We’ve become so dependent on computers for work and play that our hard drives have turned into a central hub for all of our documents, photos, music and more. If the thought of transferring that data to a new computer or hard drive scares you, fear not—because the process really isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Transferring large amounts of data with yesterday’s technology meant burning everything to CDs, DVDs, or worse, floppy discs. This not only required a lot of time, but a lot of media needed to save the information. Fortunately, today’s technology makes it easier than ever.
The big move
There are a number of reasons why you would need to transfer data. Perhaps you bought a new computer and simply want to take everything off the old computer and move it to the new one. Or maybe you just want to store your data in more than one place. Whatever the case may be, an external hard drive is the best option when dealing with large numbers of files.
External hard drives come in a variety of sizes, some holding as much as 2 terabytes (TB) of data, so there’s a good chance you can find a hard drive to suit your needs. They’re fairly affordable—but note, the larger the storage capacity of the drive, the larger the price tag.
One of the most attractive features of external hard drives is their ease of use. All you have to do is connect the drive to your computer via the USB port and drag the files over. Once you’re done, you can connect the drive to your computer and transfer the files. Or you can just use the drive as a long-term back-up storage device.