My 2-month-old laptop computer is failing me.The key board is no longer funtioning I must send the unit back for warranty repairs and the unit will be returned for 20 Days. Will an external hard drive allow me to back up and move my hardware and software from unit A to Unit B? After moving everything will I be able to use the transferred software, on the temporary laptop

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CandP Premium
Sorry this has happened, Sandra. We agree with the comments below but if your keyboard has stopped functioning completely you may have a problem actually backing up to your new external hard drive. We believe it can still be done but you may need expert technical help to do it.
Colette and Philip
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GlenPalo Premium
I use an external hard drive connected via USB for those very reasons, Sandra. I learned the hard way.
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BorisRoman Premium
You need backup software like this one:

https://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html

Using it you will be able to transfer all your apps and data to another computer and to restore them to your repaired machine.
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BvVugt Premium
Oh, computer problems suck.

An external hard drive is like a usb memory stick, but with more room/memory to put huge files on them. And faster than usb memory sticks.

They are great for back ups. It's best to regularly make a back up from your computer or laptop on an external hard drive anyway. Because computers crash. And take your hard work, administration and beloved pictures or video's into the void.

And you're right: once you have another computer, you plug the external hard drive into the usb port and get right back to work.

Good luck with your computer!
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Dale123 Premium Plus
Yep, it'll allow you do that :)

Also, when purchasing a new hard-drive I recommend opting for an SSD drive. This stands for solid-state-drive & they have no moving parts, which means they're less likely to break & they are MUCH faster (and quieter) than a traditional HDD.

SSD's are a little more expensive, but worth it in the long run.
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BvVugt Premium
Thanks for the tip. I'm in the middle of replacing my external hard drive for exactly that reason: due to the moving parts it crashed when it tipped over. Even a soft landing made it crash, so I need something a bit more stable.

I was lucky I had a back up from my back up so I only lost a few months of work/files, but it did hurt none the less :-)
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Dale123 Premium Plus
Yeah HDDs are pretty risky to move - also if stored unused for a while in certain environments that can damage them as well. SSDs also use less power too...

I did the same thing though, purchased an external HDD because of price difference... but since having converted SSD, I’d hands-down testify that they’re truly worth the extra $$.
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BvVugt Premium
Thanks, I'll have a look at those for sure!
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