Using Flash Drives

Guidelines For Operation

 A lot of folks in today's world feel left behind when it comes to technology. It can sometimes be quite hard to learn how to use technology, especially when you didn't grow up around it. To assist this group of people, lots of guides exist online that aim to walk readers through the steps for certain things and try to help them develop new knowledge in the computer realm. This happens to be one of those guides; if you've been having trouble with that flash drive of yours, then you've come to the right place.

 Fortunately, the majority of flash drives are similar in the way that you use them. All computers are going to have a USB port, and that's all you need to operate that new gadget. Since you've read this far in, you know that this guide is going to show you what you want to do. So, without further introduction, I'll proceed to the how to part of flash drive use.

Step 1: Plug In Your Device

 To most, this might not seem worthy of an entire step, but I won't shun the total newbie. All you need to do to plug a flash drive in is locate your computer's USB port. This port is a relatively small, horizontal slot that likely can be found in the back of your tower (although, they can also sometimes be on the front; even on the sides for a laptop). Once you find the USB port, simply push the connecting end on your flash drive into the port. Now, turn your attention to the computer screen for step 2.

Step 2: Open Your Flash Drive Menu

 By default, many flash drives produce a small window labeled "autorun" or something similar, almost immediately after you complete step one. This menu has a quick option to open device files. If yours does not open automatically, though, don't panic. All we need to do in order to open the flash drive menu is click the "Start" menu button at the bottom of your computer screen. After this menu opens, navigate to "Computer" (sometimes labeled "My Computer") and open it up. Once you're in the Computer window, look for the name of the flash drive. This is probably the brand name of the device. Most of the time it will be followed by the letter "(G:)" or "(F:)". After you've found it, simply double click to open up the next window.

Step 3: Adding And Removing Files

 Now, we're in a position to add and remove files from the flash drive. Just think of this window as any other folder or menu on your computer. The easiest way to manipulate files is the click-and-drag method. Anything that you drag into the flash drive menu will be automatically copied to the device. To move files back onto the computer, simply reverse this operation. Your flash drive will hold text documents, pictures, videos, mp3s, etc. Whatever you need to store, you can put it in the menu and forget about it.

Step 4: Removing The Flash Drive

 After you've inserted the desired documents in your flash drive, you need to disconnect it and take it with you. To do this, first make sure that you close the device menu. Now all you need to do is find the icon on the bottom right of your windows toolbar that looks much like the end of your flash drive with a green checkmark on it. Clicking on this icon will open a small menu with an option that reads "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device - Drive(F:)". Please note that yours will not necessarily read "Drive(F:)"; this letter will be the same one that you saw in the Computer menu. Click this option and a small window should pop up notifying you that it is safe to remove your flash drive. You heard the computer! Now, simply remove it from the port and stick it in your pocket.

Closing Statements

 Congratulations! You've successfully acquired the knowledge you need to operate a flash drive. I hope that this how to guide has been an easy learning experience for you and that this new skill will continuously help you in the world of computers.