How to Insert Images into Flash



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How to Put Pictures on a Flash Drive

Two Methods:

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

Steps

On Mac

  1. Plug your flash drive into your Mac.Your computer most likely has rectangular holes, called USB ports, on the sides of its casing (for laptops) or behind the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU for a desktop. You'll insert your flash drive into a USB port.
    • USB ports have a piece of plastic in the top of their slots; you'll also notice that the USB end of your flash drive has a plastic segment. You'll need to insert the drive into your computer's USB port with the plastic segment side of the flash drive on the bottom.
    • If your flash drive won't fit into your computer's USB port, turn it over.
    • Unfortunately, some Macs don't have USB ports.
  2. Open Finder.This app is a blue face icon in your Mac's dock, which is usually at the bottom of the screen.
    • Your flash drive may actually open as soon as you plug it into your computer, in which case you won't have to open the Finder.
  3. Click the flash drive's name.It will be toward the bottom of the left-side panel of the Finder window, below the "Devices" heading. Doing so will open your flash drive's window, into which you may drag your pictures.
    • If your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your Mac, skip this step.
  4. Open Photos.This app, which has a multicolored pinwheel on a white background as its icon, is also in your dock.
  5. Click and drag a photo into the flash drive window.Once you let go of the mouse, your photo will "drop" into the flash drive window, which means it will copy from your computer into the drive.
    • Photos aren't moved from your computer to your flash drive by default; they're copied instead. If you want to move the photos off of your computer, you'll need to delete them from your computer after moving them to the flash drive window.
    • You can hold downShiftwhile clicking photos to select multiple photos, or you can click and drag your cursor across as many photos as you wish to copy.
  6. Repeat this process for all applicable photos.You can put as many photos on your flash drive as the flash drive will allow.
    • For example, a flash drive with 64 gigabytes' worth of space can store roughly 64 gigabytes' worth of photos.
  7. Click the "Eject" button.It's the upward-facing arrow next to the flash drive's name in the Finder window. Doing so will ensure that, when you remove your USB flash drive, your files will remain uncorrupted.
  8. Unplug your flash drive.Your pictures are now on your flash drive. If you'd like to move the photos from your flash drive to another computer, you only need to plug your flash drive into a new computer and then drag the photos from your drive to the computer's Pictures folder.

