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Portable storage devices

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Another common device you'll most likely to use at some point or another is an external hard-drive or storage device. An external drive can be a simple flash or thumb drive like this one. these typically plug into your computer's USB port, and have capacities of around 128 gigabytes or under. For significantly more storage space, you'll have to go with an external hard-drive like this one. These also can connect to your PC via USB. They often require that you plug them into their own power outlet as well although you'll find some models that are powered through the USB port. Using an external hard-drive or thumb drive is simply a matter of plugging it into your PC.

Portable storage devices

Another common device you'll most likely to use at some point or another is an external hard-drive or storage device. An external drive can be a simple flash or thumb drive like this one. these typically plug into your computer's USB port, and have capacities of around 128 gigabytes or under. For significantly more storage space, you'll have to go with an external hard-drive like this one. These also can connect to your PC via USB. They often require that you plug them into their own power outlet as well although you'll find some models that are powered through the USB port. Using an external hard-drive or thumb drive is simply a matter of plugging it into your PC.

I will just go ahead and plug in my thumb drive now. After a moment you should see this AutoPlay window up here. By default the AutoPlay window appears anytime you connect or insert an external hard drive, a flash drive, CD or DVD and it essentially asks you what you wan to do with this storage device is detected. Notice the options in this case are Import pictures and videos, Download images, Open folder to view files, Use this drive for back up, Speed up my system. Since I just want to view the contents of the drive, I will choose Open folder to view files. Now I am looking at the contents of my thumb drive that I plugged in to my PC.

Now if the AutoPlay window didn't show up for you, your preferences might have changed. The quickest way to get to your AutoPlay settings is to click the Start button, click in the Search field and type AutoPlay. And in the results that show up click AutoPlay. , Here just make sure Use AutoPlay for all media and devices is checked. Incidentally, this is also where you can come to set the default actions of what your PC does when certain types of media are detected on the disks and drives you connect to your computer. So for instance, I could say anytime my computer detects an audio CD has been inserted I could choose to play the audio CD using Windows Media Player, Open a folder, Take no action or Ask me every time.

That's pretty much the same choice you have for all the different items here. I will just cancel that to close it. Now some people do prefer to keep AutoPlay off, so it doesn't bug them every time it detects a new disk or drive and with AutoPlay disabled you can still easily and quickly access your hard drive by clicking Start and then choosing Computer. External hard drives will show up under Hard Disk Drives and if you inserted a thumb drive you will find it under Devices with Removable Storage. In this case my removable thumb drive is Disk (E:) so I can click that and you can see those are the same contents we were looking at earlier.

But whatever the case may be, once you can see your storage device you are free to copy files to and from it by dragging them on and off. Essentially, the external drive acts just like any other folder in that you can create new folders on the drive, add any files to it as long as they fit on the drive, and you can also drag files to the Recycle Bin to get rid of them. For example, here on my flash drive, I'll click the New Folder button to create a new folder and then let's say I just changed my mind. I will drag that New Folder to the Recycle Bin and say yes, I do want to delete the folder.

You can also access your external hard drive from any application you are trying to save a file from. So for instance I could Notepad, type some text, and then choose File > Save. Notice my external hard drive, Removable Disk (E:), shows up just like any other drive or location on my computer. So I can select it, name my file call this some text and click Save and if I go back to the Window for my thumb drive you can see that some text has been saved here on the thumb drive.

Now when it comes time to unplug or remove your external storage device you want to make absolutely sure that no applications are using the drive. For example, you don't want to be working on a document that's stored on the drive and then unplug the drive before you have a chance to save and close the file. So in this case I want to make sure that I close Notepad and now I can just unplug the flash drive and it's gone. If I need to get to it or its contents again I just plug it back in. That's how you work with external storage devices on your PC.

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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