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If you’ve read my previous article on Hard Drives, you now know the basics. But there is always more to know when it comes to computers.

I briefly spoke about mounting your hard drive to your computer but I wanted to expound on that idea. The process involves a cable which comes with your drive which will link your computer with your drive so they can communicate. There are two main connections. One is the USB and the other is Firewire. If you have a PC, you will only have the USB option. Mac computers tend to have both and now even offer a new type of connection called Thunderbolt which is extremely fast but we’ll stick to the basics here. First locate the cable and connect it to your drive in the proper port.

Next, locate the USB or Firewire port on your computer and insert that end of the cable into the port. If you have a Mac, your drive should show up as an icon on your desk top. To access the drive, you need simply to double click on the icon to explore it’s contents. If it does not show up, try unplugging and plugging again. If your external drive requires power, make sure it’s plugged in and remember, not all power sources are created equal. Each drive has a specific power cable and if you try mixing and matching you may end up frying your drive. Also, plug that into a surge protector to ensure the safety of your device. Power surges could also wipe your drive out and destroy it, leaving your out of luck without recourse.

From time to time, a drive will not mount. Don’t worry, simply open disc utility which is in the pulldown menu undero “Go” when you select “Utilities”. Now, you should see your drive and select it by clicking once on the icon. Now, verify the disc and it will show up on the desktop. Please see the next blog in this series if you are still curious. Thanks for reading.

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