How to Copy a Floppy to a Flash Drive (7 Steps)
By Marshal M. Rosenthal
A floppy drive does not contain as much storage space as a USB flash drive, nor can it be used on a computer that doesn't have a floppy disk drive. You can copy files from a floppy to a USB flash drive which will enable the files to be compatible with the vast majority of computers without needing any special programs, or understanding how a USB flash drive works. The procedure is the same for Mac and PC computers and can be accomplished within a few minutes' time.
Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk slot on the computer. Wait as the computer's operating system puts an icon of the floppy disk on the desktop.
Insert the connector of a USB flash drive into a USB port on the computer. Wait as the computer's operating system puts an icon of the USB flash drive on the desktop.
Double-click on the icon of the floppy disk to open its window on the desktop.
Drag the files, folders and/or programs from inside of the window onto the icon of the USB flash drive.
Wait as a progress window appears, fills in from left to right (Mac) or right to left (PC) and then disappears.
Drag the icon of the USB flash drive to the Trash (Mac) or right-click on the icon and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu (PC). Remove the connector of the USB flash drive from the computer.
Repeat this procedure to remove the floppy disk from the computer, only you will have to push a button on the front of the floppy disk drive in order to eject the floppy disk.
- A Mac that doesn't have a floppy disk drive must use an external floppy drive in order to access the floppy disk.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."