How do you know if your Dell computer has flash drive capabilities?
Flash drive capabilities depends on two things. 1. USB Interface
2. Opperating System -1- USB (Universal Serial Bus) It's basically
a serial bus standard to interface devices. The basis is to allow
devices to connect directly to the computer while its powered on
and appear to be semi seamless. Plugging in a device while a
computer is on is called Hot Swapping. Every single computer
created in the past 7-8 years will have USB connections on them, so
unless you are running a P1 or a 386 you should have no problem
with this part. Identifying a USB port is very easy too, its a slim
opening on the machine itself, and easily identified.
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gifusb4.jpg That image is a pretty
decent representation of what a USB port on the computer looks
like. -2- Operating System If you are using Windows XP or newer,
you will have no problems plugging in a flash drive. If you are
using Windows 2000 or Windows 98 you -may- need special drivers to
get it to work properly. A flash drive purchased from the store
should give you everything you need.