How to Put a Movie on a Flash Drive

By Gregory Hamel

Burning video files to CDs or DVDs is a way to store home movies and other video clips, but burning disks is a slow process that is not optimal for storing and transferring videos. USB flash drives are portable storage devices that can be used to store data like movie files, music and documents and to create copies of stored files on other computers quickly and easily. Some flash drives, however, may have insufficient storage space to save long video clips.

Step 1

Insert the USB flash drive into an open USB port on your computer.

Step 2

Click "Start," "Computer" or "My Computer," right-click on the flash drive in the drive list and choose "Properties." Note the amount of free storage space available on the flash drive.

Step 3

Click "Start," "Computer" or "My Computer" and double-click on the flash drive to open the drive's window. When you first insert the drive, an Autoplay window may appear; choose "Open folder to view files" and click "Ok" to have Autoplay open a window for the drive.

Step 4

Browse your computer for the video file that you wish to copy to the flash drive. Flash drives can store any video file type, such as Quicktime Movie files (.mov), AVI files, MPEG files and WMV files.

Step 5

Right-click on the video file and choose "Properties." Note the size of the file; if the size of the video file is greater than the amount of free space on the flash drive as noted in step 2, you will have to delete files from the flash drive or use a flash drive with higher capacity to save the file.

Step 6

Drag and drop the video file into the flash drive's window. Your computer will make a copy of the file on the flash drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to use a flash drive to store video clips, consider getting a flash drive with 16 GB of space or more to allow for more storage space.