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Can't figure out how to access data i backed up on iomega external hard drive

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How was the data backed up? If it was a straight copy, you should be able to access the files just like you would any on your internal hard drive. If you used a particular piece of backup software, the means of accessing your files (restoring if that is what you need to do) depends on which software it was.

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You may need to use the software you used to do the initial backup to also recover it

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