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How do you use a USB flash drive?

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2014-05-20 23:13:50

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.

More Information:

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 search for "flash drive" and look

through the results for a computer or tech site where you can read

about them.

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.

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