How to Save Files to Flash Drives

You can use a USB flash drive to back up files, important documents, music and even pictures and videos. The flash drive can also come in handy to transfer all of your files from an old computer to a new computer. Many businesspersons use flash drives to store data to take with them when they travel. Once you master saving files to a flash drive, you'll be able to do the same.

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USB flash drive

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Plug the flash drive into any available USB port on the computer. Windows recognizes the flash drive as new hardware and assigns it a drive letter.

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Click "Start" and "Computer." Look for a removable memory device and double-click it to open the flash drive. The drive may be labeled "USB Flash Drive" or something similar.

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Press the "Windows" key and the "E" key on your keyboard simultaneously to open Windows Explorer in another window. Navigate to a file you want to save on the flash drive. Drag and drop the file into the flash drive window to save it there; a copy will remain in the original location. Continue in this fashion until all of the files you want to transfer to the flash drive are added.

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Close the flash drive window and unplug the flash drive from the USB port once you have finished copying files to it.