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I have recently purchased a new p.c. i didnt want to lose my files from my old p.c so i bought a maxtor 500gb external hard drive to back up my files and put them onto my new p.c, i am a novice and not very knowledgeable about these sort of things so i would be very greatfull if you could help me, thankyou

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Click on the my computer or navigate to the area where you can see the C:\ drive under there if the maxtor usb external drive is plugged in and powered on it should appear - the maxtor may even say maxtor in the name or properties when clicked on. but its size of 470ish? odd megabytes should e a give away this will be the maxtor especially if its not your C:\ drive.

Once identified
Open the my documents, right click with the mouse select make new folder, name it something relevant to what files you are going to place in it from the maxtor drive - you can just type this name in or click on the file menu and rename if you make an error.

Next navigate to the maxtor drive open this its icon will look similar to the C:\ drive icon its likely to be an E:\ drive depending on your units configuration.

Next double click the icon not the name to open the drive we'll call it E:\ for arguments sake. In here depending on the file structure will be your old saved data.
You can either have open the C:\ drive at the same time as the E:\ drive, so both drives contents are visible on screen at the same time - then drag and drop the files using a left click from the E:\ and dropping the files into the C:\ drives new folder youve just created.

Essentialy this doesnt need to be done as you can still access / open the older files straight from the E:\ drive.
If however you want to back up the files then drag and drop them - hold left click release when in area that you want to save file in.

Do's & Donts
Do remember to copy not cut.
Do create multiple folders with a relevant names or you could get confussed to as where your data has gone.
Do remember to create your new folders first so you dont get issues later.

Donts
If the old files are all in one big folder on your maxtor drive dont just drag and drop the whole large folder, many smaller 10 to 15GB folders with an appropriate name is preferable whilist potentially harder to manage, will open quicker than a single 110GB folder.

If you get stuck with the drag and drop method one can right click on the appropriate file once and select copy from the context menu that appears. Then double left click on the new folder and right click and paste the file..

good luck

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It's important to lose your files from time to time, but you can also use a migration tool to help you, or just pull the drive from the old machine to keep spare in the new machine (and put a fresh drive in the old machine unless you are going to recycle it.)  Imaging the old drive won't work if you have much encryption going on.

  It's simple to observe: Know what you're doing!  Read books on PC operating systems (e.g. bsd and windows) and keep very good track of what you want to preserve and what you could be doing better.

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