In the age of cloud based computing one would wonder why even think about backing up your personal data onto an external drive.Most cloud based backup services are free and very simple to use and give you up to 5GB of free data,so why bother to spend money on an external drive? I'll tell you why, because its data backed up to your own personal storage device,not some cloud based system that technically is not your's even though you're paying for the service.In the age of paranoia and snooping eyes from government service such as the NSA,now would be a good time to purchase a external drive and keep close eye on your personal data.
External drives for the most part are very cheap,you can purchase a 1TB external drive for $70 and aren't like external drives in the past where they were big,bulky and compromise space on your desktop.External drives today are very compact in design,which can practically fit in your shirt pockets.
External drives are fairly easy to setup,the first thing you want to do is figure out where are you going to place the external drive,most people usually place the external drive beside or underneath the monitor on the desktop.Most,if not all external drives come with a USB cord which is standard (Yes there are Wi-Fi enabled external drives). External drives today are now using a USB 3.0 standard input/output port, but are backwards compatible to USB 2.0. Plug the USB cord into external drive and then plug the cord into your USB port on your computer.Most computers today have an abundance of USB slots so it doesn't matter where you plug the drive.
All external drives today are under the "Plug n Play" standard, so device drivers aren't needed if you're on a Windows Vista,Windows 7 or Windows 8 platform,once you plug the drive into your computer,the icon bubble on the right side of your task bar will tell you that the device is ready to be used.That is your Windows operating system letting you know that it has accepted your device.
Before you begin backing up your data,make sure that you can see the drive on your computer.Simply head over to "My Documents" and click on "Computer" ,once you're there you should see a list of hard drives or storage devices connected to your system.You should see a list of Drive letters that will say (C:) which is your main boot drive followed by D-E-F etc. Once you see your external drive on the list, you're all set,your system has recognize your external storage drive.You may begin backing up your content.