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Transferring data from an external hard drive

I bought a 640 GB external hard drive. Do I just plug it into my old computer to get all the info off of it? Then can I transfer the information off the external hard drive to my new computer? If so, How do I do it? Thanks

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  • Patty La Chapelle Mar 03, 2009

    I need more basic step by step information. I am a novice. Still don't understand. I was told it works just like a flashdrive. Thanks

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Best solution is to make an image of the PC and then use that image to transfer it back. Norton Ghost is a good application for that, but there are more.

Jules

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    Jules Peters Mar 03, 2009

    Well, when you plug the disk, it will be recognized and assigned a driver letter.
    You can use the Windows explorer to open the drive, which should simple show an empty drive at first.
    Open another explorer to your C: drive and then simply drag folders from the C: drive to the external hard drive in the other explorer.

    Norton Ghost is if you really want to create a mirror copy of the disk.

    Jules



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If you are having issues accessing the drive i've encountered that situation before

I tried a different cord and it started working again. Additionally i've had this work for me (see below)

Try This:


  1. Unplug all USB devices
  2. Turn off Ext Hard drive
  3. Shut down computer
  4. Power on ext hard drive (then wait like 1 min)
  5. Turn on computer
  6. Wait for windows to finish loading
  7. Plug in the USB cord from the ext hard drive to your computer (may take up to a minute for computer to recognize it)
  8. If it doesn't recognize it then keep trying it in different USB ports
If it still won't recognize get all the latest windows update and reboot. If that doesn't solve your issue try your external hard drive on some other computers, check to see if drive needs special drivers installed (which most don't).

From SimpleTech's website: "1) I have the drive plugged in but I cannot find the drive in "My Computer", why?
The most likely cause would be not enough power provided by a single USB port on your computer. Unplug the portable drive from the cable and unplug the cable from the computer. Now, plug the cable into 2 USB ports directly on your computer. (If you have a desktop, you should plug the USB cable directly into the USB ports on the back of the computer. If this is a laptop, you should plug directly into a USB ports on the computer. Do not plug into a USB hub or docking station). Then plug the drive into the cable. In a few seconds you should see the drive listed in the "My Computer" window as a SimpleDrivePS."

If all that fails you need to RMA (Return to Manufacturer) your external hard drive. Most hard drives have a pretty decent warranty on them. Your simpletech 250GB has a 3 year warranty on it. Info on the warranty can be found at http://www.simpletech.com/support/warranty/. If you want to RMA it, click the "Technical Support / RMA Request" on the left hand side of that page.

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