Preparing For Your Lifecycle: Moving Your Documents To Your External Hard Drive

In order to keep the files you currently have on your computer, you need to back up all the files to an external Drive.  Please follow the instructions below for doing this.

  1. Click on your start menu
  2. Click on Computer
  3. Click on Local Disk C:
  4. Click Users
  5. Click your username
  6. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click the following files with your mouse: Desktop, Downloads, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, and any other files you want to make sure you keep.
  7. With all files highlighted, right click your mouse and click copy.
  8. Click on the Drive letter associated with your external hard drive,  right click your mouse and click paste.
  9. All of your files should be copied to your external hard drive.
  10. Open your external hard drive and make sure the files are there.
  1. Click on your hard drive from your desktop.  If you cannot see your hard drive on your desktop: a. Click Finder. Click Preferences.  Click the General Tab.  Make sure Hard Disks is checked.
  2. Click Users.
  3. Click your Login Profile.
  4. While holding down the command key on your keyboard, click DesktopDownloadsMoviesMusic and Pictures.
  5. In the Finder Menu, click Edit and Copy Items.
  6. Open your external hard drive from your Desktop.

  7. In the Finder Menu, click Edit and Paste Items.
  8. Go back to your Hard Drive and click on Documents.
  9. Hold down the Command Key on your keyboard and click on everything EXCEPT the Microsoft User Data.
  10. In the Finder Menu, click Edit and Copy Items.
  11. Go back to your External Hard Drive.
  12. In the Finder Menu, click Edit and Paste Items.
  13. Double check that you moved all of your files.
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