How to Use External Hard Drives

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Most external hard drives are used by plugging them into a computer or laptop with a USB connector. Copy data into an external hard drive to back up files with IT help from a software developer in this free video on using computers.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to use an external hard drives. Now most external hard drives come with what is called a USB connector which looks similar to this, it's got a little square connection here. And most computers have several USB ports. I'm going to plug my external hard drive into the USB port in my laptop. Now if we go to the computer, you can see that just immediately as I plugged it in, it opened up that external hard drive on my computer. And there's no data on there right now. I'm going to kind of minimize this a little bit where I can, where I can copy some data to it. Let's say we want to move this portfolio file to our external hard drive. Just right click on it, we're going to say copy and then inside of your external hard drive where it's empty, right click in the wide area and just say paste. Now that has copied this portfolio file to my external hard drive. Now that's a good idea to do backups of files and different things like that because you've taken this file now off of your computer while still on there. But you've made a copy of it on another media. So if this computer were to, you know, stop working or the hard drive die or something like that, I would still have a good backup copy over here on my external hard drive that I can just unplug and store in a drawer somewhere. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to use an external hard drive.

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