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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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…ore it will work! (MORE)
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
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 …choices so everyone can find something to suit their needs and they have great prices. You should also look for esata if you have that port as it is around 6x faster than usb 2.0. (MORE)
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 …additional external hard drive has become extremely popular. It is any hard with respect to computer that is outside of the computer case. Usually external drives have enclosure and can be connected through USB, Firewire or E-Sata. (MORE)
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.
What is the best 300GB external hard drive you can get for a reasonable price that works with a mac?
Answer . \nRight now you can get a LaCie drive for about $140 that holds 320GB. I've used LaCie before and have been happy with their performance.
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
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.
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…dding more Ram. If you don't know how to do these things, perhaps a visit to a computer store would be your best bet. (MORE)
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 (…Megabyte.)Generally, external hard drives don't exist as MB, but rather high amounts of GB and TB. Depending on how much the drive can hold, will fall completely on cost. However, it's easy to find an expensive brand with the same amount of storage as a cheaper brand. It's all just personal preference on if you want to buy a better quality material that will last longer, or something that could break easily, but still holds the same storage. (MORE)
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…rd drive, as well as the means of connectivity that you wish. As an example, you can have a 3.5" IDE hard drive enclosure that connects to your computer with a USB cable. Most computer stores have hard drive enclosure. The best place to get one is probably tigerdirect.com. There are many of them available on eBay. (MORE)
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.
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…n 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. (MORE)
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 …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. (MORE)
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…al hard drive and paste the file into the appropriate folder. (MORE)
"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.
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…SB device as the first boot device. (MORE)
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…re and look at the drive - it's usually just a regular drive (or tiny notebook drive). It will also have whatever adapters are needed by the enclosure to supply power, a data interface, and maybe lights or fans. You can remove the drive from the enclosure and put it in a computer. You may need a different mounting kit if the drive is too small, or an interface adapter if your computer doesn't have the same interface. (MORE)
go to "my computer" . browse to your external hard drive . then open another "my computer" window . drag and drop the file(s) you want to the window displaying the 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…he 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. (MORE)
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…nnect to the hostcomputer. The internal structure of external hard disk drives is similar tonormal hard disk drives; in fact, they include a normal hard diskdrive which is mounted in a disk enclosure. In a 2009 ComputerShopper comparison of 5 top external hard drives, the capacitiesranged from 160 GB to 4TB and the cost per gigabyte value variedbetween ~0.16-0.38 USD. Larger models often include full-sized 3.5"PATA or SATA desktop hard drives, are available in the same sizeranges, and generally carry a similar cost. More pricey models,especially drives with biometric security or multiple interfaces,generally cost considerably more per gigabyte. Smaller, portable2.5" drives intended for laptop and embedded devices are slightlymore 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 (MORE)
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.
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 …settings on the HDD following any other answers that you find, shut down your computer and remove the HDD and give it a couple of good whacks against the wall/floor. Don't destroy it or try to break the case but when I had this error ... it is the only thing that worked and keep in mind that a HDD is just a fancy record player and sometimes, they do get stuck. Keep the backup that you made and do an error checking pass or two on the drive after you get it working again. Sometimes the answer isn't a tech problem, it's just a mechanical one but seriously, Back everything up - there would be a reason why it went funny in the first place. (MORE)
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…s 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. (MORE)
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
the main advantage of an external drive is it being portable. it is not necessary to unplug unless you want to connect it to another computer.
Very well, I use a WD Passport on my MacBook with no problems along with a slew of flash sticks, not an ounce of problems.
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…here, 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. (MORE)
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.
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…ftware for that. Personally, I use Ghost, but there are a number of other programs out there. Just do a search for "Drive Image Software" and you'll find lots. (MORE)
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.
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…e fans to keep them cool. so i would go for desktop external hard drive. (MORE)
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… those you can format the drive and just use it as an external :). although the Â£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 Â£50 (MORE)
Hard drives in external disk drives are simply standard drives so it is possible to unscew them and put them in a pc. However it would be easier to buy a standard internal drive and copy the data across
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.
The most likely reason is that the drive was formatted with a Linux file system. Reformatting the drive to NTFS or FAT32 will make the drive usable in Windows. You could also install an ext4 driver in Windows to access the drive without reformatting it.
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.
Modern disk drive construction more or less requires drives to have at least one partition. Whether the drive is internal or external is immaterial.
Install all your programs on it and install your OS on it (OS = operating system) I for one wouldn't recommend installing an OS on an external hard drive though.
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.
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…on't know how it can be changed back to it's original state, so I could still use it. Any help?! (MORE)
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…sts much. The last solution is to use software to encrypt the files in flash drive. Kakasoft USB security is a good freeware. . (MORE)
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.
If its via usb then no. USB is to slow its only like 3 mbs a sec.
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.
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.
You cannot use a external hard drive on a Xbox 360 console without modding or formatting the hard drive to work on the console. I would not recommend doing this but if you are wanting to do this anyways, there are many tutorials on youtube.
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.
Any Firewire hard drive is best for a MAC. You can get either an empty one and install the software yourself or can buy the external hard drive with software pre loaded.
An external hardrive can be bought at almost every electronic or normal store, but can also be bought on several websites, like Newegg, Tesco and Amazon.