How To Install An External Hard Drive
The need to store digital music, movie, and photo files on computers has also created a need to know how to install an external hard drive. An external hard drive is a great way to increase your storage space on your personal computer. While you won't be able to install your primary operating system on an external hard drive, it's a great place to store program files and other files that tend to take up a lot of disc space. There are many economical options when it comes to external hard drives these days and most of the time you can easily add several hundred gigabytes of storage space for under a hundred dollars. The majority of external hard drives available at computer and electronics stores are designed for easy installation and most of them offer the plug and play feature.
What you will need in order to install an external hard drive on your computer:
- An external hard drive with enclosed cables
- Software for the external hard drive
Once you have your new external hard drive, it will be easy to set up and start using.
- To get the best results, you will want to turn the power off to your computer and then plug in the power source for your new external hard drive and then connect the USB or firewire cable to your personal computer. Once you have done this, you can reboot your personal computer and most of the time it will recognize your new hardware and take you through the installation steps automatically.
- If your new external hard drive came with software that you will need in order for it to function properly, install the new software and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Once your new external hard drive has been installed and recognized by your personal computer, it will show up as a new drive listed with your other hard drive and can be used to store new programs, to backup important files, or just as some much needed extra storage space. An external hard drive is an excellent solution for backing up important files so that they won't be lost in the event your main hard drive fails. If your computer dies, you can simply plug your external hard drive into a new computer and all of your information will still be there.