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How to copy files to a Chromebook USB flash drive



Chromebook USB Drive hero image

Chromebooks are designed to store files in the cloud. However, this does not mean that they cannot process local files. If there’s something on your Chromebook that you want to move around using a USB flash drive, we’ll show you how.

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7;s original goal with Chromebooks was to promote cloud computing. The idea was that the storage of your files would not be hardware dependent. However, as Chromebooks are used more and more like “normal” computers, local storage becomes more and more important. Sometimes there is no substitute for a trustworthy USB stick.

First, connect a USB flash drive to your Chromebook. You will see a notification that says “Removable Disk Detected”.

Chromebook USB drive detected message

Then click the App Launcher icon in the lower left to see all of the apps on your Chromebook. From there, open the “Files” app.

Chromebook File Manager App

Find the file you want to copy to your flash drive and right click on it.

Chromebook right click file to copy

Select “Copy” from the context menu.

Chromebook File Manager copy file

Now click on your “USB drive” in the left sidebar.

Select Chromebook File Manager USB Drive

Right-click on an empty space in the USB drive window, then select the Paste option.

Chromebook paste file on USB drive

If you want to put the file in a folder on the flash drive, first open that folder and then Insert.

Select Chromebook USB Drive folder

Alternatively, you can copy files using drag and drop. Click and hold a file and drag it over your USB drive. Hovering your mouse over the drive for a few seconds will expand it to show all of the folders on the drive. Drop the file to paste it on the drive.

Chromebook drag and drop files to copy and paste

To safely remove the USB flash drive, click the Eject icon and pull out the drive.

Chromebook Eject USB drive

That’s all there is to it! Copying files to a USB flash drive on Chromebooks works the same as any other Windows 10 PC or Mac.




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