Storing Files on Flash Drive

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 15 months ago

    I notice some of you store your files on a flash drive. Is it really as easy as it sounds?

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Extremely easy.  Open a word processing document, copy and paste your article to it and save it on the flash drive.  Takes less than 5 minutes.  I store them by topic and keep them alphabetized so that I can find them easily and I always back up the flash drive with a second one at the end of each month.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Great tips, thank you.

  2. lobobrandon profile image90
    lobobrandonposted 15 months ago

    Are you asking if storing stuff on a flash drive is easy or do you mean copying the work from HP and saving it etc.?

    If you are asking about a flash drive. It's as simple as copying a file from one folder of your computer onto another smile

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 15 months ago

    Both actually. But, I could just store my originals on a flash drive.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image95
      Jean Bakulaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Kenna,
      I am computer challenged and only learned what I had to do as I had to learn it for my needs. When I began writing online, it was my then HS aged son who suggested the flash drive. All you do is plug it into one of the USB ports. Then you know what you do when you go to Word Documents to save it? By the time you have copied one thing on the flash drive, the computer will call it by a capital letter. Save to your documents, and then save to whatever letter your flash drive is named. Five seconds, tops. I save all my important legal documents, contracts, and anything else on there too. If your computer dies it can save you a lot of headaches. And a flash drive has loads of room. Do it!

      I don't trust clouds, they don't always work and I've been unable to retrieve things from them.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Jean, Thank you. It seems so simple. You are lucky to have your HS age son who can help you. My daughter, who just started college, knows way more about computer technology than I do. It's so simple for them. smile

  4. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 15 months ago

    Store your article or other documents in the Cloud also. You can use Google Drive, Microsoft Onedrive, Dropbox or other Cloud storage. It's double insurance in case your house burns down or burglars make off with your computer.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
      Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Good point! I can see burglars taking off with the "Great Works of Kenna McHugh." I use Google Docs but not enough to keep everything nice safe. I plan to change that now.

  5. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 15 months ago

    I do indeed stash backups online. Malware totally trashed my computer a decade or two ago. If/When this computer gets trashed and restore doesn't work, I'll just reformat to Linux. I only use this computer as a terminal anyway.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Update.

      Basically, flash drives is how the majority of company and government websites get infected with malware. Someone gets paid to insert into any USB port and then the company/gov site goes down in flames.

      I really should be paid for this.

      Meanwhile, as to personal back ups; flash drives cost money, cloud is free.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Flash drives cost very little and give you full control.  I do not trust the cloud because it can possibly be hacked.  Not willing to take that chance.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image90
          paradigmsearchposted 15 months agoin reply to this

          You are right. Anyone who still has to worry about current or future employers should do as you say.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image90
            paradigmsearchposted 15 months agoin reply to this

            Bump.

            1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
              Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

              True!

  6. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 15 months ago

    I am glad I don't work for the government. Cloud is the way to go for such. Have you ever upload or download an image from a Cloud to an HP article?

    1. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      All my HP articles are stored in the cloud: DropBox. They are also mirrored on my laptop and I can access them all from mobile devices should it be necessary. DropBox looks like a normal folder on my laptop. Also my daughter's laptop is also set to keep my backups although she can't access them. I like to be covered big_smile

      I have the subscription version which is $10/£6 per month. Worth every penny. Everything is on there, from photos, to documents, to Evernote content, videos of my kids, backups of my work in Scrivener. Everything.

      You can actually write in DropBox now as there's something called DropBox Paper. However, it's a bit basic.

      You don't download files, but simply open and copy and paste from the application into HP capsules.

      The writer's dream-team apps: Scrivener, DropBox and Evernote. I wouldn't be without them.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        This is very helpful, thank you. I have clients who use Dropbox. I am familiar with it but never used it for my own writing and personal needs. I just took a look at Scrivener and Evernote. It is something to consider. Scrivener cost is low compared to Word. I've had Evernote on my mobile device but never used it.

  7. lobobrandon profile image90
    lobobrandonposted 15 months ago

    I love Dropbox and couldn't live without it too smile As a major player in the industry, I move a lot, I moved 6 times in the last 2 years (different cities for university stuff not because I'm a fan of moving). I could misplace flashdrives if I depended on them. Not that it's a bad idea, but I'm a Dropbox person.

  8. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 15 months ago

    Dropbox is easy to use. I have quite a bit of experience with via clients. I like to avoid monthly fees as much as possible smile I use Google Drive. Though, I am not sure if I can copy and past images on HP with Google Drive.

    1. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Yes you can go to drive.google.com and upload entire folders. Also, they do have a system that integrates with your computer, but it's not as cool as the way Dropbox does it. So I didn't bother much with that. But you could look it up.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        I am a quasi-google doc user (if there is such a term). Flash drives are more secure. I plan to do both.

        1. lobobrandon profile image90
          lobobrandonposted 15 months agoin reply to this

          Nice term.

          1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
            Kenna McHughposted 15 months agoin reply to this

            smile

 
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