How to Create Folders on a Flash Drive

Flash drives are excellent for backing up data on your computer and transporting files to and from work without having to carry an external hard drive. Keeping your files organized on a flash drive is simple; you can add and remove folders from a flash drive just like you can on your computer. Whether you use a Windows- or Mac-based computer, creating folders on a flash drive is a quick and simple procedure.

USB flash drive about to connect to laptop, close-up
credit: Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Creating Folders on a Flash Drive in Windows

Step

Open your flash drive in a Windows Explorer window.

Step

Right-click in the window to activate the context menu and select “Folder” from the “New” sub-menu. You can also create a new folder by selecting “New” from the “File” menu and choosing “Folder.”

Step

Give your new folder a name and press “Enter.”

Creating a Folder on a Flash Drive in Mac OS X

Step

Open your flash drive in Finder.

Step

Select “New Folder” from the "File" menu.

Step

Give your new folder a name and press “Enter.”