Windows 10: How to view files within laptop backup on external hard drive

Discus and support How to view files within laptop backup on external hard drive in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; So, I had a 9yo Toshiba laptop, the screen stopped working a couple years ago, long story short gave up and got a new one, and backed up the old one... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Laea-, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. Laea- Win User

    How to view files within laptop backup on external hard drive


    So, I had a 9yo Toshiba laptop, the screen stopped working a couple years ago, long story short gave up and got a new one, and backed up the old one onto an external hard drive. I've now got said hard drive plugged in to the new laptop, and I was hoping I'd be able to just view all the files from old laptop and take out what I wanted. But I click on the file and it's asking if I want to restore the backup. Does this mean it'll automatically restore old laptop onto new laptop and override everything on it, or is there a sort of selection option past that where I can choose what I want to go on? I don't want to risk erasing the new data also, it's W7 going onto a W10 OS -- not sure if that helps. If that is what will happen, is there a way I can dig into the backup and retrieve the individual files? Sorry if this is a real amateur question but this stuff isn't my strong suit in the least.


    Cheers

    :)
     
    Laea-, Jun 14, 2020
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  2. saving and viewing files on an external hard drive

    Hi Sam,

    We appreciate you for being part of Windows 10.

    Yes, you may format the external hard drive. Follow the below steps.


    • Connect the external hard drive to Windows 10 computer.

    • Press Windows + E keys on the keyboard to the keyboard to open the file explorer.

    • Locate the external hard drive on left navigation pane in File explorer.

    • Right click on the external hard drive and click on
      Format
      .

    • Click Start and follow on screen instructions to format the hard drive.
    I hope the above information helps. Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows. We are glad to assist you.

    Thank you.
     
    Kiran Kishore, Jun 14, 2020
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  3. Remon Ont Win User
    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
    Remon Ont, Jun 14, 2020
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  4. smee Win User

    How to view files within laptop backup on external hard drive

    Hard Drive / External Drive + Backups Configuration?

    Hey all,

    So I'm thinking of changing around my hard drive configuration on my main comp.

    At the moment I've got:
    1 Internal 500GB (OS, programs, file storage)
    2 External 500GB (not really doing much)
    1 External 320GB (for my Lightroom photo library)

    What I'd like to do, is ditch the 320gb photo drive (its a 2.5").
    I'd use one external 500GB for Video files, the other 500GB for Photo files.
    Then I'd want two more to backup those files, and have them backed up on our NAS Server.

    I'd also have an external 1-2TB drive for OS hard drive backups and such, but thats not part of what I'm going to ask.

    So my question for you guys is this:
    Should my 500GB Video and 500GB Photo drives be internal? Or External?
    If I put them inside the computer, will I get faster speeds?
    If they're external, is eSATA/USB 2.0 going to be sufficient for Video editing? (Using full HD video files, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro)

    Either way I will have two backup drives (one for video, one for photo) and they'll both be backed up on the server.

    So, to have 4 External drives or to have 2 internal and 2 external? That is the question.
    What are the benefits of having them internal? What about having them external?

    For me, being able to bring my Photo or Video drive with me isn't really a big deal, I probably will never do it. If I would need to though, I could just take one of the external backups.

    Also, second question. What kind of backup software do you recommend that would basically make a complete clone of my HD's?

    Does any of this make sense?
    Any help is appreciated. *Big Grin How to view files within laptop backup on external hard drive :D
    ~Smee
     
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