how can I copy from and to an external device

I am using an external hard drive and I can only browse what is in it I can't copy to it or from it or change any file names.. Is there a solution to that?
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Walaa

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    Presuming your external drive is connected via USB 2 or 3 or by FireWire, when you turn the drive on it should appear as an icon on your Mac desktop. When it does just double click on the icon and it should open a window of the drive's contents. Then simply drag whatever files you want from the desktop into the drive window.

    I do this all the time for backing up and copying photos etc.

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