How to Use a My Book External Hard Drive

With a My Book external hard drive, produced by Western Digital, you can store large amounts of digital data, including music, videos and photos. In addition, you can use a My Book hard drive to back up your computer's internal hard drive in case of data loss. My Book hard drives use a USB connection, which means that you can connect the hard drive to both PC and Mac computers.

PC Instructions

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Insert the My Book power adapter into the back of the hard drive, and plug the other end into a standard electrical outlet. The external hard drive will automatically power on.

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Connect the My Book external hard drive to your PC computer using a USB cable.

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Open the "Start" menu and click on the "My Computer" icon.

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Double-click on the icon of the My Book hard drive, which is usually assigned to the E: or F: drive.

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Drag-and-drop files into the My Book window to begin copying data to the external hard drive.

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Click on the green "Safely Remove Hardware" button in the lower-right corner of the screen to eject the My Book hard drive. Then unplug the drive from your computer.

Mac Instructions

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Insert the My Book power adapter into the back of the hard drive, and plug the other end into a standard electrical outlet. The external hard drive will automatically power on.

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Connect the My Book external hard drive to your Mac computer using a USB cable.

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Open a new Finder window by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

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Click on the My Book icon underneath the "Devices" list on the left side of the Finder window.

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Drag-and-drop files into the My Book window to begin copying data to the external hard drive.

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Click on the eject symbol next to the My Book icon to safely eject the external hard drive from your computer. Then unplug the hard drive from your computer.