External hard drives are extremely easy to use, simply attach the devices cable into your computer’s USB port and  if the power supply is external, plug it in.  In most cases, the necessary software will automatically install on your computer. Now you’re ready to use your new storage device.

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How to use an external hard drive

Are you looking to add extra storage to your computer or a place to backup and store important files?  Then, you’ll want to invest in an external hard drive. External hard drives are devices that hold data on a standard 2.5″ or 3.5″ internal hard drive which is enclosed in a case with a USB or with a FireWire or eSATA interface added to it.

An external hard drive is just like your computer’s hard drive except it has not been installed into your PC but is encased in it’s own enclosure. A majority of external hard drives are portable and some have their own cooling system or shock protection built-in. Using an external hard drive as a backup solution costs far less than paying for data recovery while reducing the chance for data loss. Before you buy an external hard drive, you should consider the type and size of the documents you plan to store on the drive. External hard drives range in capacity from 500GB to 4TB or more.

Like stated above depending on the interface of the particular external hard drive, it can be connected to any computer with a USB, Firewire, or eSATA port. This allows you to easily share files with other computers. Once connected, the computer may ask to install specific software. Some software allows you to schedule automatic backups and will let you determine which files you want to copy.

Since many people forget to backup files before it’s too late, this can be an especially handy feature. Now all you have to do is drag files into the external hard drive’s folder.

External hard drive data recovery

Although external hard drives are removable mobile storage devices,  they share many properties found in the internal hard drives we’re all familiar with today.  Just as the case with an internal drive, if you are having issues with your external hard drive follow this link to read how to perform a hard disk health check or click on this link for more information on hard drive data recovery  found on our website. Options such as emergency data recovery service or remote data recovery services are also available for external hard disk drive users.

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