We break down the difference between a flash drive and a Zip drive. Continue reading
Questions: A lot of your articles for backing up files or moving files around say to use a flash drive, but you don’t explain how to use it. My son wanted some photos from my computer and said that I should copy them to flash drive and just send it to him. I bought one at the store, but it doesn’t have any instructions. What do you do with a flash drive? Continue reading
Don from New Mexico writes: How do I delete all the information off a flash drive, so that I can put new information on it? Answer: Formatting a flash drive will wipe all the information off of the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into… Continue reading
I use a flash drive to back up all my data and I leave it plugged in all the time. Does leaving it plugged in all the time wear it out quicker, or should I be plugging it in only when I need to copy something to it? This is great question, especially since we’ve all been conditioned from the days of mechanical hard drives that the longer a mechanical device is running, the shorter its remaining lifespan is. Continue reading
Many flash drives come pre-loaded with a small amount of software. Is it safe to delete this if you plan to use the flash drive only for storage? That really depends on the kind of software on the flash drive. Continue reading
Is formatting a flash drive different than defragging the drive? I generally format the flash drive when I want to clean everything off after having transferred it, I also format my camera card after downloading the pictures. Am I causing too much wear on the cards?
Formats, Defrags, and Flash Drive Death!