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How does an external hard drive work?
Think of an external hard drive like a normal hard drive working outside your computer, they work very much in the same way. Normally (unless you are using a SCSI, PATA, or eSATA hard drive), they can be connected to your computer via a Firewire or USB connection. If you have a key-drive (aka USB memory stick), they work like a miniature external hard drive in the sense that they store date in an external format; an external hard drive is just like a large key-drive. With both a key-drive and an external hard drive, you simply connect it to your computer, and access its files. When you want to access your internal hard drive, you go to My Computer and then select the C: drive; The external hard drive is a similar process, you select it's icon (located either on the desktop or My Computer) and then you can access its files like a normal hard drive. You can drag files out of it onto your desktop, or alternatively, drag files into it to transfer files from your computer.
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At Circuit City, or some other computer store, there are kits sold that will make this easy. Find a kit that is an IDE to USB converter. All it is, is a cable that in on…e end will plug into the IDE on the internal hard drive and the other end is USB connector that will plug right into a USB port on your computer or laptop. There is also another cable that comes with the kit that is the power supply for the hard drive. This kits makes your internal hard drive into an external hard drive, but you will need a safe place to put the hard drive because of the exposed pieces. You can make a home made box just the right size with little holes for the cables to go through and of course a way to aerate the box. Also, it helps if your USB ports are USB 2.0 so that the data will travel fast enough.
Yes. However, formatting the drive is not a guaranteed way of erasing it. In most versions of Windows, you can right-click on the drive letter in Windows Explorer and select… "Format". For a Mac, use "Disk Utility." There are two 'panes.' Click the drive name in the left pane. Click "Erase" in the right pane. In the Format window, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) In Name window, Type a name for the Hard Drive that you want to see on the desktop when the drive is mounted. Click 'Erase.' Wait for it to finish. Quit Disk Utility. Your empty drive will appear on the desktop. Formatting takes some space from the drive. For example a 100 GB drive will only have something like 90 GB free.
An external hard disk drive is a type of hard disk drive which is connected to a computer by a USB cable or other means. Modern entries into the market consist of standard… SATA, IDE, or SCSI hard drives in portable disk enclosures with USB, eSATAp, eSATA, SCSI, IEEE 1394 Firewire client interfaces to connect to the host computer. The internal structure of external hard disk drives is similar to normal hard disk drives; in fact, they include a normal hard disk drive which is mounted in a disk enclosure. In a 2009 Computer Shopper comparison of 5 top external hard drives, the capacities ranged from 160 GB to 4TB and the cost per gigabyte value varied between ~0.16-0.38 USD. Larger models often include full-sized 3.5" PATA or SATA desktop hard drives, are available in the same size ranges, and generally carry a similar cost. More pricey models, especially drives with biometric security or multiple interfaces, generally cost considerably more per gigabyte. Smaller, portable 2.5" drives intended for laptop and embedded devices are slightly more expensive in cost per GB compared with larger capacity 3.5" drives. Small MP3 players, previously built aroun: partitionwizard.com/resizepartition/resize-external-hard-drive.html
choose one that would be best for you, if you play games lot on the computer then get a relatively big one, if you just do documents or papers on your computer then you dont n…eed a very big one
A TB external hard drive means that the storage capacity of the particular hard drive is equal to 1 TB or terabyte. A terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes or GB.
No. An external hard drive doesn't have ram in it. It only has storage space. Ram is a special chip that goes inside slots inside your computer. Each computer uses different r…am.
Yes. all your PS3 Hard drive is, is most probably a laptop Drive, and is most definitely SATA. you will need to buy a HDD Enclosure/Caddy relevant to your drive, either 3.5 SA…TA OR 2.5 SATA. i would sway towards 2.5 over 3.5 i highly doubt it has a desktop drive in there. anyway once you have one of those you can format the drive and just use it as an external :). although the £30 your gonna spend on an enclosure and the hassle of formatting it id say just go to PC World and buy an external HDD for aboiut £50
External hard drive prices vary depending on the size on the hard drive you want to purchase. The more storage space on the drive, the higher the price will be. They can be an…ywhere from $30 to $200.
They are both the same. But the only way of expressing both is that portable hard drive are much smaller and don't hold as much capacity, and can be easily vunerable to dama…ge. Desktop External Hard drive stores a lot of data, they are not easily damaged but costs a lot more money, and they have fans to keep them cool. so i would go for desktop external hard drive.
When comparing hard drives, there are many factors to consider. If a 500GB hard drive is priced at $100, you are paying 20 cents per Gigabyte. If a 32GB hard drive is pri…ced at the same, you're paying much more per GB. Secondly, you need to compare the speed of the drives. The slowest hard drives still readily available are 5400 rpm. Next is the 7200 rpm drives (this is the standard), then there are the super-fast 10,000 rpm Velociraptor drives. Even faster than that are the new Solid State Disks, that have much smaller capacities but incredibly fast access times, most of those being able to read or write around 100 MB/sec. To say one drive is better than the other would be an uneducated statement. Compare the two drives. Is one more affordable? What are your data storage needs? Which method does each drive hook up to the computer? USB? eSata? Firewire? For more information, I recommend searching CNET for hard drive customer reviews.
The advantages of an external hard drive are that you have a separate place to store your information other than your computer. The reason why this is so important is because …if you computer was destroyed (somehow), chucked out a window, or got a virus, then you would still have your data with you in your external hard drive. In some cases, depending on how much damage the hard drive has taken, it is possible to recover your information from your computer by removing the hard drive of the broken computer and connecting it into another, but the problem with this is, if it was a virus infection on your computer, it would have gotten into every file and program on your computer - connecting your old hard drive with your new computer is the last thing you would ever want to do.
No because most external ones need software and you cant store the soft ware on the external one This is inaccurate. An external (USB) hard drive can replace an inte…rnal drive providing that the operating system is located on the external drive AND the BIOS boot sequence is set to allow booting from a USB device as the first boot device.
External hard drives usually come with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector to plug into your computer. Once you plug your hard drive in and turn it on, your Windows OS (ope…rating system) or MAC will begin to auto-install the 'device software' and make it compatible and capable for your PC. From there, you can explore your hard drive by opening up your 'My Computer' folder located on your desktop or Start Menu, and clicking on an icon that says something along the lines of 'USB mass storage'. You can double click on this icon to explore the files currently on it. You can back up files on your computer by copying your document folder to your hard drive (granted the hard drive may not have enough space to do this) or copying other vital folders. You can save your music to the drive too. And you can also directly save Word Documents and other various program data directly to the hard drive itself. One more important thing, never disconnect the hard drive while it is still on, this could permanently damage your files and make them corrupt and unusable. See the links below for more information.
Yes they are. They're also a VERY good way of backing up all the information on your computer in case it gets stolen ! Most external hard-drives simply connect to a spare USB …port - making them quick and easy to use.
There're three ways to password protect flash drive. The first one is to use BitLocker if you are using Win7, Win 8, this feature is designed for drive protection. The second …is to purchase encryption flash drive hardware such as Kingdom, this kind of drive has built-in encryption feature, but it costs much. The last solution is to use software to encrypt the files in flash drive. Kakasoft USB security is a good freeware.
No, external burners coppy disks like CDs, DVDs, or in blueray disks while external hard drives store information, think of it like the difference between a photocopier and a …filing cabinet.