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Copying Folders and Files

In addition to moving folders and files, you can also copy files or folders. You might want to keep an extra copy of files or folders. Rather than use a backup program (covered in Chapter 17), many users simply copy files or folders to create a backup copy. As another example, you might copy files to a floppy disk or a CD, for instance, to share with others or to bring home from your office.

Windows Vista provides several methods for copying files and folders. If you want to copy folders to other folders, consider using the Copy command. If you want to copy files or folders to another drive, consider using the Send To command, both covered in this section.

Copying with the Copy Command

To copy a file or folder, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the file(s) you want to copy and click Copy.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to place the copy.
  3. Right-click a blank area of the window and click Paste.
  4. The file is copied to the new location.

Copying Files to a CD or DVD

Virtually all new and recent computers include a writable CD or DVD drive. Because these drives can hold lots of information (DVDs hold over six times as much data as a CD), it makes a good medium for making a copy of files you want to save. Copying files to a CD or DVD is often called "burning." To burn to one of these optical disc drives you need a disc of the appropriate type. Disc types you're likely to encounter include:

  • CD-R (a recordable disc that you can only write data to once)
  • CD-RW (a rewritable disc that you can erase and burn again)
  • DVD-R and DVD+R
  • DVD-RW and DVD+RW

If you have a read-only (ROM) CD or DVD, you can read only information from the drive; you cannot record information.

To copy files or folders to a disc, follow these steps:

  1. Select the file(s) or folder you want to copy.
  2. Right-click the selected item(s), select Send To, and then select your CD or DVD drive from the submenu.
  3. When prompted, type a title for this disc and then click Next. The files are copied to the media.
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