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How to backup with an iomega external hard drive

Updated February 21, 2017

Iomega produces a range of external hard drives that can be used to back up your files. Backing up is the process of saving your files to a second location in case something happens to the original files on your computer. Iomega external hard drives are fast, portable and work with both Mac and Windows platforms. Back up your files regularly and reduce the risk of losing your valuable work.

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  1. Examine the USB cable (supplied with the drive) and note its ends. One end is a full-size USB connector, and the other is a mini USB connector. Connect the mini-USB into the mini-USB port on the hard drive. Connect the other end to a USB port on your computer.

  2. Look at the status light on the hard drive. Connect the extra USB connector if the light is dim or flashing. The second USB connector has a small lightning bolt on it indicating that it provides extra power to the hard drive.

  3. Watch for the drive icon to appear on your computer's desktop. It may also appear in My Computer, or in Finder for a Mac. Double-click the hard drive icon to open it.

  4. Drag and drop the files you wish to back up into the hard drive window. You can drag and drop multiple files and folders at a time; hold the Control key (or Apple key) to select multiple items.

  5. Eject the hard drive once you have finished backing up. Right click the drive icon and select "Eject." Unplug the drive from your computer.

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About the Author

Charlie Higgins is journalist, editor and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written for a variety of lifestyle and niche market websites, including International Food Trader, The Olive Oil Times, microDINERO, Sounds and Colours, Connecting Worlds and The Buenos Aires Reader.

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