HOW TO COPY FILES TO A FLASH DRIVE (OR FROM A FLASH DRIVE)

 

BEFORE: Plug your flash drive into a USB port.  If a “Found New Hardware” alert shows up, wait for Windows to register the flash drive as a data storage device.  You may also see a window that asks what action Windows should perform.  (You might decide to close this window.)

 

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A.   Open a window for the flash drive

1.      Use Computer (in the Start menu) to open a window showing the contents of the flash drive.

2.      If the window is maximized, then “restore it down”.

3.      Adjust the size of this window so that it is “medium size” (not too big, and not too small). 

4.      Park this window in (move it to) the lower right corner of the screen.

 

B.   Open the My Documents window

1.      From the Start menu, open your profile folder.  (It’s on the top right.)

2.      In the profile folder, double-click the My Documents icon.

3.      Adjust the size of this window so that it is “medium size” (not too big, and not too small).

4.      Park this window in (move it to) the upper left corner of the screen.

 

C.   Bring both windows into view

1.      If you minimized the window showing the flash drive, then find its icon in the Task Bar.  Then click on this icon to activate the window.

2.      If you minimized the window showing My Documents, then find its icon in the Task Bar.  Then click on this icon to activate the window.

 

D.   CASE I: Copy from My Documents to the flash drive

1.      Go to the My Documents window.  This means, activate that window.  (You may click on a visible part of the window, or you can click on its icon in the Task Bar.)

2.      Locate the file you want to move.

3.      Click-and-drag that file’s icon from the My Documents window over to the flash drive window.  Watch the cursor: when the white arrow shows a plus next to the arrow and says
“Copy to…”, then release your finger from the mouse.

4.      Windows will automatically make a copy of the file in the “destination window”.

 

E.    CASE II: Copy from the flash drive to My Documents

1.      Go to the flash drive window.  This means, activate that window.  (You may click on a visible part of the window, or you can click on its icon in the Task Bar.)

2.      Locate the file you want to move.

3.      Click-and-drag that file’s icon from the flash drive window over to the My Documents window.  Watch the cursor: when the white arrow shows a plus next to the arrow and says “Copy to My Documents”, then release your finger from the mouse.

4.      Windows will automatically make a copy of the file in the “destination window”.

 

 

AFTER: The notification area is the lower left corner where the time is displayed.  Find the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the notification area.  Click it once.  It will display a list of removable devices.  Click on the line that says “Eject” your flash drive.  Wait for the alert “It is now safe to remove your device”.  Then unplug your flash drive from the USB port.