Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 750GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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How do I get started???

I just installed/ hooked up the WD 750 my book essential but I do not know how to use it.
How do I put pictures or documents into it. I see that my computer recogizes it, I just do not know how to pull it up. It does not come with a manual. Please help

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    Thank you very much for your help and for your time

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  • firewolf708 Jan 03, 2009

    Great! It worked!!

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Hi firewolf708,

You’re going to love your WD 750! The way WD set up your drive is like a spare hard drive. To access it you will click on My Computer, and you'll see your C:\\(local Drive) and your WD 750 might be called X:\\(My Book) . (X = new letter of drive possible E: or F: and so on) All you have to do is click on that My Book drive and you have one very large folder to start copying and pasting into. It's just that simple. A good plan for navigating to it on a continuous method is, when your are at the My Computer screen that shows you both your C:\\ drive and your X:\\ drive right click the X:\\ drive and mouse over Create a Shortcut. Once the system creates the shortcut you receive a message that it can't create a shortcut in that area, but it can create one and send it to your desktop. You want to click on yes, and when you go back to your desktop, you'll find a easy icon that you can click to access that drive with a few clicks.

Have Fun!


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