How to Copy a Program Into a Jump or Flash Drive

Flash and jump drives offer computer data storage on a device the size of a stick of gum. Anyone who ever toiled with floppy disks and A:/ drive error messages can appreciate the advantage offered by these newer forms of digital storage. The drive plugs into a free USB port on any computer in seconds to copy files from the computer. Copying programs into a portable drive takes only a minute.

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Insert the portable drive into a free USB port on the computer. The drive inserts in one direction only.

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Wait for the "New Hardware Detected" message to appear on the screen.

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Select the program to be copied from the list of software on the computer and use the right-hand mouse button to click on the name, then select "Copy."

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Open the flash or jump drive on a Mac by double-clicking the desktop icon for the drive. Open the drive on a Windows computer by double-clicking "My Computer" and then double-clicking the name of the drive, typically (E:).

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Position the cursor anywhere in the blank field and right-click the mouse, then choose "Paste" to copy the program onto the flash or jump drive. This make take a few minutes, depending on the size of the file.