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Flash Drives 101

Friday, September 28th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

We here at WorldStart have sold several flash drives in the past and because of that, it seems like I’m always being asked exactly how to use one. That being said, I thought I’d take the matter into my own hands today and give you a brief overview on how to use a flash drive. They’re very easy to use and I think once you’re done reading/watching this tip, you’ll be well on your way to flash drive freedom. Let’s check it out!

The first thing you’ll want to do is go to your desktop and double click on the My Computer icon. If you’re using Windows Vista or 7 go to Start>Computer. Leave that open and then continue on with the next step. Next, you need to actually plug the flash drive into your computer. If you use Windows XP or Vista or 7, you don’t need any drivers to get the flash drive up and running. Just plug it into one of your available USB ports and your computer will automatically recognize it. A “Found New Hardware” bubble will pop up in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop, so always look for that before you do anything else. On the other hand, if you happen to use an older version of Windows, you’ll need to install the driver CD that comes with your flash drive in order for it to work properly.

Now, make sure you have your eye on the My Computer window and when you plug your flash drive in, look there to see where the flash drive goes. More than likely, it will bring up a new drive for you and it will be labeled as “Removable.” On my computer, it comes up as “Removable Disk (L:),” but yours could be different, so just keep an eye on it. Once you find the correct drive letter, double click on it and you should see an empty window. (Don’t worry, it’s only empty, because you haven’t put anything in it yet!) You can then go and find the files you want to save to your flash drive and just drag and drop or copy and paste them into the window. That’s all there is to it. Once you have all the files you want saved on there, you can then go and put them on another computer or whatever you need to do. Flash drives really are awesome little devices and now you know that using them can be as easy as pie!

~ Erin

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