How to Convert a Floppy Drive to Flash

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How to Convert a Floppy Drive to Flash
Floppy drives have been largely replaced by other media (laptop floppy drive image by TEA from Fotolia.com)

For many years floppy disks were the standard for portable storage, but these days they have largely been replaced by flash drives, DVDs and other high capacity storage media. Even so, many computer users still have floppy disks around, and converting those floppy disks to flash drives is the best way to make sure those files remain usable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Floppy disk
  • USB drive
  • Computer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log on to your computer and insert the floppy disk in the drive. If your computer does not have a floppy drive you can purchase a USB floppy drive for around £13 or £19.

  2. 2

    Insert a flash drive into a free USB port on your computer. After a few seconds you should see a window pop up indicating that the flash drive has been recognised.

  3. 3

    Right click on he "My Computer" icon on the desktop. If there is no "My Computer" icon on the desktop, click on the "Start" button look for "My Computer" and right-click.

  4. 4

    Highlight the drive letter corresponding to the floppy drive. This should be the "A" drive. Highlight the files you want to copy. To copy more than one file, highlight the first one, hold the "Ctrl" key down and highlight he next file. To highlight contiguous files, highlight the first one, hold the "Shift" key down and highlight the last one.

  5. 5

    Right-click and choose "Copy" from the menu. Then highlight the drive letter corresponding to the flash drive, right click and choose "Paste" from the menu.

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