How do I connect an external hard drive to my MacBook Air? And once it is connected, how do I find it to see what is on my external hard drive? Very new to Apple products.


You can connect external Hard Disk Drive to any of the USB ports using standard cable.

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As soon as you connect it, HDD's icon shall appear on your desktop automatically.

  • You can also connect external hard drives to the Thunderbolt port if the device has a Thunderbolt cable or you have an adapter.
    – grg
    Dec 2 '16 at 8:45

In Finder Preferences, there is a way to show/hide certain items on the desktop. If you plug in your hard disk and you don't see it, try changing these options.

Finder Preferences

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