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robdbeal

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Hello, hopefully this is the right section to post this in. I had to replace my hard drive a few months ago and finally got around to getting all of the old information off of the old drive. I had to purchase an external hard drive enclosure that connects via usb because I can only connect one hard drive internally. I've already reformatted the old drive but I was wanting to use it as a backup drive. I don't know how to go about installing a very basic OS so that I can transfer files. I did actually try to install Debian Linux so I could try my hand at learning linux but kept having install issues (I did this by just disconnecting the newer hard drive and connecting the old one so I could install off of the CD). I'm just unsure as to how to install the OS... or if there's some other way that file transfer between drives would be easier? Anyway, any help or guidance would definitely be appreciated.
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By using a external HD you do not need to have a operating system on it at all. As long as the external drive has the same formatting as the computer you are using you are good to go. You should be able to hook it up, turn it on, and then going thru "Windows Explorer", be able to move files to and from the external drive just like it was a second HD in the computer.

Here's 2 pictures of my explorer. The first shows my 2nd partition of the drive installed in the computer.

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The next picture show when i have my external drive hooked into the system.

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I use this drive to save most of my data that i know i will not keep for a long time on the computers drive. When i save to it i just specify the "G" drive and the folder i save it to. I add folders to the drive as needed thru windows explorer.

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Wow, thanks, I was putting way too much effort into this. That was easy enough to do in my sleep... Thanks again!
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