How do you use a USB flash drive?
The answer to this question lies within your OS (Operating
System). If you have Windows XP, plug your flash drive directly
into any available USB port on your PC (Personal Computer), then
double-click "My Computer". There should be an extra drive letter
listed to represent your flash drive. I believe the same goes for
Windows ME & Macintosh. I do know however that Windows '98
requires driver software to make a flash drive recognize. It is
recommended to first install the software, reboot, then plug in the
flash drive upon bootup. Should this order not be followed,
problems may occur when attempting to recognize, store or retrieve
Install the USB Flash Drive:
Plug the USB flash drive into a free USB port on your laptop (it
is an approximately 1/2" slot, either on the side or back of the
Windows XP operating system should recognize it. It may ask you
what you want to do with it. Select "Open folder to view files
using Windows Explorer" and click OK.
Operating system should assign it a drive letter (see the title
of the Windows Explorer window that opens).
Use the USB Flash Drive:
In Windows Explorer, click Folders button on the menu bar to
show the installed drives on the left pane of the screen.
To copy a file from c:\ (hard drive) to flash drive:
Find the file you wish to copy on the c:\ drive.
Right-click it and select Copy.
Right-click the location on the new drive where you wish to
paste the file, and select Paste.
(File should now appear in desired location.)
Uninstall the USB Flash Drive:
Close Windows Explorer and any applications (MS Word) that may
be using the flash drive.
In the lower right corner of the screen is the System Tray. In
it is an icon that when moused over reads "Safely Remove Hardware".
Click this icon once to display list of devices installed.
Click the device you wish to remove (probably e:\ drive, will
probably be described as a mass storage device).
Notification will appear in the lower right corner saying that
it is safe to remove the drive.
(If you open Windows Explorer at this point, it should no longer
show this drive in the drive list.)
How do you copy flash drive?
Insert the flash for recognition by the computer. Usually a
window will open by itself showing contents of flash. If space
permits, open another file and copy what you will by "Drag and
drop" or right click "send to" and highlight the flash. Most blink
to show files being copied. If it is full, can transfer by "Drag
and drop" to the computer of highlight what you want to delete and
hit "delete". Sometimes must also erase from recycle file to get
rid of items.
Your best bet is going to be following the instructions that
come with your flash drive. If you haven't bought one yet and are
just curious do a google.com search for "flash drive" and look
through the results for a computer or tech site where you can read
How To Use a USB Flash Drive
First, if you don't already have one, buy a USB flash Drive.
Second, put the flash drive into the USB slot. Choose what
picture, music, e.t.c that you want to transfer to another
computer. Then you notice that the USB icon appeared on your
desktop, you drag your picture, music, e.t.c to that icon. Now you
have uploaded your picture, music, e.t.c to your Flash Drive.
Third, on your keyboard in the top right corner you notice the
eject button. Click it and then take out your Flash Drive.
Fourth, put the Flash Drive into the other computer, and you
notice -once again-the USB icon on your desktop. Now double click
the icon and CONGRATS! You now have your picture, music, e.t.c. And
you can download it to your hard drive by dragging it to a Folder
of your choice. NOTE: DO NOT take out your Flash Drive without
pressing the eject button.