How to Back Up to a Flash Drive

Kingston USB Flash DriveBackups, backups, backups. We all know we need them, we all regret it deeply when something goes wrong and we don’t have one and yet we all hate doing them!

There are many different ways to back up your important data, from CD’s and DVD’s to external hard drives, NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices to backup servers, and iCloud to Carbonite – it seems the options are endless.

One option that I like,though, which many people don’t think of or just ignore, is backing up to USB Flash Memory drives – It’s quick, easy and very cheap!

What is Important Data?


Important data is really anything you’ve created using a computer that you wouldn’t want to lose. In this electronic age, our keepsakes are, increasingly, files on a computer, not objects in a display case. Here’s just a few examples:


  • Photos
  • Music
  • Letters and emails
  • Important documents
  • Websites / blogs
  • Videos
  • Progress in a game

…and the list goes on.

Important data is simply anything in electronic form that is important to you and fortunately, in the age of electronic keepsakes, creating complete backups in case of unexpected loss is easy!

Backing up is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3… umm…  4 -5,

Making a backup is very easy, as long as you know where the data is that you need to back up and have something to back up onto.

USB flash drives are easy to find these days.  It seems every store sells them and you can get them in all shapes and sizes. You can even get them in the shape of your favorite cartoon character. As a medium-term backup solution, they are cost effective, reliable, and generally pretty hard to break!

I call them a medium-term solution because, depending on all sorts of factors, their ability to store data once it has been written to them seems to range from five to ten years which, for most of us, is plenty of time. If you want to store something electronically for generations to come though, they are probably not the best solution.

My personal choice of drive manufacturer is Kingston Technology. I’ve been using their memory products for years and trust their reliability.

In the video below, I show you how to make a backup of your data onto a Flash Drive for safekeeping.

The process is simple:

  1. Slot the drive into an available USB port on your computer
  2. Select the files you want to back up
  3. Right click on your selected files and choose “copy”
  4. Navigate using your file manager to the USB drive
  5. Right click on the flash drive and choose “paste”

Pretty easy, huh?

Depending on how much data you are backing up, it may take a few minutes (or even longer) to copy all the data across, but when it’s done, you’ll have an exact copy of your data on the drive ready to be stored away somewhere safe.

The last thing to do is right click on the drive in your file manager and select “Eject”. This will close any open files and make it safe for you to pull the drive out of your computer.

Backing Up Your Website

If you want to make a backup of your blog or website onto a flash drive, you need to first download all the files (and any databases) onto your computer and you can then copy them onto the flash drive using the process described above.


I have twenty-five Kingston 8Gb Flash Drives to give away. You can enter in the box below. You will get 1 point towards your entry for following me on Twitter, 2 for tweeting about the giveaway, 2 for leaving a comment on this blog post, and 3 for liking my page on Facebook!

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About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

11 thoughts on “How to Back Up to a Flash Drive”

  1. Pluto412 says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  2. BoLo18 says:

    Good tutorial; a lot of folks don’t realize the important of backing up data even though it’s 2013. Thanks for a chance to win!

  3. Joel Little says:

    I commented!

  4. AWu says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. andrew says:

    thanks i hope i win!

  6. Dylan Mabbry says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  7. April says:

    Who doesn’t love having another USB laying around?

  8. S. Etole says:

    Sounds like a good deal to me.

  9. Jim Sayles says:

    Good info, thanks!

  10. Andrew S says:

    Thanks so much for the flash drive! I’m glad to have won one. 🙂 Cheers mate!

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