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Using a lexar usb drive with document typed on windows (dell

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Using a lexar usb drive with document typed on windows (dell computer). Had to make changes so used apple (mac word 2008). Tried to save, would not save and entire dociment was deleted from usb drive. why?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
Never open documents from a USB drive directly. They are for transferring files only, copy to your desktop work on it, then copy back. It should not have deleted it but it may have screwed it up.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
That is what I tried to do. It was opened, then I tried to save it to the computer hard drive. A pop up said word can't save and when i hit the red x to close the document disappeared. it is no longer on the USB or the computer. How do you copy to the desktop?
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
So when you double click on the drive icon ther are no files?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The other files are there. i can open and view. As long as i dont attempt to modify or save, they are ok
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
Select the drive hold down Option and drag over to any empty space on the desktop. That will copy the contents.
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Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
Of course you can just drag any file from the USB drive to the desktop to copy. You know that right?