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How to Copy a Floppy to a Flash Drive

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Double-click on the icon of the floppy disk to open its window on the desktop.

Step 4

Drag the files, folders and/or programs from inside of the window onto the icon of the USB flash drive.

Step 5

Wait as a progress window appears, fills in from left to right (Mac) or right to left (PC) and then disappears.

Step 6

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.

Warning

  • A Mac that doesn't have a floppy disk drive must use an external floppy drive in order to access the floppy disk.

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