Computers
Data Storage Devices
Hard Disk Drives

How does an external hard drive work?

444546

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered
2016-04-18 09:15:56
2016-04-18 09:15:56

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.

001
๐Ÿ˜‚
0
๐ŸŽƒ
0
๐Ÿคจ
0
๐Ÿ˜ฎ
0
User Avatar

Related Questions


You get another memory storage device, such as an external hard drive, and you copy everything on your hard drive onto the external hard drive, and keep it safe. That way, if your hard drive crashes, then you can take it out, and plug your external hard drive in, and work from that.


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


Disadvantages of an external hard drive


While external hard drives have the availability to work with multiple computers, it would be false to say every external hard drive works with every computer.


The fastest type of external hard drive would be a external 3.0 USB hard drive.


A USB flash drive is a type of external drive. If you meant external drive as an external hard drive, then no, there won't be any difference in the pictures. However, if you're archiving, I'd suggest an external hard drive, because they work best for archiving.


An external hard drive is an actual hard drive that connects to the computer through and USB port. And external backup drive can be a storage unit as to where files are uploaded.


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 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 keydrive 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 MyComputer 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 MyComputer) 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.


You can completely clear your external hard drive by formatting it.


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.


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.


---- # 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. ----


without a hard drive your PC wouldn't work at all. so you must have a hard drive, whether its internal or external...


The external hard drive is a great way of backing up your data.


Some of the benefits of the Lacie External Hard Drive are that one can take the External Hard Drive to wherever one need it, also that these External Hard Drives are practical and easy to take since they are small.


The volume label of an external hard drive refers to the string, which shows before the drive letter if you were to look at the drive using My Computer. For instance, if it is written External Drive:E, then the label is External Drive.


I do mean an external hard drive.


Actually, the external hard drive is not located in the computer. It is an external hard drive, which means it is on the outside of the computer. It is plugged into the computer's USB port with a cord.


There are many benefits of having an external hard drive. One of the best parts of an external hard drive is that you can take your personal files anywhere. This means that you can plug your hard drive into any computer, and see your stuff.


It is likely to depend on the speed of the external hard drive, although most newer external hard drives have a reasonable speed, so it is likely you will be fine wi th using an external hard drive.


An external hard drive is a peripheral device. An internal hard drive is a component.


Save it often and back it up on an external hard-drive.


There are a number of possible alternatives to a Samsung external hard drive. One could get an external drive from Western Digital, Toshiba or Seagate.


I would like to have an external hard drive to store our recorded videos. Is that possible?


External because they can hold as much capacity than portable one's.



Copyright ยฉ 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.