You probably know that you have an internal hard drive on your computer. The hard drive inside your computer is the largest place for data storage on your device, and it’s super important to having a functioning computer. Something that some people choose to use if they don’t want to keep certain pieces of data on their computer all the time is to use an external hard drive.

What is an External Hard Drive

An external hard drive is for data storage, except it exists outside of your computer. It’s the same as the internal hard drive, except it’s removed and plugged into the computer. It’s usually protected in a casing and most of them, besides the wireless ones, require a cord so that you can access its data on your computer.

Why Use an External Hard Drive

This is a portable way to give you a large amount of storage that you can move from computer to computer whenever you like. These hard drives have high storage capacities, so videos and other backed up files that you might need later are often placed on these hard drives. These devices are also a great way to expand the storage capacity of your device without replacing the internal hard drive like you’d usually have to do.

Transferring Files from Mac to External Hard Drive

1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer. Some of them are wireless, so skip this step if you own a wireless external hard drive. You can usually connect the hard drive to the computer using a USB cord.

2. At the bottom of the computer screen, select the “Finder” icon. The Finder app will open.

3. On the Finder app, select the files and folders you want to transfer. To select multiple files and folders at the same time, use the “Command” button on your Mac’s keyboard.

4. Now, Press the Command + N keys to open another Finder window.

5. In the other Finder window, select your external hard drive. If properly connected, it should show up under the “Devices” header on the left side of the screen.

6. Now, drag the files that you selected on the first Finder window into the other Finder window where your external hard drive is selected using your touchpad. If done correctly, a status bar should appear showing that the transfer has been initiated. Wait until the transfer is complete before you do anything else.

Now, you can remove the hard drive by selecting “Eject” and you’re all done.