How to save videos from the internet to a USB memory stick

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How to save videos from the internet to a USB memory stick
A USB memory stick. (USB image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com)

With advances in communication and data storage technology, it's getting increasingly easy to transfer, view and save large files such as videos. A growing number of sites sell feature-length films that can be immediately downloaded at full resolution. Other videos, such as independent shorts and music videos, are distributed freely over the Internet. It's simple to store these videos on a USB memory stick so you can view them later, or even transfer them to other computers.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • USB memory stick
  • USB drive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the USB memory stick into one of your computer's USB ports. Wait for the computer to recognise the external memory device. It will inform you when it's ready with a small pop-up alert in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. This shouldn't take more than a few seconds.

  2. 2

    Download the video, and save it to a directory from which you can retrieve it easily, such as your desktop or My Videos folder.

  3. 3

    Transfer the video to your memory stick. There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to right-click on the video file, select "Send to" and then choose your memory stick. The second is to double-click on "My Computer" and navigate to your memory stick drive. Drag and drop the video file from its current location into the memory stick's drive.

Tips and warnings

  • Video files can be quite large, and your memory stick may not be able to accommodate them all. Typically, feature length film files range in size from 800MB to 2GB. You can check the size of the file by right-clicking on it and selecting "Properties." Even if your memory stick is large enough to store the video, you might have to transfer or delete files from it to create room. You can check your memory stick's current storage capacity by right-clicking on it.

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