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Document transfer from vista hard drive to memory stick

How can I transfer "My Documents" from my Vista hard drive to a memory stick, as back up, without deleting the existing files on the memory stick?

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  • gm_cockerham Jan 10, 2009

    It is 4 gb. I want to learn the process to transfer to the memory stick without having to deleter the data from the stick and then reload it.

  • OregonDucks
    OregonDucks May 11, 2010

    How many gbs can your memory stick hold?

    Your documents might be to big to fit on it.

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4gb is not enough space to hold the entire My Documents directory unless you have an extremely small amount of data in it. If you take many photo's it wont be long before My Documents is too big to fit. Suggest that you back up this directory to a set of CDs or DVDs,

If you want to update a memory stick just copy My Documents from Vista to the memory stick. Vista will ask if you want to overwrite. Click [on overwrite all] and the job is done.

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Please indicate the OS of your PC and your laptop, as well as the versions of MS Works being used on both. Also, if you could describe the steps you take in detail it would be helpful. For instance, when you "loaded a couple of documents from" your PC, was this done by copying using a My Computer window, or by opening and saving to the Attache while in Works? Further, when you attempt to transfer them to the laptop, are you using My Computer, Explorer, or attempting to open them in Works? There is a difference in the potential issues based on the methods you are trying to use - this is why I ask.

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