How to Transfer a DVD to a Flash Drive

Written by j.s. copper
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USB flash drives have become an easier way to store and transfer data than burning CDs and DVDs. USB flash drives are nearly infinitely re-writable, whereas most DVDs can only be written to a few times. The flash drives are also easier to carry around, without worry of scratching. In order to transfer the contents of the DVD to a USB flash drive, you can simply copy and paste between the two.

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Things you need

  • USB flash drive

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  1. 1

    Insert the DVD into the optical drive.

  2. 2

    Open "Computer" (or "My Computer") and right-click the inserted DVD. Select "Explore." A new window will open with the contents of the DVD.

  3. 3

    Insert a USB flash drive into a USB port.

  4. 4

    Open "Compuer" again and right-click the inserted USB flash drive. Select "Explore." A window with the contents of the USB flash drive will open.

  5. 5

    Drag the entire contents of the DVD drive from the DVD's contents window to the USB flash drive's window. Allow the computer time to copy the files; it may take a while. Once complete, you can run the files off the USB flash drive as if they were run off the DVD.

Tips and warnings

  • This will not work for DVDs that boot the system (Windows Setup discs) or copy-protected DVDs (movies).

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