How does an external hard drive work?

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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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How do you install an external hard drive?

Answer . \nYou don't install external HDD's, you just plug them in. Usually they are USB now days which is plug and play. If this is not the case, google the model number and search the manufacturer's site for the info you seek; a driver may need to be downloaded from their site and installed bef (MORE)

Internal hard drive to external hard drive?

if you want to know if you can go from internal hard drive to external hard drive, then the answer is yes. you can purchase an internal hard drive and external hard drive

What is the best External Hard drive?

Well, there are lot of options when it comes to external hard drives but I would suggest Buffalo Tech. Buffalo offers a wide variety of reliable solutions for all your portable storage and backup needs with compact hard drives or RAID systems with up to four separate hard drives. They have a lot of (MORE)

What is an external hard drive?

A hard drive is a computer component that holds data. Every computer needs at least one hard drive to store its operating system, programs and user information. This drive is usually internal, however, as computer systems have evolved and different needs, threats, and circumstances have arisen, the (MORE)

What external hard drives work with Windows ME?

Any external hard drive that presents itself as a standard USB Mass Storage device should work in Windows ME. This is about 95% of the drives on the market. Note that large hard drives may perform very slowly with the FAT32 file system, and Windows ME does not support NTFS.

How do you rename an external hard drive?

you can only rename partitions when unmounted. So what I would try is to unmount the drive, fire up GParted and rename the partition. But you could also connect it to a windows box and do it from there. But then you would need a windows box, and not everyone has that readily available

Do external hard drives have ram?

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 ram.

Can Having an external hard drive make your computer work better?

Answer. External Hard Drives are usually used to back up files in case of a crash you have all of your files on an external Hard Drive. As far as making your computer work better, sorry, it doesn't work that way. If you want to improve the performance of your computer try changing the CPU chip or a (MORE)

What are the best external hard drives?

While the brand doesn't necessarily matter, it pays a role in the quality and durability of the product. What you really want to look for is how much memory it holds. Generically the higher the number, the higher the storage. But, TB (Terabyte) is higher than GB (Gigabyte,) which is higher than MB ( (MORE)

How do you change a internal hard drive to a external hard drive?

The easiest way to make an internal hard drive portable is to purchase what's called a hard drive enclosure. Hard drive enclosures are kits that have everything you need to make your own portable hard drive. Make sure you get a hard drive enclosure that matches the size and interface type as your ha (MORE)

What are the advantages of external hard drives?

External hard drives allow you to clear up space on your main C: drive or just backup important documents. Some hard drives even allow you to password protect the entire drive. External hard drives are often a cheap and easy way to store and backup data.

What are the advantages of an external hard drive?

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 i (MORE)

How do you convert a hard drive to an external drive?

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 one 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 (MORE)

How do you clone an internal hard drive to external hard drive?

There are a few ways to do it. This applies to a PC only. First, go to Windows Explorer. You can go there by right-clicking the start button. Next, click "My Computer" on the left. There should be a drive that is called: "Local Disk (C:)". Right click it. Click "Copy". Then go over the your extern (MORE)

How can you fix an external hard drive?

"Fixing" something requires knowledge of what is wrong with it. Since there is more than one way for something to break, there is more than one way of fixing something. Without further information about your problem, it is impossible to help you.

Can you replace a laptop hard drive with an external hard drive?

No because most external ones need software and you cant store thesoft ware on the external one This is inaccurate. An external (USB) hard drive can replace aninternal drive providing that the operating system is located onthe external drive AND the BIOS boot sequence is set to allowbooting from a U (MORE)

How do you change an external hard drive to an internal hard drive?

Connect the drive to a computer, use the device manager or system profiler (mac) to try to determine the model of the drive. From that, you can google the model and find out the capacity, interface style (IDE, SCSI, SATA), form-factor (regular or notebook), etc. Then open the external drive enclosu (MORE)

Can you format external hard drive?

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 t (MORE)

What is a external hard drive?

An external hard disk drive is a type of hard disk drive which isconnected to a computer by a USB cable or other means. Modernentries into the market consist of standard SATA, IDE, or SCSI harddrives in portable disk enclosures with USB, eSATAp, eSATA, SCSI,IEEE 1394 Firewire client interfaces to co (MORE)

How much are External Hard Drives?

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 anywhere from $30 to $200.

How unlock an external hard drive?

I had this issue with my hard drive locking up all of a sudden and without warning and found no useful information anywhere on the net at all. Fortunatly, most of the time you can usually back up the data on the hard drive and I suggest you do so. Secondly, if you cannot rename the drive or fix the (MORE)

What is much better 32gb external hard drive or the 500gb 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 priced at the same, you're paying much more per GB.. Secondly, you need to compare the speed of the drives. The slowest hard drive (MORE)

How do you choose an external hard drive?

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 need a very big one

How do you use an external hard drive?

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 (operating system) or MAC will begin to auto-install the 'device software' and make it compatible and capable for your PC. From t (MORE)

What is a TB external hard drive?

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.

How can you transfer the hard drive from your computer to your external hard drive?

You can copy the files to the external hard drive simply by dragging/dropping them from the folders on your internal drive to your external drive. However, if you want a complete backup of your system so that it can be restored if your internal hard drive should fail, you will need to use backup so (MORE)

Is a external hard drive repairable?

Everything is repairable... If you can get the case open its just a regular hard drive inside you can replace it. If its a cheap brand you may be better off replacing it.

External hard drive vs portable hard drive?

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 damage. Desktop External Hard drive stores a lot of data, they are not easily damaged but costs a lot more money, and they hav (MORE)

Can a PS3 hard drive be used as a external hard drive?

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 SATA 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 (MORE)

Can a External hard drive replace an internal hard drive?

In a sense, you could boot windows from it but it would likely not be ideal on a laptop. A Desktop could boot from it, again not ideal, however you can move your media (EG, i tunes...) to the external and free up internal space.

What is the purpose of an external hard drive?

It allows you to take files with you from one PC to another. It is also a safe way to back up your files and keep them separate from your PC in the event of a virus or theft or some other computer meltdown that would result in permanent data loss.

Are external hard drives reliable?

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.

How can you restore your External Hard Drive?

I bought a 500 GB Seagate external hard drive, and I was going to FAT32 format it so It could be used with a PS3. Unfortunately, I deleted the entire partition off of it, and now it no longer is recognized as a mass storage device. It will come up as "Portable" under my devices and printers, but I d (MORE)

How do you encrypt an external hard drive?

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 co (MORE)

Can Apple TV work as a external hard drive?

The current Apple TV has no hard drive. The original can be used to store and stream supported media over a local network through iTunes, but it cannot be used for storing programs or as a backup drive. An Apple Time Capsule does that.

What is a internal and external hard drive?

A hard drive on a computer is the part that stores all of your saved data. The difference between internal and external hard drives is that an internal hard drive is inside the casing of your computer and an external hard drive is on the outside.

What are external hard drives used for?

External hard drives are used for storing documents, pictures, videos and any other computer files. The external hard drive can be plugged into any computer so it makes the files more portable. Many people use external hard drives as a way of backing up files.