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Transferring data from 1 flash drive to another flash drive


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#1 ReneeIII

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:28 PM

I would like to transfer all of the files on 1 flash drive to another flash drive. Dragging them takes too long. Is there a quicker way to transfer the files?


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:50 PM

There really isn't another way to copy them. They have to physically read from one device and write on another. Depending on size of files and how many, it can indeed take a while. The only thing that would speed up the process is if you had USB 3.0 drives. I assume you are using 2.0.


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:01 PM

Most of my flashdrives are 2.0. Just bought 1 that is 3.0. Waiting on a 3.0 Hub from China. How would using the 3.0 speed things up?

 

On laptop at work found instructions to control copy. I wonder if that would work.


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:12 PM

'Cntrl-C' is just a shortcut method of copying things, you then use 'Cntrl-V' to paste . It won't speed up the actual process. The PC can only read and write so fast with USB 2.0. Using USB 3.0 would speed it up because it has a faster read/write speed than 2.0.

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:25 PM

I would like to transfer all of the files on 1 flash drive to another flash drive. Dragging them takes too long. Is there a quicker way to transfer the files?

 Plug both flash drives in.  Open the one you want to copy from and click on one of the files.  Then hold down the CTRL button and press the A key.  That will highlight everything on the drive.  Now right-click one of the files and click COPY.  Now go to the flash drive you want to copy to.  Click somewhere in that drive, then right-click and click PASTE.  That will copy everything from the source to the target flash drive.

 

 Good luck.


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:27 PM

Just for the record, note that you will only benefit in terms of speed using a USB 3 memory stick or a USB 3 hub if you have a USB 3 port on the computer to plug it into. Plugging a USB 3 device into a USB 2 port will still only give you USB 2 levels of performance. As USB 3 is compatible with USB 2 it will work, but only at USB 2 levels.

 

An easy visual check for a USB 3 port is to look at the plastic 'tongue' you can see in the port - the bit that only lets a USB plug go in one way round. If it's blue, it's USB 3. If it is black or gray it is USB 2.

 

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 07:39 PM

 

I would like to transfer all of the files on 1 flash drive to another flash drive. Dragging them takes too long. Is there a quicker way to transfer the files?

 Plug both flash drives in.  Open the one you want to copy from and click on one of the files.  Then hold down the CTRL button and press the A key.  That will highlight everything on the drive.  Now right-click one of the files and click COPY.  Now go to the flash drive you want to copy to.  Click somewhere in that drive, then right-click and click PASTE.  That will copy everything from the source to the target flash drive.

 

 Good luck.

 

That worked great on the laptop with ubunto os. thanks!!



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Posted 15 March 2016 - 08:42 AM

 Good to hear, thanks for the feedback.  I never tried it with Linux, so I'm glad to know it works there too.  Ubuntu and Mint distros have made their user interface a lot like Windows, so I'm not too surprised.


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 08:50 AM

 

 

I would like to transfer all of the files on 1 flash drive to another flash drive. Dragging them takes too long. Is there a quicker way to transfer the files?

 Plug both flash drives in.  Open the one you want to copy from and click on one of the files.  Then hold down the CTRL button and press the A key.  That will highlight everything on the drive.  Now right-click one of the files and click COPY.  Now go to the flash drive you want to copy to.  Click somewhere in that drive, then right-click and click PASTE.  That will copy everything from the source to the target flash drive.

 

 Good luck.

 

That worked great on the laptop with ubunto os. thanks!!

 

Ah, I didn't realize you were literally copying them one at a time. Then yeah in that case there is a faster way, lol!

Glad you got it worked out.

 

 Good to hear, thanks for the feedback.  I never tried it with Linux, so I'm glad to know it works there too.  Ubuntu and Mint distros have made their user interface a lot like Windows, so I'm not too surprised.

There are a ton of keyboard control shortcuts in Linux (plus the option to customize and make your own). The generic copy, paste ones are the same there as they are in Windows.


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:11 PM

What you can try to do is, move your mouse over them while holding down the left mouse button, then when you are done let the mouse go, then drag it into the place you want to bring it to.


You can also try pressing the CTRL button, then while pressing it, press A then drag it. 


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 07:15 PM

I really hate to resurrect the old or dead thread but I'm reading the responses to this question and I'm wondering where are all the computer experts?

 

Control click this, Alt click that, are those really answers to the question? Well they are answers but are they helpful answers.

 

How about using the command line prompt. Specifically XCOPY or even better ROBOCOPY. I haven't actually timed it with a stopwatch but it's called robust file copy for a reason Plus maybe it'll save a little time because it's not using the GUI.

 

Just my two cents.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:05 PM

I really hate to resurrect the old or dead thread but I'm reading the responses to this question and I'm wondering where are all the computer experts?

 

Control click this, Alt click that, are those really answers to the question? Well they are answers but are they helpful answers.

 

How about using the command line prompt. Specifically XCOPY or even better ROBOCOPY. I haven't actually timed it with a stopwatch but it's called robust file copy for a reason Plus maybe it'll save a little time because it's not using the GUI.

 

Just my two cents.

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The problem, BDS, is that the bottleneck has nothing to do with how a straight copy (and I'm presuming that's what we're talking about here) is kicked off.

 

I love ROBOCOPY as much as the next command-line-loving-for-certain-tasks guy, but I don't think it makes much of any difference in what the copy trigger is.  The time taken to update the GUI is virtually nothing when compared against the data throughput.


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:14 PM

Try a 3rd party file manager like Altap Salamander.

 

This is a 30-day trial version, so uninstall when finished copying -

 

https://www.altap.cz/salamander/downloads/

 

I honestly don't know whether it copies files faster than Windows Explorer, but it seems to to me.

 

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 03:03 AM

What I do to transfer backup files from one USB drive to another...

 

1. Create a "target" folder on the USB drive you're copying to.

 

2. Create a shortcut to the "target" folder and move it to your SendTo folder (C:\Users\<Your User Name>\SendTo). The folder wll need to be unhidden to see it. Go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab - double click on the Hidden files and folders icon and enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

 

3. Open the "source" folder of the USB drive you're copying from.

 

4. Click on Edit in the tool bar and click on Select All (assumes of course you want to copy everything in the "source" folder)

 

5. With all files highlighted, right-click to bring up the Context Menu, navigate to SendTo and expand the selections, then click on the "target" folder entry.

 

That's it.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 05:38 AM

A year old Thread that was solved , to the satisfaction of the OP.

 

Im Laughing inside but no one can hear me , or can you ?

 

Resurrected Thread to a anomolly of various methods that all work but seem to be , do this ,  do that , and again , back to this - that ......

 

Even Better - { Or I Did It My Way" } .....Credits to Ol Blue Eyes.

 

Plug In Usbs , open Explorer , Left Clk and Hold Blank Area of Usb contents , Drag Cursor Over all Files to highlight , Left Clk any File and Hold , Drag all files to other Usb and take your Finger off.......That takes about 11.3 secs out of your life to complete.

 

Then Go and make a coffee , Have a Shower , Make Dinner , Visit Someone , or run it overnight for large transfers. 






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