How to Upload to a Flash Drive

by Ruri Ranbe
You can access the files on your flash drive from any computer, as long as it has a USB port.

You can access the files on your flash drive from any computer, as long as it has a USB port.

A flash drive is a portable storage device that connects to a universal serial bus slot on a computer. You can copy music, videos, documents and other files to a flash drive to back up your data or have access to your personal files while on the go. Transferring files to a USB flash drive is a simple process that doesn't require technical expertise. You can easily copy data to the external drive using Windows' file manager, Windows Explorer.

Connect the flash drive to a USB slot on the right or left side of the laptop or on the back or front of the desktop.

Right-click "Start" and then click "Open Windows Explorer." Select "Computer" from the left pane.

Right-click the flash drive from the right pane and then select "Open in a New Window."

Return to the first window and navigate to the folder containing the files you want to transfer to the flash drive.

Hold down "Ctrl" and click each file. Drag-and-drop the files into the other window to upload the data to the flash drive.

Click the arrow located on the right side of the task bar to expand the system tray. Right-click the USB icon.

Click "Eject USB Flash Disk" to prevent data loss when disconnecting the drive from the computer.

Unplug the drive from its USB slot when the message "Safe to Remove Hardware" appears.


  • You can also upload to a flash drive using copy and paste. Select the target file or files and then click "Ctrl-C." Select the flash drive and then press "Ctrl-V" to copy the files to the storage device.


  • Flash drives have a limited storage capacity; once you've used all of the available space on the drive, you won't be able to copy any more files to the device. To find out how much space is left on a flash drive, right-click the drive in Windows Explorer and then click "Properties."

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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