How to Copy a File to the Root of an SD Card

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Secure Digital (SD) is an industry standard for communication between a computer and peripheral devices. The most common use of the SD standard is for Flash memory cards; SD cards can store tens of gigabytes of data in a space comparable to a small postage stamp. Modern computers can read and write data to SD cards, either through a built-in slot or through an external SD card reader. Every SD card comes factory-formatted with a FAT32 file system. You can copy a file to the root directory of that file system.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with a built-in slot for SD cards, or external SD card reader device
  • Log in to the computer. Click "Start," then "My computer." A Windows Explorer window will open. Navigate to the folder containing the file you want to copy to the SD card.

  • Insert the SD card into the computer's built-in slot or into the card reader. A new Windows Explorer window will open, displaying the contents of the root folder of the SD card.

  • Click on the first Windows Explorer window to select it, then click on the file you want to copy. Press "Control-C." Click on the second Windows Explorer window, then press "Control-V." The operating system will copy the file to the root directory of the SD card.

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