Copying folders from C: to external hard drive or USB


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    Copying folders from C: to external hard drive or USB


    I'm switching from an old desktop running XP to a new laptop running Windows 10.
    I've copied folders, including some programs, to an external hard drive and/or a USB.

    Windows Explorer in XP allowed me to just highlight files or folders I want to copy, then right click to copy them to HD or USB, and vice versa.

    How do I accomplish this in Win10?
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  2. Posts : 34,871
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Selection:
    1. left click first file, hold CTRL down, click all other files you want if they are not contiguous.

    2. Also select a range- left click, drag the selection, release.

    3. Also left click to select 1st file, move to end of desired list, SHIFT + left click.

    Then you can, e.g. rt click and drag your selection to destination, release & select from the options e.g. move, copy...

    Nothing special.. are you experiencing some particular difficulty?
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Copying folders


    I just did that, using a two-step operation, first copying selected files, then opening the external hard drive and clicking on Paste.

    I thought I would be able to have both panels (C: and E:) open side by side, so I could just drag and drop. But when I open E:, C: closes!


    dalchina said:
    Selection:
    1. left click first file, hold CTRL down, click all other files you want if they are not contiguous.

    2. Also select a range- left click, drag the selection, release.

    3. Also left click to select 1st file, move to end of desired list, SHIFT + left click.

    Then you can, e.g. rt click and drag your selection to destination, release & select from the options e.g. move, copy...

    Nothing special.. are you experiencing some particular difficulty?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 12,413
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #4

    BobbiGraham said:
    I just did that, using a two-step operation, first copying selected files, then opening the external hard drive and clicking on Paste.

    I thought I would be able to have both panels (C: and E:) open side by side, so I could just drag and drop. But when I open E:, C: closes!
    I usually have 2 or more instances of File Explorer open at the same time, right now just 2. To get more than 1 copy I right-click the File Explorer icon on the Taskbar then either click what would be a History or click File Explorer to just open another one. If not wanting to rearrange them I can right-click a blank area of the Taskbar and choose Cascade or Stacked side by side then the drag will work from a Folder on one drive/partition to another drive/partition, whatever is open.
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  5. Posts : 34,871
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    Or make sure you have the relevant folder visible in the navigation pane, and drag from the other pane to that.
    Or use a 3rd party dual pane file manager.
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