will cause that path to be the new destination for files saved to 'my documents' by the OS. the actual path does not HAVE to even have the word 'documents' in it...you could call it E:\bubbles if you want.

You would continue to 'save' your new docs to 'my documents', the OS would just be interpreting a new and different destination for the Save.

Should that resource become unavailable, you would have to perform a 'save-as' and then specify a valid save location.

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One of the pitfalls of using USB devices is that drive letters are typically assigned automatically. If you do not manually assign a drive letter that is not typically accessed by the fist say....4 USB drives, it is possible for the PC to become confused and start putting files to the wrong USB device. So assign your external a high drive letter like P for portable, and don't forget to include that in the new 'path' you put in the registry.

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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.
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Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer
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How to move/copy user files to external hard disc (wall or usb powered) so that productivity applications default-save to the external hard disc (virtual drive) folder via ...


When you connect an USB drive to a Windows machine, or a Mac the drive is shown. On a Windows machine in the explorer with a new drive letter, like D: or E: on a Mac it is on the desktop with a name.
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In explorer and on the Mac with finder, you also can move files around to any folder you want. On the internal drive or to the external drive.

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Does not allow transfer of files or pictures


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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How do you transfer the info on my hard drive to an external hard drive?


The easiest way is to use Windows Explorer to do it. (NOTE:This is not Internet Explorer.)

Go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Windows Explorer

When the window opens, you will notice 2 panes: left and right.

Click on the little + next to My Computer. You should see your external drive listed. (It will probably be an E: or F: drive if you don't have other drives attached.)

You can click on the + next to that drive too. If you have nothing on it, the + will just disappear.

I am assuming you want to transfer pictures or documents for backup.

You can "Drop and Drag" any files and folders to the new drive by doing just that. Say you want to transfer all your pictures. When you have clicked on the + sign and expanded the list on the left, now click on My Documents on the left pane. Everything in My Documents will now be listed on the right pane. Click and hold the left mouse button on the My Pictures folder on the right pane. Do not let the button go. Now drag it over to the left side over the new drive. It will become hi-lited. Now let go of the mouse button. Everything in your My Pictures folder will be copied to the new drive.

Repeat this procedure for all other files or complete folders you want to transfer.

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Turn your computer on. Plug the external drive. It should show in My computer window. Explore the external drive (by clicking on its icon in My computer). Point and select all you want to copy (CTRL A selects All) CTRL C. ( all that is selected will be marked for copying). Go to folder where you want to copy the files. Open the folder and CTRL V.

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Response to your Suggestion re: transferring files to external hard drive


This depends entirely on how the backup program you use works. Usually they will go with whichever file/folder has been edited most recently, so if you edit them on your backup drive, they will not be replaced by the ones on your C drive. It would probably be easier just to edit them on your C drive and let the backup program do all the transferring, though.

Also, if your drive comes with one, you should usually use it, and no, having two would be inadvisable because you would end up with two identical sets of your data on the same drive, which serves no logical purpose. 

Hopefully that is a more exact answer!

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