What happens when I connect my external drive for the first time?


What to expect when you first connect a Seagate, Samsung-brand, or Maxtor-brand external drive to your Windows or Mac computer.
What happens when I connect my external drive for the first time?

Here is what to expect when you connect and turn on your external USB or Firewire drive in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000:

  1. The drive will appear as a drive letter in (My) Computer (ie: Drive E:, F:, or some other letter) within approximately 30 seconds of connecting and turning on the drive.
  2. Often the AutoPlay window will appear within 30 seconds.
  3. You can click on "Open Folder to View Files Using Windows Explorer" to open the drive letter, or on the drive letter in Computer.
  4. Then you can simply drag-and-drop data, or copy-and-paste data, into the drive for starters.
  5. The drive is now functioning normally. Use it manually (as in the previous step) and/or launch/install the Seagate/Maxtor software to use it.
  6. Finally, please note that using the software is not necessary to use the drive as a storage unit. To use many of the special features of the drive, certainly, the software is necessary, but it is not for storing and retrieving data.

See here for more information from Microsoft about the Windows AutoPlay feature.

Windows 7 - Change AutoPlay settings. Applies to all editions of Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-AutoPlay-settings

Vista "Change AutoPlay settings". Applies to all editions of Windows Vista.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-AutoPlay-settings

In MacOS, an external Seagate or Maxtor drive that is compatible should appear on the Desktop within about 30 seconds as a new drive icon when it is connected and turned on. To review, here is What to expect when you connect and turn on your drive in MacOS, either via USB or Firewire 400 or 800 (1394a or 1394b):

  1. The drive will appear on the Mac Desktop within approximately 30 seconds of connecting and turning on the drive.
  2. The hard drive icon designates the external drive. The default volume name is "Seagate" if this is a Seagate drive. The default volume names are typically "New Volume" or "Untitled" if this is a Maxtor drive.
  3. You can simply double-click on the drive icon and a window will appear displaying the contents of the drive.
  4. Then you can simply drag-and-drop data, or copy-and-paste data, into the drive.
  5. The drive is now functioning normally. Use it manually (as in the previous step) and/or launch/install any Seagate/Maxtor bundled software that is compatible with MacOS X to take advantage of the software’s features.
  6. Finally, please note that using the software is not necessary to use the drive as a storage unit. To use many of the special features of the drive the software is required, but it is not needed for storing and retrieving data.




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