How to Transfer Files to a New Computer With a USB Flash Drive

Updated February 21, 2017

The purchase of a new computer is always exciting because it has updated features, new games, higher speed and newer programs. To move the data from the old computer, such as personal files, work, school projects or any important information, using a USB flash drive to transfer the information is one option.

Turn on both computers and put them near each other. Having them near each other will allow quick transfers with minimum hassle.

Plug the USB flash drive into the old computer's USB port. Open the USB flash drive when the computer allows.

Click the files, folders and items to transfer. If the USB flash drive does not have enough space, select as many as will fit. Highlight the file, right-click on the item and select "Copy" from the options.

Drag the file, folder or data into the USB box. If copied, right-click on the box and click "Paste" instead of dragging it. The computer will copy the information to the USB flash drive. When the drive is full or all of the preferred data is on the flash drive, select the remove option and take the drive out of the old computer.

Insert the drive into the new computer's USB port. Allow the computer to install any necessary software to read the USB flash drive. Open the drive when the new computer allows.

Press "Ctrl" and "A" to select all files and copy them by right-clicking and clicking "Copy."

Move the mouse to the new computer desktop, right-click on the desktop and select "Paste." The files, folders or data will show up in the new computer.

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Helen Jain has been writing online articles since December 2009 for various websites. She has studied English and psychology and hopes to get a Ph.D. in English in the future.