# Copy files from Windows to your WSL instance

Let’s say you want to copy or move files from a Windows drive into your WSL instance. You could use /mnt/c/path/to/file from within WSL, e.g.:

cd $HOME mv /mnt/c/Users/youruser/Documents/project/myproject .  Another way is to access the WSL instance’s drive from the outside. • Navigate to \\wsl$\Ubuntu-20.04\home\your_username and drop the files there

Please note that WSL prohibits access to any root-owned files or directories through the \\wsl$\<distro> share. • Create a directory under root / and chown to your user:  sudo mkdir /project sudo chown$USER:\$USER /project


You should be able to drop into that folder as well.