Question about Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB External USB 20 Portable Ruby Red 640 GB Hard Drive
Hello, if the drive is new it may just need to be formatted, if it's an existing drive it may have a failed partition.
If it's new, connect it to the computer, right-click on your My Computer or Computer icon and left-click manage. When the management console opens left-click Disk Management, then scroll through the right panel and find your 640GB drive. As long as it's there and unallocated you can right click on the unallocated space and select format. Follow the wizard using the default settings. When you're finished it should show up in My Computer.
If this is an existing drive and has failed, proceed to the management console and see if it shows up, if it does make note of all information show in the right panel and either way report back for further assistance by reply to this response.
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Posted on Dec 23, 2010
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Determine how much space you need.
The first step in backing up your hard drive is to figure out how much space you will need to back up all of your files.
You can do this in a couple of ways.
Find out how large the hard drive is on your computer first to see if you can back up the whole thing. Click on "My Computer," right-click the "C" drive and select "Properties."
This shows the approximate size of your hard drive, how much space is actually taken, plus the space used by your operating system.
If your hard drive size is manageable (the space actually taken), back up the whole thing.
Your second option is to create a file called "Backup" and copy all of your important files into it.
Right-click on the folder once everything is copied over and choose "Properties" to find out the size of the folder.
This is how much space you will need to back up your important files only.
Choose a backup method. Choose either an external hard drive, data disks (CDs, for example) or use an online backup service.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all.
An external drive is convenient because you can plug it into other computers and immediately transfer or copy files without needing the Internet or having to worry at all about security.
However you have to carry the drive with you and always face the remote possibility that both your computer and the hard drive would break.
Data disks provide the same advantages and disadvantages as external hard drives: portability, but the possibility of theft or breakage.
You can also use an online backup service.
These services range in price depending on the amount of storage.
The advantage of an online service is that you can access your files from anywhere there is Internet, and it is generally cheaper, especially for small amounts of service.
Also, you don't need to carry or store another piece of equipment.
The disadvantage is your backup is stored on the service's external server, so security is a potential issue.
Back up your files. Once you have chosen your method of backup, do not forget the most important step: back up your files.
For external media, go into "My Computer" and double-click the "C" drive to open it.
Select all the files if backing up your entire hard drive, or select your "Backup" folder if just backing up your important files.
Holding your "CTRL" key, drag your selected files to your back up source, either your external hard drive or data disk drive.
Release your mouse button and "CTRL" key and allow the files to be copied onto your backup media.
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1 ***** the size of
files you need for taking the backup. Files having graphics, sound and videos
occupy more space than a simple text file.
2 Plan the future
requirements and consider the space needed accordingly.
3 Choose an
external drive of 20 GB or above to store huge data backups.
4 Get an external hard
drive and connecting cables to attach the drive to your computer.
5 Select the data you
want for backup. Organize the data into folders and sub-folders for easy find.
Financial data, digital photos and music can form priority data for backup.
6 Connect the drive
to your computer. Use the drag and drop options for taking the backup.
7 Remove the drive
after properly ejecting by right clicking on the task bar on the desktop.
8 Keep the external
drive away from the place where you have your computer when done. If your
computer gets damaged due to any unforeseen reason, you will have your entire
data safe in the external hard drive. It minimizes the risk of data loss.
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