Add External Storage to Your PC
To add external storage media to your computer, such as an external disk drive or a flash drive, simply plug it in to a USB port. The external storage media may also require power, and if so, plug the device into an electrical outlet — or better, into an uninterruptible power supply.
When you plug the external storage drive into the USB port, and assuming that the drive has power and is turned on, Windows instantly recognizes the drive and adds it to your computer’s list of permanent storage devices, found in the Computer window. You can then immediately start using the drive.
One major bonus for external storage devices is that they can survive your current computer setup. For example, your external USB hard drive may outlive your current computer and end up being plugged into next year’s model. That way, you don’t have to copy over your software; instead, you just plug in the USB drive.