External Drive For My Laptop

Dear Computer Lady,

Do you still answer hardware such as external disk drive compatibilities with lap tops?

I have read your newsletter for many years, and like it a lot!
Thanks! Lois

Dear Lois,

I can answer your question.

If your laptop has available USB ports, then pretty much any external disk drive, either a hard drive or an optical (DVD/CD) will work.

All current versions of Windows support USB storage.

Something to consider would be the type of USB. USB 2 is fast, but if your laptop has an available USB 3 port, get an external drive that uses USB 3 and it will be even faster.



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