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A Step-by-Step Guide to Transferring Pictures to A USB Stick

This article teaches you how to copy pictures from your computer to your USB flash drive.

On a Mac

Insert your USB stick into your Mac.

Your Mac likely has the USB ports on the sides of the case (on a laptop) or on the back of the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU (on a desktop computer). Insert your USB stick into a USB port. USB ports have a piece of plastic on top; you will also notice that the connector side of the USB stick has a plastic part. You need to insert your flash drive into the port with the plastic part facing down. If your flash drive doesn’t fit into your computer’s USB port, turn it over. Unfortunately, some Macs don’t have a USB port.

Open Finder.

The app’s icon shows a blue face. You’ll typically find the app in the Dock, usually at the bottom of the screen. The USB stick may open as soon as you connect it to the computer. In that case, you don’t need to open the Finder.

Click on the name of the USB stick.

You’ll see it on the left side of the Finder, a little further down under the “Devices” heading. This will open the window for your flash drive where you can drag the images. If this window was already open when you inserted the USB stick into the Mac, you can skip this step.

Open photos.

You can also find this app in the Dock. Your icon shows a multi-colored pinwheel.

Click on a photo and drag it onto the USB stick window while holding down the mouse button.

When you release the mouse button, your photo will “drop” in the window and it will be copied from your computer to the USB stick. By default, photos are not moved from your computer to your USB stick, they are copied. If you want to move the photos, you must then delete them from your computer. You can also press ⇧ Shift while clicking photos to select multiple photos, or you can click a photo and hover over as many photos as you want to copy.

Repeat for all desired photos.

You can copy as many photos to your USB stick as there is space for it. A USB stick with 64 GB of storage space can e.g. B. store about 64 GB of photos.

Click on “Eject”.

It’s the upward-pointing arrow next to the USB drive’s name in the Finder window. This ensures that your files won’t get corrupted when you pull out your USB stick.

Pull out the USB stick.

Your pictures are now on your USB stick. If you want to transfer the photos from your USB flash drive to another computer, all you have to do is insert your USB flash drive into the other computer and then drag the photos from your drive to the computer’s Pictures folder.

On windows

Insert your USB stick into your PC.

Your computer likely has the USB ports on the sides of the case (on a laptop) or on the back of the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU (on a desktop computer). Insert your USB stick into a USB port. USB ports have a piece of plastic on top; you will also notice that the side of the USB stick with the plug has a plastic part. You need to insert your flash drive into the port with the plastic part facing down. If your flash drive doesn’t fit into your computer’s USB port, turn it over.

Open “My PC”.

The icon of this app looks like a monitor. You should find it on the desktop, but you can also open it from the Start menu by clicking the Start icon in the bottom left and then “My PC”. On some computers, “My PC” is also called “My Computer”. Windows may ask you what you want to do with your USB stick. If you click “OK” here, you can select the “Open folder to view files” option, which will open your flash drive’s window.

Double-click your USB drive’s name.

You’ll find it in the middle of the window in the “Devices and drives” section. If the flash drive window opened when you plugged it into the PC, you can skip this step.

Right-click Pictures.

This folder is on the far left of the My PC window. If your USB stick’s window opened when you plugged it into the PC, left-click on “Pictures”.

Click on Open in the new window.

This will open a second window showing your computer’s “Pictures” folder. This is the default folder where images are saved on your computer. If the flash drive window opened when you plugged it into the PC, skip this step.

Click on a photo and drag it onto the USB stick window while holding down the mouse button.

When you release the mouse button, your photo will “drop” in the window and it will be copied from your computer to the USB stick. By default, photos are not moved from your computer to your USB stick, they are copied. If you want to move the photos, you must then delete them from your computer. You can also press Ctrl while clicking photos to select multiple photos, or you can click a photo and hover over as many photos as you want to copy.

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Repeat for all desired photos.

You can copy as many photos to your USB stick as there is space for it. A USB stick with 64 GB of storage space can e.g. B. store about 64 GB of photos.

Right-click on the USB stick in “My PC”.

It’s the icon under the “Devices and drives” heading.

Click on “Eject”.

This ensures that your files won’t get corrupted when you pull out your USB stick.

Pull out the USB stick.

Your pictures are now on your USB stick. If you want to transfer the photos from your USB flash drive to another computer, all you have to do is insert your USB flash drive into the other computer and then drag the photos from your drive to the computer’s Pictures folder.

Summary

This works for all types of drives, be they USB sticks, hard drives or micro SD cards. If you’re using a Chromebook, you’ll need to insert the USB drive as usual, then click the group of three by three dots at the bottom of the screen to open the Files app. In the new pop-up, click on the bar on the bottom left, select the name of your flash drive and continue adding the images. Ejecting media is like a check to see if the USB is currently free, if it is it ejects it, otherwise a warning is returned.

 

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Helen Miller

Helen Miller is a freelance writer at CouponKirin. She covers personal finance topics in a syndicated column that appears in Financial Planning Magazine. Her work has been featured by Market Watch, Digital Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Yahoo Finance. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.