How to Save to an External Hard Drive on a Mac

The hard drive of a computer has a fixed amount of space. Using an external hard drive with a Mac gives you access to additional storage space. External hard drives provide a means of backing up information and of moving information to a different computer. You can save files to an external hard drive from the “Save” menu of any application on your Mac. When you save to an external drive, the only copy of the file is on the external drive.

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Connect the external drive to the computer and turn it on.

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Open the file you want to save to the hard drive. Click the “File” menu of the application and select “Save As.”

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Click the expansion triangle to the right of the “Save As” text box. Select the external hard drive in the “Devices” menu on the left side of the window. Navigate to the desired folder on the hard drive.

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Click the “Save” button to save the file to the external hard drive.