Ah, on an external drive!
by ChuckT - 2/6/10 1:24 AM
In Reply to: thanks Chuck by JC417
That's just a bit more time consuming. When I thought your files were on a rebuilt drive, in your present computer, then it is an easy move to place those files into another location on the same drive.
But! now I've just realized that the files are on a separate drive. That is going to be slower.
The relocation is still going to be to the same area, whenever you find out where that location is, but the time in transferring all that 20GB of data is going to take hours.
I am going to assume that your files were placed on a USB connected hard drive, that is one of the most common and convenient ways of transferring data. So, all you will need to do is plug that external drive into a USB port on the computer. You will probably have at least a couple on your computer. I would suggest, only because you are new at this, that you use the USB ports on the computer and not on a hub or extension, because that will more than likely be a high-speed USB connection.
And you do want to use a high-speed connection, because if the port is not running at high-speed then the transfer of that much data will take days! When you plug in that USB drive, if the device is not connected to a high-speed port you will most likely be told that you ought to plug in your high-speed device into a high-speed port.
You can have additional USB hubs as extensions to your current USB ports, and they can run just as fast as the ones on your computer, but since you sound like you are new to this, I would hate for you to get confused with what and why you need some other possible parts to get that extended port running at high-speed. It really isn't hard, I am just trying to recommend the least complicated method right now.
Now, one more thing, when you go to transfer that data off the external hard drive and onto your internal drive of your computer, DO NOT move the data. To "move" means to get it off one place and placed onto the other, which removes it from the first. The better action to do is to just copy the data. You want to copy, and not move for two reasons:
The first is, that way you keep the data on that USB drive as a fall-back in case you accidentally do something wrong. The files on that USB drive, it is a pretty safe back up.
The second is, that a move takes longer to do. When you move data from one drive to another it has to first copy the data (same as when you just do a typical copy), but then the file system has to spend additional time to delete the files off that source drive. Thus, the move action takes nearly twice as long. So don't do that, you are going to be taking a long amount of time already, in just doing the copy of the 20GB of data.
Now, please don't worry about which action, move or copy, you will be doing when you drag files from the external drive to your internal drive. The default action on drive to drive file movement will always be to copy, anyway. I only told you of the difference so that you don't select the move option.
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