How To Use a Jump Drive

If you are looking for a quick way to transfer documents and files from one computer to another, check out what a jump drive can do for you.

A jump drive is a very simple tool used to either transfer or store files from your computer. These files can be anything from a homework assignment to a new song you downloaded.  Nearly any file that can be placed on your computer can be placed on a jump drive, given there is enough memory available. Jump drives come in a variety of memory sizes and colors to suite your file storage needs. To use a jump drive involves one of the USB ports on your computer or system that contains the source file, or the computer to which you want to transfer your file.

The USB port is a basic plug-in port found on every modern manufactured computer and on several other systems such as gaming systems and some camera hardware. To use the jump drive, take off any protective cap on the drive and plug it into the USB port on your computer. The standard jump drive is about three inches long and half an inch thick, so it won't be too much of a hassle to leave it plugged into your computer. Once the drive has been plugged into the USB port you have to wait for the computer or system to recognize the drive and show it as an available drive on your system. Depending on your drive and system settings it can take anywhere from twenty seconds to two minutes to recognize the drive. If you are looking for faster recognition but don't want to pay for a new computer, then consider purchasing a higher-rated model of jump drive.

Once the drive is recognized on your system you can begin dragging and dropping any files you wish to store. Transfer these to the folder or other area your computer has set up for the drive. There may be a wait of a couple of seconds between transferring a document from your computer to the drive, due to the syncing and compatibility issues. Once you have all the documents you want to store or transfer on the drive, you can eject the drive through your computer settings. Once it has been ejected from your computer screen, you can physically remove it from the USB port. Now you have your files available for transfer and in storage; when you are ready to transfer, just go through the same process; instead of dragging from your computer to the drive do the opposite.

Overall, using a jump drive is a very simple process; you just have to give your computer time to identify the drive and to transfer the files.


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