Windows 10: Backup to Flash Drive Solved

  1.    14 Oct 2017 #1

    Backup to Flash Drive


    I am experimenting backing up my personal documents on to a flash drive (no moving parts) rather than an external hard drive but I'm facing a problem creating folders on the flash drive. Say my computer is called XYZ, the external hard drive allows me to create folders, like \XYZ\Documents, \XYZ\Music, \XYZ\photos, etc. but the flash drive does not allow me to use \ in my folder name. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal behaviour for a flash drive? Thanks in advance for all help.
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       14 Oct 2017 #2

    \ is not an allowed character in a folder name for obvious reasons.
    Assuming you are in the USB drive, in my case (E:\) you would make folders for Documents, Music, Photos etc.
    https://support.office.com/en-us/art...2-eb39e07630fa
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  3.    14 Oct 2017 #3

    Tony Vella said: View Post
    I am experimenting backing up my personal documents on to a flash drive (no moving parts) rather than an external hard drive but I'm facing a problem creating folders on the flash drive. Say my computer is called XYZ, the external hard drive allows me to create folders, like \XYZ\Documents, \XYZ\Music, \XYZ\photos, etc. but the flash drive does not allow me to use \ in my folder name. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal behaviour for a flash drive? Thanks in advance for all help.
    From a command prompt

    md xyz

    cd xyz

    md documents

    md music

    md photos

    etc.
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  4.    14 Oct 2017 #4

    The \ character is used to separate path components and cannot be used in folder or file names. This is the case for all versions of Windows and all Windows file systems and for all devices. In the example of "XYZ\photos" "XYZ" and "photos" are separate folders, "photos" being a subfolder of "ZYX".
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