backup data to a hard drive

There are two basic ways to backup data to a hard drive: automatic and manual. I’m going to be talking the manual backup procedure for personal files. Let’s begin.

backup data to a hard drive

Turn on your PC and login.

Connect your driveway to your PC using the supplied USB 2.0 cable. If your drive requires external electricity from and AC adaptor then plug that in to.

the best external hard drive will automatically be set up, mounted and also given a drive letter.

Let’s take a look at the drive. About Windows XP open”My Computer”. On Windows Vista open “Computer”. You should now see your external hard drive as another drive.

Backing up a document to a external hard disk is a simple procedure. Open your external drive, select the files and folders that you want to copy and drag them into the external hard disk drive. The files are now copied to the external hard drive essentially backing them up.

Most of your critical information is located in approximately 3-6 folders:

for both Windows 2000 and XP: C:\Documents and Settings\”your username”\. Backup the hyperlinks listed below. Bear in mind, so as to replicate the folders listed below all you need to do is drag the folders to your external hard disk drive and wait for them to be reproduced:

My Documents



for Windows Vista: C:\Users\”your user name”\ Backup the folders listed below:







based on the number of information that you’ve got your backup may take hours or even days to finish.

For many folks, backing up personal data is merely one of the things they’ll never do until they’ve been burned by a tough drive failure. You do not need to be one of them, backup those files until it’s too late!




All computers have at least one hard drive where information is stored. Ordinarily, these are found internally but as computers have evolved external hard drives are becoming a part of computers.