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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.

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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.

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  • 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
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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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