How To Use Flash Drives: Thumb Drives

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If you are used to working on computers and are involved in the process of transferring data or files from device to device, you should be familiar with a flash drive. They are also called pen, thumb, or jump drives, and are small, portable devices which hold and transfer data between computers and other devices. An old-time equivalent is a floppy disk, in modern terms, like a compact disk or a memory stick. This device is great for storing photos, files and more. 

To learn how to install and use this device, read through the instructions listed below.

Step 1

Installation. Plug it into any of the USB ports provided on your computer. Wait while the requisite hardware is installed and check for the storage device by clicking on the ‘Start' button on your computer. In the ‘computer' folder, click on the icon or listing which marks the flash drive to open and check what files are available.

Step 2

Copying data to the computer. In the drive folder, choose the files or data you want copied, click on the ‘copy' command and scroll over to the appropriate folder where you want to save the copied files. Click the ‘paste' command in this folder and wait while your files are copied. An action screen will show up on your computer showing the status of copying while the activity is on.

Step 3

Copying data from the computer. The commands for copying files or data from your computer are the same as in step 2, except that the process will now be followed in reverse. Copy from the file folder on the computer and paste the data into the drive folder.

Step 4

Removing the device from the computer. Once you're done with transferring, saving or deleting data, do not just pull out the drive. This can cause your data to become corrupted. Always click on the ‘safely remove hardware' icon which is located in the bottom right hand tray of the computer, click on the device and click the ‘stop' icon. When it is safe to remove it from the computer, a pop-up message will inform you. Click OK on the pop-up and then remove.

Step 5

Advantages. It  is small, compact and more portable than a floppy disk. It is easier to carry around and thumb drives are capable of holding more data than a diskette. Moreover, it is quite quick and efficient in copying and moving data, working at speeds faster than other drive software.

Transferring data is a very simple process and does not require any special skills or knowledge. You always have important data at hand and can access it at any time, making it a very useful device to have.


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