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External hard drive, how do I transfer to it?

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  • butchs22 Jul 21, 2008

    i bought this external hd, hooked it up and nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

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You are probably not doing anything wrong - you just need to know where to look.

Assuming you are running a version of Windows, hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and then hit the "E" key. This should bring up Windows Explorer, showing all the disk on the left-hand side pane.

You should see your main system disk, the C: drive, and any other drives. Your new external drive should also be shown, probably as a D: E:, or F: drive, and will likely have the name of the manufacturer of the drive (e.g. Buffalo).

To copy files to it, click on the "+" sign to the left of the C: drive and then on any folders you see. The files in these folders will display in the right-hand side pane. To copy the files to the external drive, click on the file(s) on the right side and drag them over to the left-hand side on top of the external drive and release the mouse button.

To select multiple files, hold down the CTRL key as you click on them on the right-hand side, or if you want to copy a range of files, first click on the first file and then hold down the SHIFT key as you click on the last file. Then drag them over to the left-hand side.

Hope this solves your problem.

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If you using windows ME or newer the drive should show up under "My Computer" You can drag and drop files to it.

If the drive still has not shown up try these steps.

1. Make sure external drive power is on
2. If it came with software it may need to be installed first.
3. Plug in drive with computer off first. (usually not needed but may help)
4. Try the drive on another computer is possible to rule out faulty drive/usb adapter.

Some external drives require power from the computer, if this drive has no power adapter, you will want to ensure that you do not have a lot of other USB devices plugged in. You should hear a sound or get a message with the drive is detected.

Jei

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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