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Old 07-20-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Please explain to me what an external hard drive is and what it does.

Speak slowly and use simple words.

Thank you.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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It's.

Just.

a.


Kidding. It's just a 'storage' device. You plug it into your computers USB port and then you can put tons of files on there rather than your computers hard drive if that is full. You can easily transfer the files from the external hard drive to the computer, etc.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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I just got my first one and it really is simple enough even for me to use.
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I love my external hard drive.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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Do I need to leave it plugged in to my USB port?

eta: Thanks, Sicy.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:43 PM   #6
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Nope. Only when you need to use it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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Well, now. I have some thinkin' to do.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:40 PM   #8
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don't bother with the Seagate Expansion drive. My 2TB version is heading back to the store. It constantly disconnects and reconnects itself from the computer.

Looking at getting the Western Digital My Book. or My Book Elite.
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I have an external HD that I purchased about 2 years ago when I got my MacBook and back then the 250 GB was less than $89. Now the capacities are enormous and at lower prices. The advantages of backing up your content into these devices is priceless.

Great investment.
What type of computer do you have Martha?
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:43 PM   #10
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Martha, I can't remember if you have or use a Mac at home or not. If you do, I highly recommend you first set the external / portable hard drive up on a PC first. Makes it easier to use between both a PC and a Mac. If you set it up / plug it into a Mac first, the Mac formatting makes it considerably more difficult to switch between the two.

I've been bringing one to work with me for years now. I keep my entire music collection on it, so I can use iTunes at work and leave the iPod at home. Pretty handy to have around. I recommend the Western Digital brand, as they're fairly small and easy to haul around.
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For Mac users...having an external HD as your Time Machine is awesome. It has saved my wife's info after a computer crash at least twice.

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I've been consistently more happy with the small, portable Western Digital ext. HDs, than any of the bigger, wall-plug types.


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^me too. I purchased a 250GB MyBook 5 years ago, and within a year it was dead. It has become the burial place of my Vertigo 2005 photos.

I've been meaning to take it to one of the mom and pop computer shops near my house to see if they can recover the data. I think the problem is just power, because it won't even turn on.

Since then I've only purchased the portable kind, also from Western Digital. I've dropped them from time to time, although not while running, and they all still work fine.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:02 PM   #13
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Ok, some of you have started to use big words.

I have a white iMac desktop at home, and a silver, big-ass iMac at work. I have no PC anywhere in my life.

I'm mostly interested in backing up my photos and music. Can I do that and still leave the photos and music on the desktop computer and just use the external drive as a back-up?
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Yes, definitely. You can put whatever you want on it.

I've been toying with the idea of getting one, if nothing else to use as a backup.
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Yep, back up is what I got mine for. I decided I had too much I didn't want to lose.
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