On Windows

  1. Plug your flash drive into your Windows PC.Your computer most likely has rectangular holes, called USB ports, on the sides of its casing (for laptops) or behind the monitor, on the side of the keyboard, or on the CPU for a desktop. You'll insert your flash drive into a USB port.
    • USB ports have a piece of plastic in the top of their slots; you'll also notice that the USB end of your flash drive has a plastic segment. You'll need to insert the drive into your computer's USB port with the plastic segment side of the flash drive on the bottom.
    • If your flash drive won't fit into your computer's USB port, turn it over.
  2. Open My PC.This app's icon resembles a computer monitor. It should be on your desktop, though you can also open it from within the Start menu by clicking the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then clickingMy PC.
    • On some computers, My PC is called "My Computer" instead.
    • Windows may ask if you want to determine what to do with your USB flash drive. ClickingOKwhen prompted will allow you to select aOpen folder to view filesoption which will open your flash drive's window.
  3. Double-click your flash drive's name.It's under the "Devices and drives" section in the middle of the window.
    • If your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your PC, skip this step.
  4. Right-clickPictures.This folder is in the far-left pane of the My PC window.
    • If your flash drive's window opened when you plugged it into your PC, left-clickPictures.
  5. ClickOpen in new window.Doing so will open a second window to display your computer's "Pictures" folder, which is your computer's default picture storage area.
    • If your flash drive opened when you plugged it into your PC, skip this step.
  6. Click and drag a photo into the flash drive window.Once you let go of the mouse, your photo will "drop" into the flash drive window, which means it will copy from your computer into the drive.
    • Photos aren't moved from your computer to your flash drive by default; they're copied instead. If you want to move the photos off of your computer, you'll need to delete them from your computer after moving them to the flash drive window.
    • You can hold down while clicking photos to select multiple photos, or you can click and drag your cursor across as many photos as you wish to copy.
  7. Repeat this process for all applicable photos.You can put as many photos on your flash drive as the flash drive will allow.
    • For example, a flash drive with 64 gigabytes' worth of space can store roughly 64 gigabytes' worth of photos.
  8. Right-click the flash drive icon in My PC.It's the icon below the "Devices and drives" heading.
  9. ClickEject.Doing so will ensure that, when you remove your USB flash drive, your files will remain uncorrupted.
  10. Unplug your flash drive.Your pictures are now on your flash drive. If you'd like to move the photos from your flash drive to another computer, you only need to plug your flash drive into a new computer and then drag the photos from your drive to the computer's Pictures folder.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    Once you have photos transferred to a flash drive, how do you delete them from your computer without deleting them from the drive?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Once the photos are on your flash drive, no action you take on your computer exclusive of the flash drive will affect the files on the drive. For example, you could upload a photo named "mydog1" to your flash drive, and after it finished copying, you could delete the same photo from your computer without the photo disappearing from your drive.
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  • Question
    How can I remove photos from a phone to a flash drive?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can either upload the photos to a cloud storage service (e.g., Google Drive) and then download them onto your flash drive from there by accessing the cloud storage service on a computer, or you can purchase a third-party adapter that has a USB port on one end and a phone charger plug-in on the other end.
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  • Question
    Can I add a second lot of photos later on the same used stick?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes! As long as there's room left on the flash drive stick, you can return to add or remove photos as you please (unlike a CD-R).
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  • Question
    Why did my photos get shuffled out of order when I moved them?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Your default sorting options for a flash drive may be different than your computer's sort options. To fix this, figure out how your photos are arranged on your computer (e.g., by date or by type) and then right-click (or two-finger click) white space in your flash drive's window, select your computer's version of the "Sort By" option, and select the appropriate option.
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  • Question
    What if there is no Eject button for the second method?
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    Community Answer
    In Windows on the bottom right of the desktop view, there is a row of icons called the System Tray. It includes icons such as that for volume, battery, and internet connection. On the far left of this tray, there is an upward pointing arrow. Click it and find an icon that looks like a flash drive. Click this icon and you will be given options for safely removing storage devices.
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  • Question
    How can I get printed pictures on a flash drive?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You will have to scan the photos to your computer and then transfer them to your flash drive.
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  • Question
    If I put my pictures on the flash drive, do they still remain on my computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on the method you used to place the photos on the flash drive. Go back and verify the photos are no longer located on the computer. If they are, simply delete.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I transfer to a USB on a surface?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This should be the same as for a Windows PC. Find your photos in File Explorer and drag them into the drive's folder.
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  • Question
    My pictures will not transfer when I use the drag and drop method. What do I do?
    Johnnycash1000
    Community Answer
    If dragging and dropping isn't working, you can also try CTRL C, CTRL V. Click on the picture first, then press CTRL C, click inside the folder or where you want to transfer the picture, and then press CTRL V.
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  • Question
    Is there a way to auto play the pictures I download to a thumb drive on my TV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you need a HDMI cord and plug it into your computer. Then plug it into your TV and it should then work.
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Unanswered Questions
  • How do I get my photos to copy in the date order I had them when they copied to the flash drive out of order?
  • Can I delete a photo from a flash drive safely?
  • How do I transfer photos from Windows to an external drive?
  • Will this allow me to transfer pictures to my Windows 10 PC?
  • How can I add music to my photos on a flash drive?
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  • This process will work for any type of drive, be it a flash drive, a hard drive, or a MicroSD card.
  • If you're using a Chromebook, you'll need to plug in your USB flash drive like usual, then click the three-by-three group of dots at the bottom of the screen to open the Files app. Click the bar in the bottom-left corner of the Files pop-up window, select your flash drive's name, and proceed to add your pictures.

Warnings

  • Failing to safely eject your USB drive before removing it from your computer may result in corrupted or lost files.

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