How to Install a Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini

By Daniel Foster

The Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini is a small form-factor USB external hard drive available in a variety of sizes and colors. You can use it to back up your system, transfer files or expand your storage. In order to take advantage of the SimpleDrive Mini's storage space, you first need to install it on your computer. Luckily, installation is as simple as connecting the drive to your PC and only takes a few seconds.

Plug the smaller end of the USB data cable into the back end of the Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini. Look for the plug on the upper-left end of the device near the "Hitachi" logo.

Plug the other end of the Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini into a USB port on your computer. Look for USB ports on the front or back of your system if you have a desktop. Laptops have these ports on the sides or back. The SimpleDrive Mini does not come with a DC adapter but instead receives power through the USB port.

The Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini uses the FAT32 file system, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. You should not need to install any drivers or software for the drive to work.

Click "Start" in Windows and go to "My Computer." Select the drive from the list of storage devices on your computer that appears to access the contents. You can also click the icon that appears on the "Desktop" in OS X if you have a Mac.