Sometimes you need to make your music more portable than a laptop makes it. A flash drive--otherwise known as a universal serial bus (USB) stick--is a portable digital storage device that can hold and support music and other digital media files. Flash drives are often small enough to fit on a keychain and can be connected to other computers to make it easy to share your music.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- USB flash drive
- Computer with USB port
Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port of the computer. This will be at the side or back of a laptop and the back of the tower on a desktop computer. A window opens with various options; double click “Open Folder to View Files.” This will take you to the place to which you need to transfer your music on the USB flash drive.
If a window does not open automatically, go to the start menu, click “Computer” then double click the icon of USB device which will take you to the correct folder (See References 1).
Open the folder where you keep your music. This is usually in “My Documents” or “My Music,” which is accessed by clicking the "Start" menu and then the appropriate folder.
Keep the music folder and USB folder open on screen. Select the music or music folder by clicking and holding the icon. Drag it to the USB folder window and release the icon. A small box opens to let you know it's “Copying Files” and tracks the progress of the transfer. The box closes when the transfer is complete. A copy of the files is now on your USB flash drive.
To safely remove the USB flash drive, close all the windows and click the “Safely Remove Hardware” button in the task bar at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Select the USB flash drive from the menu. A screen pops up to state that it is safe to remove the hardware. This ensures that the device has finished saving all the data. Disconnect the USB flash drive and click “OK” on the box.
Tips and warnings
- If the box does not appear to tell you that it is safe to remove the hardware, it means the USB flash drive has not finished working. Most flash drives have a small light that flashes repeatedly when it is still working. Wait until it has stopped flashing before attempting to safely remove the hardware.
- The files on your USB flash drive may not be completely intact if you do not remove the hardware properly.
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