Moving Files from a Flash Drive
Small storage devices, called flash drives or thumb drives, enable you to easily move files from one device to another when you don’t have the option of sharing a network or when the files you want to share are too big to attach to an email message.
Viewing and Moving Flash Drive Files
When you first connect the flash drive to your USB port, Windows 7 automatically senses the addition and displays the AutoPlay dialog box so that you can tell the program what to do next.
- Click Open Folder to View Files.
- In Windows Explorer, select the file(s) you want to transfer.
- Click a folder arrow to locate the subfolder you want to use to store the file(s).
- To move the file, press and hold the Shift key and drag it to the folder.
- Release the mouse button and Shift key.
Removing the Flash Drive
When you’re ready to remove the flash drive, it’s a good idea to let Windows 7 close the drive properly before you remove it. Chances are everything will be fine if you just pull the drive out of the port, but why take a risk when removing it the safest way takes only two extra clicks?
- Click the Show Hidden Icons arrow in the notification area.
- Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon.
- Click the flash drive in the list.
- When you see the Safe to Remove Hardware message, remove the flash drive.