How to Back Up a Folder With a Flash Memory Drive

This guide will explain how to use a Flash Memory drive to back up the Shared Documents folder on a computer. (Directions for Windows.)

Steps

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    Insert Flash Memory Drive into the USB port on the front, side or rear of the computer.
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    Double click "My Computer" on the Desktop or go to Start - My Computer. If you are using windows 7, go to My computer\Local disk (C:)\Users\Public
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    Right Click the Shared Documents folder or Public Documents if you're using windows 7, select "Send To", and then select "Removable Device".
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    If you receive a prompt to overwrite the files currently on the drive, check to make sure you do not want the old versions of the files. If you do not receive the overwrite prompt, then proceed to step 5.
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    The files will begin to copy over to the Flash Memory drive. This can take a long time, depending on the data amount that is being transferred. When it is complete the "File Transfer" window will disappear.
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    In My Computer, Right Click the Removable Device and select Eject. It will then disappear from the screen and you can unplug the Flash Memory Card from the computer.
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Tips

  • Make sure your Flash Drive has enough space to store all the documents you want to back up. 256 MB should be plenty for simple Word or Excel documents.

Warnings

  • Never remove the flash drive without first hitting "eject", otherwise you could lose your data and damage your flash drive and computer.

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