How to Use a WD Portable Hard Drive

External hard drives are nothing new. Since the proliferation of other USB connection standards, a hard drive stored in an external case has been a way to backup and move your files from computer to computer. There are downsides: External hard drives are bulky and noisy, and they require their own power source.Enter the portable drive. With 2.5-inch laptop-based hard drives instead of the larger desktop drives, portable hard drives are smaller and quieter, and they can be powered by the same USB cable used to transfer data. Things You’ll Need
Windows or Mac Computer
Western Digital Portable External Hard
Drive Compatible USB Cable
Show More Instructions
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Turn on your computer and log in. Close all programs that start automatically so that you have a clean working environment.
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Connect the USB side mini-USB or micro-USB (depending on the portable hard drive model) cable to your drive. Connect the opposite end of the cable to a USB port on your computer. Make sure the port is one directly connected to the computer itself; USB hubs or monitor ports may not have enough power for the unit to spin
3

Put the unit at a constant. flat surface. The hard drive inside the case will move slightly during operation and jolts or jerks can damage the components.
4

Launch the file browser on your computer. In Windows, click the “Start” button, then “Computer” or “My Computer”. On a Mac, click on the “Finder” icon in the dock (the blue guy on the far left). Double-click on the “WD Passport” icon, or otherwise on the name of your particular drive.
5

Open a second Explorer or Finder window. Locate the files on your computer that you want to copy to the external hard drive. For a single file, click and drag it to the portable drive window. For multiple files, right click and drag the files you want to move. On Windows, you can add or subtract individual files from your selection by pressing the “Cntrl” key while clicking on the files. On a Mac, click while pressing “CMD”. Click and drag files to the handheld window.
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When you finish the transfer, disconnect the handheld from the USB cable. Do not remove the drive until all file transfers are complete.

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External hard drives are nothing new. Since the proliferation of other USB connection standards, a hard drive stored in an external case has been a way to backup and move your files from computer to computer. There are downsides: External hard drives are bulky and noisy, and they require their own power source.Enter the portable drive. With 2.5-inch laptop-based hard drives instead of the larger desktop drives, portable hard drives are smaller and quieter, and they can be powered by the same USB cable used to transfer data. Things You’ll Need
Windows or Mac Computer
Western Digital Portable External Hard
Drive Compatible USB Cable
Show More Instructions
1
Turn on your computer and log in. Close all programs that start automatically so that you have a clean working environment.
two

Connect the USB side mini-USB or micro-USB (depending on the portable hard drive model) cable to your drive. Connect the opposite end of the cable to a USB port on your computer. Make sure the port is one directly connected to the computer itself; USB hubs or monitor ports may not have enough power for the unit to spin
3

Put the unit at a constant. flat surface. The hard drive inside the case will move slightly during operation and jolts or jerks can damage the components.
4

Launch the file browser on your computer. In Windows, click the “Start” button, then “Computer” or “My Computer”. On a Mac, click on the “Finder” icon in the dock (the blue guy on the far left). Double-click on the “WD Passport” icon, or otherwise on the name of your particular drive.
5

Open a second Explorer or Finder window. Locate the files on your computer that you want to copy to the external hard drive. For a single file, click and drag it to the portable drive window. For multiple files, right click and drag the files you want to move. On Windows, you can add or subtract individual files from your selection by pressing the “Cntrl” key while clicking on the files. On a Mac, click while pressing “CMD”. Click and drag files to the handheld window.
6

When you finish the transfer, disconnect the handheld from the USB cable. Do not remove the drive until all file transfers are complete.

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