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HOW TO TRANSFER DATA FROM A DESKTOP TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

SAMSUNG 160 GB PORTABLE HARD DRIVE, I'M HAVING TROUBLE PULLING DATA FROM A DELL DESKTOP ONTO THE HARD DRIVE.

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    This is the most basic problem.. I don't know which command to use on the FreeAgent menu to transfer data from my hard drive. None say ''transfer data" It was set up for me, files were transferred by a friend who is no longer available to tell me how to do it. I can see my files listed, but have no idea how to recopy them [with the updates]. Yes, there really are people who don't know how to manage files. Many thanks for some instruction.

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I am guessing this is a USB hard drive. Is there a write protection on it? What are you trying to copy? You may have to limit the size of transfers and do multiple moves/copys. Or alternately you may use a backup program which may yeild better results depending on what you are trying to do, but also tends to be more consuming.

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