How To Use a Flash Drive on My Computer

It used to be that the most popular way of keeping files and data from a computer is by using floppy discs. Remember those fragile discs that you had to carry along, tucked in one of those hard protective cases? You may smile now as you recall those good old days – ah, the crudeness, you may say. Well, technology is ever evolving and improving hence presently there is the reliable flash drive that took the place of the floppy discs. Flash drives are smaller, more compact and very handy to use. They actually look like small lighters and easily slip in a pocket or purse. What more, they can store as many files as its capacity can contain. Whereas floppy discs before could only contain a few documents, flash discs can keep larger files, so long as it has storage support.

To use a flash drive in your operating system particularly on MyComputer, follow these tips:

  • Find the USB port in your computer. If you are using a desk top, locate the port either on the back or front of the CPU. On the other hand if you are using a laptop, the USB ports are on either or both left and right sides of the laptop. This is where you need to insert your flash drive. Turn on your computer and wait for it to load.
  • Stand by while the computer loads and reads the USB flash drive. The speed by which the loading takes place depends on the memory and hard drive capacity of your computer. You will know if the drive has installed because you will see an icon on the right hand corner of the screen saying “new hardware found”.
  • Clean and set up the flash drive. You may have previously stored some data on the flash drive yet you do not need the information anymore. Delete the information and reformat the drive to cater to your current requirements. When your drive is unloaded from unnecessary files, it earns back the space or memory formerly occupied by your previous data. Hence, with bigger storage space, your flash drive will function more efficiently. To format the drive, open the window leading to “My Computer”. Select the flash drive option and right click the mouse then click the “Format” tab. As you reformat the drive, you may assign another name to it if you wish.
  • Go to the menu file of MyComputer window. Going to the menu, you will now see if you were able to format the drive properly. If you see the drive is empty, then you have formatted it correctly. If not, you need to go over the procedure one more time. Start storing new data on the drive if you have the need to do so. Press CTRL+V or CTRL+C whenever you have something to copy and paste in your flash drive. You may also opt at just dragging the files from its former port to the USB.
  • Go to the “Properties” file menu. In order to know how much storage space is available in your drive, open the “Properties” port. The Properties menu will also give you an idea of how much storage space you still have left.
  • Check the contents of your flash drive. Reset the computer and open it again to check if indeed the data transfer and flash drive reformatting has been successful.

Cautiously take out the flash drive from the computer. Do this carefully by clicking the icon on the lower right portion of the computer that says:” it is now safe to remove the hardware”. Once you see this sign, it is okay to remove the flash disk, and you are sure the new contents will not be corrupted because of proper use and handling.


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