portable external hard drive

July 15, 2010 at 10:01:17
Specs: Windows 7
How can I use an external portable hard drive to share info from my desktop to my laptop. I have Windows 7 on both machines.

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#1
July 15, 2010 at 12:38:23
Since a portable hard drive is just for storage, you have to copy the files from the desktop to the portable. Then safely remove the drive from the desktop and hook it up to the laptop. Transfer files from the drive to the laptop. Assuming they both have usb connections. The easiest way to do it would be to network the two together.

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#2
July 15, 2010 at 17:42:23
Once you have the files on your portable drive you can use them on either pc as long as you have the programs required to view edit or play them on both.
If they were Word, Excel or similar types that you want to view or edit, then both pc's would require Office to be installed or whichever program created them, just make sure when edditing files to save them to the external drive, use the file save as and point it to the external drive.
Music, photos, videos and such can be viewed/played on either using W7 default programs.

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#3
July 16, 2010 at 06:18:13
As above, the portable hard drive (or a USB flash drive) can be used to share files between your two computers, but the better method would be the (briefly mentioned above) networking of the two computers together using a wired or wireless router. This will also allow easy internet sharing, especially if you have a high speed internet connection.

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