How To Scan an External Hard Drive for Viruses

The advent of computers has definitely changed the way you process and store information. Your computer has allowed you to conveniently write, research, prepare report, and communicate almost anywhere and at anytime. Your computer hard drive has also permitted you to readily keep and back up your important files and documents. And when you needed more space, the external hard drive became available.

Unfortunately, your computer and your external hard drive have not been shielded from the threat of viruses. Viruses are all over. They slyly invade and seriously damage your computer and your external hard drive.

Your situation though is not entirely hopeless. By taking precautions, you can protect your computer and your external hard drive from viruses. Scan them regularly so you can keep all your data away from those pesky viruses. Here are two important pointers:     

You need a reputable anti-virus. Your computer must have an anti-virus before you attach anything into it. Usually, an anti-virus is part of your computer or laptop package. So, install and register it promptly. If it is not, then, your next step is to download a good one from the Internet. Once installed and registered, set it up to scan for viruses. It should run at least once or twice a day. Since your computer or laptop is checked regularly, you lessen your fear of viruses secretly creeping into your valuable files and documents.

Since you use your external hard drive to store data, you should also scan it for viruses every so often. Begin the simple process by properly connecting it directly to your computer or laptop. If it is your first time to plug an external hard drive into your computer or laptop, take note. There are two ways to conveniently do it. First, you can plug in your external hard drive in one of the empty USB ports in your computer or laptop. Or, second, you need to access a particular software to be able to do it. If your computer or laptop is very new, most probably, it is already compatible to have your external hard drive through its USB port.

Give your computer or laptop a few seconds to recognize the attachment or connection of your external hard ware. You may get a prompt informing you that something has been plugged in and it is being accepted.

Once recognized, start scanning your external hard drive. You can do it by running the anti-virus software on your desktop. You have to access the anti-virus manually and then, set it up to scan the external hard drive. You can trigger the scanning by clicking some of the icons on your desktop. The actual scanning depends on the amount of data contained in your external hard drive. If it is loaded, you need to wait a bit longer. So, leave it for a while until the scanning is completed. Your anti-virus is going to alert you if there is any threat found. If none, repeat the process as often as you can to protect it properly.

Scanning your computer and your external hard drive for viruses may be tedious but it is beneficial in the long run.


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