Toshiba Storage device help? External Hard Drive?
Question: I am out of memory on my laptop so I bought an external hard drive today to put some pictures and stuff on but I have no clue how to work it and the directions don't help. I have it installed but can anybody tell me how to move pictures on it and then transfer them to another computer. Thanks
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Ok, I have no idea how familiar you are with the way your laptop works and also no idea what type of system you have, or hard drive. So this may not work. Possibly the easiest way to transfer files is drag and drop so you'll need to open up the folder for your hard drive. To do this you need to find something called 'My Computer'. with any luck there is an icon on your desktop with this name, if so, double-click it. If not, click START and there should be a button in that menu. Once that is opened, you should see a list (with icons) of all the areas of your computer. For example "3 1/2 Floppy (A:)" and "DVD/CD-RW Drive (E:)". That list should include your External hard drive which should be related to the hard drive in some way, for instance, the name for my hard drive is the model number. If this is the latest thing you have added to your computer, the letter in the brackets after the name will also be the latest in the alphabet. Once you have found your hard drive icon, double click. This will open up the folder for your hard drive. This folder will either have a few folders and files already in it or will appear blank. If there are files, you can create a new folder to avoid confusion, just click 'File' then 'New' and select 'Folder'. Now open the folder you just created. Keeping that window open. You now need to find the files you want to transfer, there are two ways of doing this. Minimize the window for now and open 'My Computer' again, then double-click 'Owners Documents' (It might be called 'My Documents'). That folder should open and you should see a list of folders such as 'My Music' or 'My Photos'. If you want to move a picture, double click 'my photos' and your photos should come up (you may be shown another bunch of folders, possible arranged by date they were added, just look through each folder until you find the photo you want to move). If you can't find your pic that way, click START and then 'Search' then 'For Files or Folders'. a search bar should open up, enter the file name of your picture and click 'Go' and the computer will find it for you. Once the pic is found, it will tell you exactly where it is so in future you can use the 'My Computer' method instead. Once you've found your photo, make the window smaller by click the button to the left of the 'X' in the top right of the window, then open up the window we opened earlier for your hard drive and do the same. Then move the windows side by side. Now just click the icon or name of the photo you want to move and keep the button pressed down, move the mouse with the button depressed, from that window to the other. The file should be moving with your mouse, once in the window for the hard drive, let go of the button. The Icon should then appear there and you may see a brief window pop up showing the progress of the transfer. Once done, the file should now be both on your laptop and on your hard drive. To move files from the hard drive to the laptop, just do the same thing, click, drag and drop. If this explanation has confused you more than ever, I suggest you find a tech savvy friend or relative to show you. but I hope it helped.
First you would need an external drive (one that you can attach and detach from one pc to another). Then you would attach it to the older pcs and transfer the data from the folders in the old pc to the "removable storage device" which is the external drive using windows explorer (found in the Accessories part of your Program list). *How to transfer the files (after attaching the external drive to the older pcs): Find the folders with the data you seek on the pc, highlight the data, left click, then "send" to "removable storage device." Keep repeating this for all files. If you want to choose more than one file to transfer (rather than one at a time) click on the file to highlight it and while holding down the "cntrl" select more files. Left click and send. Once this is done you can remove the device when everything is transferred. You do that on both pcs. To transfer the data from the external drive to your new pc: Attach the external drive. The pc will pick up the drive by making a sound. A window will pop up asking you if you want to Open to view the files or copy the files to your pc. Choose which operation you want. And that is it. You can also keep the files on the external drive in order to save disk space on your internal hard drive. You should back up any files anyways in case something goes wrong during the transfers. I hope this helps.
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