Transfer Files To New Computer

 

Dear Computer Lady,

Thank you for being there for us novices.  I have learned a lot from your newsletters and I sure hope you can help me with my problem.

I have a new Windows XP computer.  It does not have a floppy disk drive. How do I use a USB flash drive to transfer data from my old computer, which has a floppy disk drive, to my new computer.  

Thank you for all Your help.  Celia

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Dear Celia,

There are a couple of ways you can go about this transfer of information.

If your old computer has a USB port and is running Windows 98 Second edition, you will be able to go to the website of the USB flash drive and download Windows 98 drivers for the flash drive. I do this all the time with my Sandisk Mini Cruizer drive, just install the file on the old computer, plug in the USB drive and it should automatically be detected and installed.

Once the drive is listed in “My Computer” you can drag files to it just like you would a floppy, but it will hold a lot more!

If your old computer does not have a USB port, or it will not work with the thumb drive, your other choice would be to purchase a USB floppy drive to work with the new computer. This is simply an external floppy drive that attaches to the computer by a USB cable. You should be able to find one in any computer or office supply store. Windows XP will know what to do with the drive as soon as you plug it in.  

Elizabeth 

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