How To Install External Hard Drive
Learning how to install an external hard drive is a very simple and straightforward task, one that does not require tools or a lot of time. Unlike internal hard drives, external hard drives do not require opening up the computer case, saving you time and effort while eliminating the frustration that could occur when trying to install an internal hard drive. External hard drives are available at any reputable outlet that supplies computer accessories and with prices starting at below $50, they are also very affordable. External hard drives are available in both large and small form factors that give you choices in storage space and portability.
- An external hard drive
- Power cable
- USB, Firewire or eSATA cable
- Connecting the power supply. Your external hard drive will come with an external power supply. Plug the power supply into an AC outlet, then plug the other end of the power supply into the external hard drive
- Connecting to the computer. Connect the Firewire, USB or eSATA cable to the external power supply, and then connect the other end of the cable to the computer. Most external hard drives with come with a USB cable, unless otherwise specified. If your current cable is too short, your local computer shop should have longer cables in stock.
- Testing the hard drive. Your hard drive should be ready for use. Navigate to your computer’s storage area and look for a new, empty drive. In some cases, there will also be a prompt alerting you that your new drive is connected and ready for use.