Downloading and transferring movies to a USB stick (with images)

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Downloading and transferring movies to a USB stick (with images)
Downloading and transferring movies to a USB stick (with images)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to copy a movie you've downloaded on your Windows or Mac computer to a USB stick. When downloading movies, make sure you don't violate any copyright laws of your country. In most cases, you will need to purchase a movie before you can download it.

Steps

Part 1 of 3: Download a movie

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Step 1. Search for the movie you want to download

There are several websites where you can download movies, from YouTube to file servers. In most legal cases, you will need to purchase the movie before you can download it.

  • When downloading movies, make sure you don't violate any copyright laws that apply in your country.
  • If you are on a torrent site, you can download movies using uTorrent or BitTorrent.
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Step 2. Make sure the selected movie is safe

When downloading anything from the Internet, be suspicious of sites with numerous pop-ups or advertisements, as well as web addresses without 'HTTPS' for the 'www' part.

  • Try to find other people's experiences with the download, as well as reviews. If other users have had viruses or other problems, avoid that site.
  • You also need to make sure that the movie's formats will work on your computer, TV, or other devices you plan to watch the movie on.
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Step 3. Download the file

Click the site's 'Download' button, which could be any button with something like Download and a downward pointing arrow.

  • Depending on your browser's settings, you'll need to choose a download location (e.g. the desktop) before the file can actually be downloaded.
  • Make sure the button you click is the actual download button and not an ad pop-up. The download button is usually a link, not a giant, green, blinking button.
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Step 4. Wait for the movie to download

Once you have downloaded the movie to your computer, you can copy the file to a USB stick.

Part 2 of 3: Transferring files in Windows

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Step 1. Insert your USB stick into the computer

It should fit into a USB port on your computer.

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Step 2. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen, or press the ⊞ Win key.

In Windows 8, place the mouse at the top right of the screen, after which you click on the magnifying glass

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Step 3. Click on the

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File Explorer.

You'll see this icon at the bottom left of the Start window.

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Step 4. Go to the location of the movie

Click the folder where the movie is saved on the left side of the Explorer window.

  • For example, if the Downloads folder is the default download location, click Downloads.
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Step 5. Click on the movie file

This selects it.

If you have downloaded multiple movies, click and drag the cursor to select the group of movie files, or hold down the Ctrl key and click on each individual file to select multiple movies

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Step 6. Click on the Start tab

You'll find this option in the top left corner of the File Explorer window.

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Step 7. Click on Copy to or Move to.

Both options can be found in the 'Organize' section of the main menu in the Explorer window.

  • Copy to – Makes a copy of the selected movie file and place it on the USB stick. The original movie file will not be deleted.
  • Move to – Move the movie file to the USB stick and delete it from your computer.
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Step 8. Click on Choose location

You will find this at the bottom of the drop-down menu, under Copy to or Move to, depending on where you clicked.

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Step 9. Scroll down and click on the name of the USB stick

You can find this under 'My computer' or 'This PC'.

You may need to expand 'My Computer' or 'This PC' first by clicking the arrow next to it

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Step 10. Click Copy or Move.

The button you click depends on the option you chose earlier (Copy to or Move to). Your movie will be transferred to your USB stick.

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Step 11. Remove your USB stick

Once the files have been transferred, click the button in the form of a USB stick at the bottom right of the screen, and click Eject. You can then remove your USB stick.

  • You may have to

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    before you can see the USB stick icon.

Part 3 of 3: Transferring files on a Mac

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Step 1. Insert your USB stick into the computer

It should fit into a USB port on your computer.

If your computer doesn't have USB ports, you'll need a Lightning to USB adapter

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Step #2. Open Finder

It's a blue face icon in your Mac's Dock.

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Step 3. Select your movie

Click the folder where your movie is stored on the left side of Finder, then click the movie.

  • You can also search for the movie in its current location by typing its name in the search box at the top right of the Finder window.
  • If you can't find the movie, click on the folder All my files at the top left of the Finder window to search for it in all your Mac files.
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Step 4. Click on the Edit menu item

You'll find this at the top left of your Mac's screen.

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Step 5. Click on Copy

You can find this in the drop-down menu To process.

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Step 6. Click on the name of your USB stick

You'll find it under the "Devices" heading on the left side of the Finder window.

The name of your USB stick will probably be something like 'NO NAME' by default

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Step 7. Click Edit again, and then on To stick.

This will copy the movie to your USB stick. You may have to wait a few minutes for the copy to finish.

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Step 8. Click the Eject button

It's an up-facing arrow to the right of your USB drive's name in Finder. Do this after the movie has been transferred and then remove your USB stick to complete the procedure.

Tips

  • Before downloading the movie yourself, make sure you check whether the source of the movie is reliable.
  • Torrents are usually much safer than downloading from random websites. Before downloading, you can check the ratings and comments of each torrent to make sure it's safe; if there are no (or bad) ratings or comments, don't download the movie.
  • When downloading via torrent, there may be additional files in the download that you do not need or want, such as sample images or text files. You can usually choose not to download those files to avoid them.

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