I highly recommend investing in a mobile external hard disk if you have never backed up your data or need additional storage space to backing up information, and if you travel a lot and need access to your personal data on the go. Feel free to visit my blog where I discuss specific variables to consider when buying the best external hard drive.
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If you have a pc and you have private data on it, then you need to be backing up. There are many ways to backup your PC, however in this article I will talk about only one of these ways – Backing up your documents with an external hard drive.
Let’s cover the prerequisites:
– Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7.
– Administrative access to your PC (do not worry, you most likely already have this).
– You know exactly what you would like to backup. These are things like pictures, music, documents, desktop items and favorites.
– You have 1 free usb 2.0 port on your computer.
– You’ve saved all files that are open and shut any open programs (such as word or excel).
There are two fundamental ways to backup data to a hard disk: manual and automatic. I’m going to be discussing the manual backup procedure for private files. Let us begin.
Switch in your PC and login.
Connect your drive to your PC with the supplied USB 2.0 cable. If your drive requires external power from and AC adaptor then plugin that into.
The external hard drive will automatically be installed, mounted and also given a drive letter.
Now we’ve established that the drive is packed in Windows we could begin copying data to it.
Backing up a document to an external hard drive is an easy process. Open your external drive, select the files and folders you would like to copy and drag them into the external hard drive. The files are now copied to the external hard drive basically backing them up.