How to Convert Floppy to USB

Updated February 21, 2017

At one point in time the floppy disk drive served as the go to format for movable storage. However, with the debut of the USB flash drive and recordable CDs the floppy disk drive has become obsolete. If you have older software that is on a floppy disk and you still have a computer that features a disk drive you may want to convert the contents of the floppy onto a USB flash drive. Doing so allows you to move the content to any computer, whether it has a floppy disk drive or not.

Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk drive, then connect the USB flash drive to an available USB port.

Select the "Start" button, followed by "Computer" (or "My Computer").

Double click the removable USB flash drive icon. A window opens with all the contents of the drive displayed. Leave this window open.

Double click the "3 1/2 Floppy A:" drive icon. A window appears with the content currently saved on the floppy.

Click and drag the contents of the floppy into the USB drive's window. Once the files have finished copying and converting over, close out the device windows, eject the floppy disk from the disk drive and right click the USB flash drive icon. Select "Eject" from the pull down menu and remove the drive from the computer.

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