Saving files to an external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by barely working, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. barely working macrumors newbie

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    I have saved all my iphotos and imusic to an external drive.

    Before I delete the files that I have sent to this external HD, I wanted to make sure that I was saving these correctly. It looks like I am not.

    I deleted a file from the HD and then went to my external to make sure it was still there. It's not. Apparantely, it was erased on both. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks.
     
  2. barely working thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And thanks for everyones help. I know I have been asking alot of dumb questions but I am a complete computer moron. I am trying to learn but getting kind of frustrated.
     
  3. adk macrumors 68000

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    i'm not quite sure, but try saving on one hard drive, then drag and drop onto the other.
     
  4. brepublican macrumors 6502a

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    You may have set your external to automatically update your HDD... It's kind of like syncing your Music Library with your iPod. If a song is deleted from the Library, the next time you hook up your iPod, its deleted from there too. I think what you want to do is archive as opposed to syncing. Syncing is nice for stuff that you update regularly and so on and so forth.

    What kind of drive do you have? That might give us some idea... hope that helps
     
  5. dmetzcher macrumors regular

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    It sounds like you didn't actually copy the files over. Did you create aliases by mistake? Dragging a bunch of files over to an external hard drive should just copy them there as new files on that drive, leaving you free to delete them elsewhere.
     
  6. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Best bet is after moving them to the external drive try to open them. If you have a second computer you could also try opening htem on the other computer to make sure they were transferred.
     

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