How to Copy Files from a USB Drive to Windows 11 PC

This post shows students and new users steps to copy or transfer files from a USB flash or thumb drive to a Windows 11 computer. A USB or portable drive is a common way of transferring files from one computer to another easily.

Windows 11 supports many types of USB and portable drives. From USB 2.0/3.0 to USB-C to pen drive and more, depending on if your computer has a port or external USB adapters available.

A lot computers already have built-in USB ports available. You may to purchase an external adapter if your computer doesn’t have enough USB ports available. Once a USB drive is connected to your computer, make sure it’s properly plugged in, and working.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Don’t be afraid to use Windows 11, we’ll show you how to use it and help you copy your files from your memory cards or USB drives easily.

To get started transferring your files from a USB drive to Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to transfer files from USB flash drive to Windows 11

Once you have the correct USB ports available for the thumb drive with your files, insert the drive into the USB port. A USB-C drive goes into the USB-C port and USB 2.0/3.0 goes into the standard USB port.

Depending on your computer settings, Windows 11 will notify you to choose what to do with the files, similar to the notification below.

Select to choose what happens with removable drives

Then new pop up should come up with options on what to do with the drive inserted. At this point, click Open folder to view files.

In some cases, you may not get a prompt, and File Explorer will automatically open and show you the content of the drive. If File Explorer doesn’t open the memory card or drive automatically, click on This PC on the left, then double-click a newly attached drive with a letter E, F, G or H?

At this point, you can either choose to transfer a single file or all the files on the memory card to your computer. If you’re transferring all the file, then pressing CTRL + A on your keyboard to select all the file. You can also read this post to learn how to select files.

Once you’ve selected the file or all the files, press the Windows key  Press the Windows key  and E on your keyboard. A new windows of File Explorer will open up. Simply browse to where you want to put the copied files, then press the CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the file(s).

You may also use the mouse to select and copy/paste files to Windows 11. Read the post below to learn how to select items on Windows 11 to copy and paste.

How Select Files and Folders in Windows 11 – Website for Students

That should do it.


This post showed you how to transfer files from a USB thumb drive to Windows 11 PC. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.