How to move or copy files from one hard drive to another in Windows

Note:
The instructions below are for copying your data from one location to another leaving the original data intact. This can be used to create a manual backup of important data on drives (such as the WD Elements Portable) which does not include backup software. It can also be used to transfer data from one computer to another using an external hard drive. If the intent is to move files (Remove files from their original location and add them to the new location) simply replace the word Copy with Cut in each instruction.

IMPORTANT Important: Please note, any interruption during a Cut and Paste operation may result in data loss at both, source and destination locations.

There are several ways you can move or copy data from drive to drive. One of the most common ways to move data is by Copy and Paste or Cut and Paste. Below are some instructions for how you can do either operation. The screenshots below were taken using Windows 10. Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP may look different, when you navigate around in Windows Explorer, but the steps are the same.

  1. Open File Explorer or My Computer.

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  2. Select the Folder containing the data you want to move. In this case, it's Pictures. You could do this as easily with a Folder.

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  3. Now, highlight the data you want to copy and paste. Then right-click on the highlighted area. A menu will pop up. Left-click on Copy. Alternately, click to highlight the file or folder to be copied, then press and hold the Ctrl + C keys for Copy or Ctrl + X keys for Cut.

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  4. Next, navigate to the drive that you want to paste the data in, and click on it to open it up on the right side. (You should find it listed under My Computer on the left side of Explorer.) Right-click anywhere in the right window, and a menu will again pop up. Left-click on Paste. Alternately press and hold the Ctrl + V keys for Paste.

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  5. Your data has now been copied into the new location, and you may close Windows Explorer.

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