How to Search External Hard Drives

By Pamela Vanden Bos

You never know when you may lose your files to a virus, a bolt of lightning, or a broken computer. That is why it is important to regularly back up your files. Before you install a new operating system, save your files to an external hard drive. When you buy a new computer, store all your old computer information on an external hard drive for safekeeping. Then, to access specific information, you can simply search your external hard drive.

Step 1

Attach your external hard drive to your computer. A small drive receives power through the USB port; larger hard drives will have an outside power source.

Step 2

Click on "Start" and "Computer." Find the drive that lists your removable device. When you open it, your saved information will display.

Step 3

View the search option on the top right of your window. To find a file, do a quick search by typing key words in the search window, or look down the page for the title.

Step 4

Utilize proper eject methods. When you want to disconnect your external hard drive, click on the "Safely remove hardware" option on your computer's tool bar. A window will pop up with instructions.