How to Put Pictures on a Flash Drive

This emindsca teaches you how to transfer photos from your computer to a USB flash drive.

Method 1 On Mac

1. Connect your flash drive to your Mac. For a desktop computer, rectangular holes called USB ports are most likely located on the sides of the casing (for laptops) or behind the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU. You’ll plug your USB flash drive into a USB port.

USB ports have a piece of plastic at the top of their slots, and the USB end of your flash drive also has a plastic segment. Insert the flash drive into your computer’s USB port, with the plastic segment side of the flash drive on the bottom.

Turn your flash drive over if it won’t fit into your computer’s USB port.

Unfortunately, not all Macs have USB ports.

2. Launch Finder. This app is represented by a blue face icon in your Mac’s dock, which is typically located at the bottom of the screen.

If your flash drive automatically opens when you plug it into your computer, you won’t need to open the Finder.

3. Click the name of the flash drive. It will be near the bottom of the Finder window’s left-side panel, just below the “Devices” heading. This will open the window for your flash drive, into which you can drag your images.

Skip this step if your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your Mac.

4. Launch Photos. This app, which has an icon of a multicoloured pinwheel on a white background, is also in your dock.

5. Click and drag a photo into the flash drive window. Once you let go of the mouse, your photo will “drop” into the flash drive window, which means it will copy from your computer into the drive.

  • Photos aren’t moved from your computer to your flash drive by default; they’re copied instead. If you want to move the photos off of your computer, you’ll need to delete them from your computer after moving them to the flash drive window.
  • You can hold down ⇧ Shift while clicking photos to select multiple photos, or you can click and drag your cursor across as many photos as you wish to copy.
  • To copy ALL of your photos, press ⌘ Command and A to select all, go to File, then Export, then select your flash drive from the export options.

6. Rep this process for all relevant photos. You can store as many photos on your flash drive as the drive allows.

A flash drive with 64 gigabytes of storage space, for example, can hold roughly 64 gigabytes of photos.

7. Select “Eject” from the menu. In the Finder window, it’s the upward-facing arrow next to the flash drive’s name. This ensures that your files will remain uncorrupted when you remove your USB flash drive.

8. Remove your flash drive. Your photos have now been saved to your flash drive. If you want to move the photos from your flash drive to another computer, simply plug it into the new computer and drag the photos from your drive to the computer’s Pictures folder.

Method 2 On Windows

1. Connect your flash drive to your Windows PC. For a desktop computer, rectangular holes called USB ports are most likely located on the sides of the casing (for laptops) or behind the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU. You’ll plug your USB flash drive into a USB port.

USB ports have a piece of plastic at the top of their slots, and the USB end of your flash drive also has a plastic segment. Insert the flash drive into your computer’s USB port, with the plastic segment side of the flash drive on the bottom.

Turn your flash drive over if it won’t fit into your computer’s USB port.

2. Launch My Computer. The icon for this app is reminiscent of a computer monitor. It should be on your desktop, but you can access it from the Start menu by clicking the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then My PC.

On some computers, My PC is referred to as “My Computer.”

Windows may prompt you to decide what to do with your USB flash drive. When prompted, click OK to open the Open folder to view files option, which will open the window for your flash drive.

3. Double-click the name of your flash drive. It’s in the middle of the window, under “Devices and drives.”

Skip this step if your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your PC.

4. Right-click on Pictures. This folder can be found in the My PC window’s far left pane.

If a window appeared when you plugged your flash drive into your PC, left-click Pictures.

5. Click the Open in new window button. This will launch a second window displaying your computer’s “Pictures” folder, which is your computer’s default picture storage location.

Skip this step if your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your PC.

6. Drag a photo into the flash drive window by clicking and dragging it. When you let go of the mouse, your photo will “drop” into the flash drive window, implying that it will be copied from your computer to the drive.

Photos are copied rather than moved from your computer to your flash drive by default. If you want to remove the photos from your computer, you must first delete them from your computer before moving them to the flash drive window.

You can select multiple photos by holding down Ctrl while clicking them, or you can click and drag your cursor across as many photos as you want to copy.

7. Rep this process for all relevant photos. You can store as many photos on your flash drive as the drive allows.

A flash drive with 64 gigabytes of storage space, for example, can hold roughly 64 gigabytes of photos.

8. In My Computer, right-click the flash drive icon. It’s the icon to the right of the “Devices and drives” heading.

9. Click the Eject button. This ensures that your files will remain uncorrupted when you remove your USB flash drive.

10. Remove your flash drive. Your photos have now been saved to your flash drive. If you want to move the photos from your flash drive to another computer, simply plug it into the new computer and drag the photos from your drive to the computer’s Pictures folder.

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