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How To Connect a Used External Hard Drive on Windows and Mac? Secret Tips to Increase Efficiency of Your Hard Disk

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 by in How to, Technology | 0 comments

One of the most profound relationships a man ever shares is with his PC. So we can easily detect any type of changes that it may face after a couple of years of use. The most noticeable change is in its performance. Over a period as the time passes, we tend to install a host of programs onto our mean machine. This occupies space and finally reaches a breaking point after some time. The performance of your PC is affected at this stage. You can improve the performance of your PC by using an external hard drive. If you are not willing to shell out too much money then a used external hard drive can prove really beneficial for you.

However, make sure that you don’t make any mistake while buying a used external hard drive. There are plenty of them at relatively lower price. You should first check what your priorities are. Installing a used external hard drive is not a rocket science. You can easily do that by plugging in the drive. It adds to your storage space resulting in a good performance.

How To Plugin a Used External Hard Drive on Windows?

All right! So a used external hard drive is very important in your life now. There is so much to store in your mean machine that there is hardly any one out there who do not use these external drives now. Buying a brand new product is good for those can afford. However, there are people who do not wish to spend too much on this frenzy. Besides, there are some really good used options at relatively lower prices.

You used external hard drive is a portable hardware. It adds to memory space in your computer. The load on your computer thus lightens up immediately. All your programs run faster and your life becomes easier. You can even play heavy games on your PC once they are plugged in properly. Let us discuss a steps to connect your used external hard drive to PC. Here we go:

Step 1

If you are doing it for the first time, then remember there are no shortcuts to it. You got to go through the entire drill perfectly. In case any problem occurs in future, you would probably have no idea how to fix it. So make sure that you have gone through all the details while connecting your used external hard drive to your PC.

Read the manual of the hard disk carefully. The content of a hard disk manual is always the same. There is no difference at all. However, I will still recommend you to read it carefully so as not to skip any important step that you might require some time in future. You will get to know about some essential settings and configurations by reading the manual.

Most external hard drives are easy to connect. All you have to do is just insert them into USB ports and they are good to work. Just turn them on your PC and the rest is taken care of. However, there are some other hard drives that run with the help of some special software packages. You are required to install these software applications. All the instructions can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Step 2

Now once you plug in your used hard drive, your system will identify it. It happens with every external hardware you connect to the computer. Your system recognizes it and sends you a message for further actions. You are required to install Windows on this used external hard drive if you want to use it as your primary partition. You can get more information on this by searching it on the web. There are many links out there that can teach you to step by step in the process.

Step 3

You got to follow a few steps to install the hard drive into Windows. First of all, hit Start Button and then click on Computer on the menu. You will spot the hardware here. However, if you still do not see the hardware under Computer you should then follow these steps.

Click on Start Button again. Go to Control Panel, select system and security. Now click on Administrative Tool followed by a double click on computer management. That is it. If you are asked to type in any type of password then do not fret. Just do it immediately and get confirmed.

You can also click on storage under Disk Management to look for the installed hard drive. You might be required to format the entire hard drive before you can use it. This does not happen in all the cases. But you might be required to do so if you PC asks so. If your PC is still unable to detect your used external hard drive then you got to consult the manual once again. Read it carefully one more time. You will find a solution for sure.

How To Plugin a Used External Hard Drive on Mac?

Now if you use Mac PCs then the steps to plug in your used external hard drive is slightly different. You may also be required to take into account a lot of other things so that you work uninterrupted on the machine. Adhering to some special guidelines will also help you optimize it properly.

So when you connect the drive to your Mac, it should start working right away. All you have to do is just connect it the CPU. Plug and play feature rules here as well. But make sure that you keep all the precautions in place before forcing your PC to the extreme. It happens sometimes. Some people simply do not consider taking safety measures important. They damage their hardware in the process.

One of the most common things that most users fail to do is pre-formating to FAT32. FAT32 can be written and read on both Windows and OS X systems. This exciting feature allows you to work efficiently on various platforms non-stop. However, this features too comes with its own share of flaws. One of the most common disadvantages of this program is that it does not work on Apple’s Core Storage routine with Master Boot Record partition option. This also leads to further problems as OS supported encryptions of your used external hard drive are not welcomed.

Step 1

Connect your used external hard drive to your Mac. Your hard drive will have a USB or Firewire or both in some cases. Go ahead plug the hard drive into your system properly.

Step 2

Now, you are required to run a search for the Disk Utility App. You can do this on the top right corner of the screen. Once you spot the Disk Utility App, click on it.

Step 3

You will now be directed to the interface. This is where you will spot your hard drive. Search it by its name you will find it right there without any problem. Click on it once you locate your drive.

Step 4

Once you click on your drive after locating it, you will then be directed to another interface. You will spot a few tabs on the top left corner with a message on the box such as ‘If Repair Disk is Unavailable, Click Verify Disk’. You will spot an Erase tab on the top left corner of the prompt. Click on it and wait for a while. Volume Format drops down menu will appear in some time.

Step 5

Now you will be required to choose the format of your used external hard drive. There will be options like Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled), MS-DOT (FAT), and ExFAT. Select MS-DOS FAT from the drop down menu. If you are going to use your hard drive for Mac only, then select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Step 6

Finally, hit the Erase button and that is it.Your formatting will start. This will now make you ready for writing and reading the date on your hard drive. Bingo!

Tips to Increase Efficiency of Your Used External Hard Drive

Although using and maintaining a hard drive are two different things, they are very much related to each other. If you will only use then you will damage it in the long run. Maintaining your hard drive regularly will increase the life of your entire system. It is just like any other machine. So make sure that you maintain it regularly without fail. We bring you some cool tips to maintain and thus increase the efficiency of your external hard drive.

Do not buy just any used external hard drive. Focus on your requirements and budget may be.

Always make sure that you have a backup of your data. If possible store them in more than one location. You can use drag and move or copy and paste features to copy your data to another location.

Automatic backup features for Windows are also good.

Secure your data on your hard drive with smart passwords and security files.

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