How to Use a Flash Drive or Memory Stick

Moving files from one computer to another has never been easier with a flash drive, also known as a memory stick.

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You Will Need

  • Computer
  • Flash drive
  • Files to transfer

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Plug in the flash drive

    Plug the flash drive into the computer in one of the USB ports on the side or on the back of your computer.

  2. Step 2

    Open My Computer

    Open My Computer on a Windows machine to find the flash drive. It may be called drive D, E, or F depending on how many other drives are on your computer.

  3. Step 3

    Find the icon

    Find the icon on a Mac computer that is on your desktop and says Flash Drive or Travel Drive.

  4. Step 4

    Find your files

    Find the files on your computer that you want to save onto the flash drive.

  5. Step 5

    Drag the files

    Drag the files you want in the flash drive either to the flash drive on My Computer or to the desktop icon on a Mac. A light will flash on the flash drive indicating it is copying the files.

  6. If you are moving music, pictures, or video files and folders, make sure you have a flash drive with enough memory to hold it all.

  7. Step 6

    Eject the drive

    Eject the drive properly by either right-clicking on it and selecting Eject on a Windows computer or dragging the flash drive icon into the trash on a Mac.

  8. Step 7

    Take the drive

    Take the flash drive with you so you can access your files on any computer you come across during the course of your day.

  9. Early hard drives on computers held 20 megabytes and cost about $800. Today, an $8 flash drive holds 2 gigabytes, which is a 100-fold increase in capacity.

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