How Do I Move a File From My Email to My Flash Drive?

By Kefa Olang

A flash drive is a portable storage device that's popular because it is small in size and enables you to upload a variety of files including documents, music and videos. Flash drives connect easily to a USB port on your computer and make it possible for you to transfer files at blazing speeds. With a flash drive, you can download email files such as attachments from your email account and save to your device. This enables you to use the file in another program if you want or transfer it to another computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Flash drive
  • Computer

Step 1

Insert your flash drive into an open USB port on your computer. Your computer should automatically recognize the memory device. If it does not, restart your computer.

Step 2

Log on to your email account using your user ID and password and open the email containing the attached file that you want to save to your flash drive.

Step 3

Click the attached file. When prompted, click "Download Attachment" to launch the file saving dialog box. Click the drop-down arrow next to the "Save in" box. Scroll down and select your flash drive. This enables you to save your email file to your flash drive.

Step 4

Type a name for the file and click "Save." The email file is saved to your flash drive. To view the file, click the Windows "Start" button and click "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista and 7) to launch Windows Explorer. You should see your flash drive listed as a portable hard disk. If you are using a Mac, you should see your flash drive's portable hard disk icon on the desktop.

Step 5

Double-click the flash drive to launch its window. Scroll through and locate the email file that you downloaded. When you finish, close the flash drive window and click the "Safely remove hardware" icon on the system tray next to the clock. A new hardware window launches. Click your flash drive in the hardware window and click "Stop." When prompted, unplug your flash drive from the computer. If you are using a Mac, right-click your flash drives portable hard disk on the desktop and click "Eject." Unplug your flash drive from the computer.