How to Transfer Files to Another Computer Using a Flash Drive

by C. Taylor

One of the easiest and quickest methods to transfer files to another computer is using a USB flash drive. These tiny devices offer massive storage capacities and come preformatted with the FAT32 or exFAT file systems, both of which are compatible with modern Windows and Mac operating systems. Flash drives are also plug-and-play compatible, which means you don't need to reboot your system for the drive to be recognized.

Insert your USB flash drive into the source computer's USB port. If this is the first time using the drive on your computer, Windows 7 will take a few seconds to automatically install drivers.

Click "Open Folder to View Files" in the AutoPlay window to open Windows Explorer with a view of the flash drive's contents. This makes identifying its drive letter easy. Alternatively, click "Start" and select "Computer." The USB flash drive will be listed under "Removable Storage."

Locate the files you wish to transfer in Windows Explorer. Drag and drop these files onto the USB flash drive. By default, this copies the files, so the originals still reside on your hard drive.

Right-click the USB flash drive and select "Eject" after copying is completed.

Remove the flash drive and insert it into the destination computer's USB port.

Open Windows Explorer again via the AutoPlay window or the Start menu.

Locate the files you previously copied on the USB flash drive. Drag and drop them to any location on the destination computer's hard drive. If you no longer need the copies on your USB flash drive, right-click the files and drag them to the destination computer's hard drive. When you release the mouse button, select "Move Here." This will copy the files to the hard drive and delete the copies from the flash drive.

Right-click the USB flash drive and select "Eject" after copying is completed. You can then safely remove the drive.

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