How to Use Maxtor External Hard Drives

by Kefa Olang

Maxtor is a hard drive company owned by Seagate and offers storage solutions for both consumers and professionals. They are known for supplying portable hard drives at different gigabyte sizes such as 60GB, 120GB and 500GB. Maxtor hard drives support a USB 2.0 connection and allow you transfer files at blazing speeds of up to 7200RPM. Maxtor hard drives are large enough for saving large files such as videos and can be small enough to move around with. The best part is, they are so easy to use.

Connect one end of the USB cable to the USB port on your Maxtor hard drive. Next, plug the other end to an open USB port on your computer.

Turn on your portable hard drive. Your computer will recognize it and a window will automatically open with a message asking what you want Windows to do with your hard drive.

Click "Open folder to view files" then click "OK." This will open your Maxtor hard drive to reveal any files or content saved to it.

Locate the files you want from your computer, then right-click each one. Scroll down and click "Copy." Go to your opened Maxtror hard drive, then right-click again and click "Paste." This will transfer any file, folder, picture or document or music into your hard drive.

Drag your files to your hard drive as an alternative to transfer files. Drag files from your hard drive, to a location on your computer if you want to copy them.

Click the green "Safely Remove Hardware" button on the lower right-hand side of your screen if you are done using your hard drive.

Highlight your hard drive. Depending on your computer, it could be marked as an (E:), (F:), (J:), or (D:) drive. Click "Stop." A message will popup telling you it's okay to unplug your hard drive. Do so when instructed.

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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.