How Do I Add Files to the Root of the USB Flash Drive?

by Marshal M. Rosenthal
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A USB Flash drive is a durable and portable drive that can hold many gigabytes of data despite coming in a small package. Because it is pre-formatted by the manufacturer, the USB Flash drive can be used with a PC or a Mac computer with equal ease. Adding files to the open space, or "root," of a USB Flash drive is an easy procedure, made even more convenient by the fact that the connector is a permanent part of the drive and so cannot be lost.

Step 1

Plug the connector of the USB Flash drive into a USB port on the computer. Wait for the icon of the USB Flash drive to appear on the computer's desktop.

Step 2

Double-click on the icon of the USB Flash drive to open a window displaying its contents.

Step 3

Drag a file or files from the computer's hard drive into a blank space of the USB Flash drive's window on the desktop. Wait as the file or files are copied to the open space, or "root," of the USB Flash drive.

Step 4

Click on the red button at the upper left to close the window if you're using a Mac or on the "X" at the upper right if you're using a PC.

Drag the icon of the USB Flash drive to the Trash if you're on a Mac or right-click on the USB Flash drive's icon and select "Eject" if you're on a PC. Remove the USB Flash drive from the USB port of the computer.


  • Inexpensive USB Flash drives can lose the data they have stored on them over time because of being made with inferior materials.


  • Copying files to a folder that is inside the USB Flash drive does not put the files inside the "root" of the USB Flash drive.
  • The cap that covers the connector on a USB Flash drive will help to keep dirt and dust off it between uses.


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About the Author

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."

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