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 data.
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 laptop).
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 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.
Trek Invented the first USB flash drive.
the creator of the usb flash drive is Dov Moran
They are both flash drives. If you have a fast USB port (2.0+) then you can use a USB as RAM.
The difference is the USB part. Some Flash Drives are USB, some are PS2 Port capable, the word Flash Drive is a rounded name for any Drive capable of information being put on it. The USB Flash Drive simply states that this is a flash drive that connects with a USB connector.
You need to make use of 3rd party software to secure your USB flash drive. TrueCrypt and Kakasoft USB Security are both good choices.
Not all computers support booting from a USB Flash drive, and you cannot install Windows from a USB flash drive without extensive effort.
USB is not a flash drive. A flash drive is so called because it uses flash memory that retains data with no power.
You simply plug it in to your USB port and it will detect automatically.
a flash drive or pen drive, or possibly a USB key
I don't think you can with USB; with a FireWire flash drive you can use another computer's target disk mode.