How To Use A Flash Drive?

March 18, 2019

Almost all of us are aware of the Flash drive. Just to recall, Flash drive is nothing but a small, removable hard drive that can be plugged into the USB port of the PC or laptop. This is a convenient way to store all the files, documents, and other data. Once the data is stored, it is now portable and the user can open the content on a different computer. Many people use the flash drive to back up certain important documents/files. This can be inserted into all the devices using the USB Type-A port. Flash drives are commonly referred to as pen drive, jump drives or thumb drives. Some times, even the terms USB drive and SSD are used interchangeably with the flash drive. Flash drives can be rewritten a multiple number of times as the hard drives. They have successfully replaced the floppy drives when talking about the portable storage. Moreover, considering the price and large capacity flash drives they are now slowly replacing even the CD, DVD or any other disc that is often used as a storage device. They come in with different storage capacity ranging from 8GB to 64GB. There even exists flash drives of smaller and larger sizes but you may find it hard to get. Now that we understand what is a flash drive, let us look further and understand how to use the drive.

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Different Ways To Use A Flash Drive

On Mac

Step 1: Plug in the flash drive into the specified USB port. It takes a few seconds for the computer to set the drive so as to access. In case, you find the flash drive is formatted using NTFS file system then it may not be recognized by the Mac OS X.

Step 2: Once the drive is successfully recognized, you will be able to find it on the desktop. Double-click on it to open and access the files in the drive.

Step 3: In case you wish to copy any files into the drive, copy and paste the required files or folders. You can even drag and drop the files from the computer. Once the transfer process is complete, remove the drive safely from your computer.

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On Windows

Step 1: On your PC or laptop, find for the USB port. Normally in laptops, you will find the USB port either on the sides or in the back panel. For PC, there are several ports on the rear.

Step 2: Since the desktops and laptops feature different types of ports such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and other ports, ensure to insert the drive into the correct port.

Step 3: When you insert the flash drive properly, Windows will install the drivers automatically.

Step 4: Navigate through the files that you require to copy and paste them to flash drive. Or click and drag the files/folders to the drive.

Step 5: It may take a few seconds or minutes to complete the transfer process. Once done, remove the flash drive safely by locating the “Safely remove hardware”.

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