Employing flash drives, thumb drives and USB drives as your portable filing system is an ideal way to keep track of documents and have a backup in case something happens to your computer system, but remembering what is on each small device and managing multiple drives can be a challenge. With large-capacity memory available, you may need only a single drive. Combine the data on multiple flash drives into one without losing any important files.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Right-click the computer desktop, select "New" and click "Folder." Double-click the folder icon, which opens an empty window.
Insert the first flash drive into the computer's USB port. After the computer conducts any installation or checks, select the "Open with Windows Explorer" or "Open to View Contents" option on the screen.
Move the "Explorer" window to the side or, if using dual monitors onto the other screen, so you can see both the window and the folder.
Press and hold down the "Shift" key on the keyboard. Click once on each file in the flash drive's window to highlight them. Right-click and select "Copy."
Right-click the white space in the new folder's window and select "Paste." Once the files have finished copying, optionally click the flash drive's files and delete them.
Remove the flash drive from the USB port and replace it with the next flash drive. Repeat the process until all files are in the new folder on the desktop.
Insert the flash drive to hold the combined files. Click the "Open with Windows Explorer" or related option so the window for the flash drive is open. Click the desktop folder window. Press and hold down the "Shift" key and click each of the files in the window once. Right-click and select "Copy."
Click the flash drive window. Right-click and select "Paste." Depending on the size and amount of the files, it may take a few moments to copy them all in. Optionally, right-click the folder on the desktop and select "Delete."
Tips and warnings
- If you're more comfortable creating a folder elsewhere on the computer, such as within the "My Documents" folder, use your best judgment.