How to Save to a Jump Drive

by G.K. Bayne

Jump drives allow a computer user to easily move data from one computer to another. Although known by many names such as memory sticks, flash drives or pen drives, a jump drive because of its size is extremely portable. Some software manufacturers have created versions of their software so that their program can be run on any computer from the drive. Saving data to a jump drive is simple and many programs recognize the drive as a removable disk and will allow it to be automatically used as a backup drive.

Plug the jump drive into your USB port.

Confirm that the computer recognizes the drive by clicking on "My Computer" and looking under the heading Drives with Removable Storage. You should see the drive letter icon for your jump drive.

Select the files or folders you wish to save to the drive.

Right-click on the file and select "Send to" from the option window.

Select the jump drive by clicking on the designated drive letter. The file will then be copied to the jump drive.


  • check When working on a data file within a program, such as Word or Excel, you can save the file to a jump drive by clicking on "File," "Save As" and then selecting the jump drive letter. If the program you are using does automatic timed backups, you can set the jump drive as the backup location. Unless your jump drive is password protected, you should be careful never to lose or misplace the drive, as someone else will be able to read the files. Jump drive prices are low enough that you can use one for data, one for pictures and one for other important information. Most jump drives can be attached to your key ring by the cap or other device on the drive. This makes the drive easy to carry with you without fear of loss.

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