USB Key Drives
Also referred to as USB flash drives, USB drives, and memory sticks: these storage devices plug in to the USB port on your computer. They are a great way to move files from one device to another. You can also use them to store a back up of important files (i.e. a presentation) when you travel. Important: Never keep the only copy of a file on your flash drive: they are small and easily misplaced or damaged.
These devices work on both Mac and PC and can be used to store any type of file(s) within the 2GB capacity (music, text, images, video, spreadsheets).
Insert the Flash Drive
Insert the USB Key into your USB port. Your computer should automatically recognize the new device.
PC: look in My Computer for a new drive, such as Removable Disk (G:).
Mac: look in your Finder Window for a new device to appear (FULL SERVE).
You can copy or move files the same way you would do this in other folders on your computer (drag the file, copy, cut/paste).
Incorrect removal of the flash drive can damage the drive and corrupt your files.
True Story: the first time I used a flash drive on a PC, I didn’t see the eject button so I just pulled it out. It corrupted all of my Excel files.
Removing the Flash Drive
Mac: Click on the eject button next to the device in the Finder Window.
PC: Click on the remove hardware icon in the system tray (bottom right corner of your screen, near the time). Select the device from the window that pops up and wait for the ‘Safe to Remove Hardware’ message to pop up in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
Sometimes files can corrupt if you move the USB Memory Stick between a Mac and PC, or if you remove the device from your computer incorrectly.
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