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USB Drive Removable Storage Media

USB Drive Removable Storage Media

USB Drives are consistently gaining in popularity. They are an extremely simple, safe and affordable method of removable file storage. USB Drives, sometimes called; Pen Drive, USB Flash Drive, Thumb Drive, Jump Drive are offered in many shapes and file storage capacities.

The storage sizes offered range from 32MB all the way up to 4GB. Picking the right storage size is important. The larger the storage capacity the large the price tag. Be sure to get one that is large enough to accomplish what you intend to do with it.

I don't have a particular manufacture preference as they all use the same basic technology for file storage. What does differ between the different manufactures is the shape, size, color and functionality. Some vendors supply such functions as; boot up, password protection or even MP3 player/recorder.

The USB Drive is compatible with Windows ME / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Mac 8.6 or above / Linux 2.4.0 or above, without the use of any device driver.

To use a USB Drive couldn't be easier, all you do is plug it in to an open USB port and it will be automatically identified by your computer system and will quickly become available for use. It will now appear in “My Computer” as a new Removable Disk, and assigned the next available drive letter. You use the USB Drive just like you would your Floppy Drive. Send files to it, or drag and drop them in it.

Safe Removal of your Flash Drive:

When you are ready to remove your USB Flash Drive, it is advisable that you follow the safe removal method recommended by Windows. This is to ensure that you are not removing the drive while it is still in use. The procedure is as follows:

In the taskbar at the bottom right of your screen, you will find the Safely Remove Hardware icon (See Figure #1).

(Figure #1)
Taskbar - Safely Remove Hardware Icon

Double click the Safely Remove Hardware icon and from the resulting window (see Figure #2), select the device that you want to unplug or eject from the "Hardware devices:" menu, then click Stop. When Windows notifies you that it is safe to do so, unplug the device from your computer.

(Figure #2)
Safely Remove Hardware Window


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