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Transfer of music from p/c to external hard drive

I have a Dell inspiron 530 p/c,with windows vista.I have added a Western Digital "my passport essential".I thought I could drag music files to hard drive.but, it doesn't allow me to do this. What are the correct steps? thank you.

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It should allow you to drag and drop any files into the drive. The only thing I can think if is that you are trying to drag them from a program like iTunes or something, which won't work. You need to drag them from the actual folder they are in. If that does not work, then a foolproof idea would be to install the backup software that comes with the drive and use it to copy the data you want. Or just copy and paste...

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What are the step by step instructions for transferring photos from my computer to my passport essential se. my computer has windows xp


Hi Welcome to FixYa!
Just simply follow the steps for you to be able to transfer files from your computer into your external hdd.
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> transfer from Mac to PC ... how ?

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* use Ethernet cables to connect the network-port on each computer to a "router" (one of those boxes that "splits" your Internet signal, and might provide "wireless" access inside your home), and then enable "file-sharing" on both computers.
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hi ,

looks like u primary hard drive is inside the laptop and so should be displayed as c : drive ,

and the reason , the external hard drive is not displayed seperately is csue ., the external HD  may be added as slave to the internal HD .,

can u tell me ,make a right click on c:/ drive and choose properties : and tell the totalsize dispalyed 

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