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Thumb Drive

Friday, May 12th, 2006 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management
 
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Q:
I see that you often have USB thumb drives on sale, but if I order one, I don’t even know how to begin using it. Can you please give some basic instructions?

A:
A USB thumb drive is, believe it or not, very easy to use. It’s not hard for any computer user to figure it out and if you’re really interested in purchasing one, you shouldn’t put it off any longer, because the setup really isn’t that bad. I know it may sound confusing if you’re not used to some of this new technology, but if you buy one, you’ll be up to par in no time.

If you have Windows XP or 2000, the setup couldn’t be easier. All you do is plug the thumb drive that you get into one of your USB ports on your computer. XP automatically recognizes the new hardware and you can start dragging your files to your new external file saver (the thumb drive). You don’t even have to worry about connecting to a drive if you have XP or 2000, because it is driverless, so you can just plug it in and play.

If you have Windows 98 or ME, the setup is a little different, but again, it’s not too difficult. Just plug the thumb drive into one of your USB ports and Windows will detect that you have placed new hardware into your system. It will give you a message like “New USB storage device.” Once this comes up, just click on the Next button.

Now, Windows will ask you were the driver is for the new hardware, so you just have to click on the Browse button and locate the drive that your computer selected. External drives like these usually choose the E: drive, because it is a removable disk drive. Once you find the driver, click the Next button again. Now you can go back and double click on your My Computer icon and find the E: drive. Double click on that and you can then start to drag and drop your files onto the thumb drive.

Your thumb drive will have what is called an LED indication light. When it is lit up, it just means that your computer is still recognizing the thumb drive. When it is flashing, your computer is reading data or is copying the data you have sent. When it is done, it will stop flashing, so you know when the job is done.

A thumb drive is a really reliable and handy external storage device. Some of you may still use floppy disks or maybe even an external hard drive to save your files, but thumb drives are a lot smaller and they’re much easier to transport around. If you’re still a little weary about buying one, just know that they are perfect for saving everything from documents to music files to photographs and anything else you want to save and they come without a lot of extra hassle. Try one out today, you never know, it might be your new best friend!

~ Erin

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