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