USB Thumb Drives
What is a Flash Drive?
USB Flash Drives are compact and easy-to-use devices that are similar in use to your computer hard drive. USB flash drives slip into your pocket, conveniently around your neck, or on a keychain for the ultimate portable storage.
Despite the different brands and names you’ve heard for USB flash drives – Jump Drives, Pocket Drives™, Pen Drives™, and Thumb Drives™ - they all pretty much operate the same way. The difference is mostly in price, capacity, design, functions, and features (for example, some even have built-in MP3 players). What’s really important, though, is what they share: they’re all pluggable, portable, and powerful.
USB flash drives share some other characteristics, too:
USB flash drives are getting smaller every year, some the size of a car key.
USB flash drives can hold large amounts of data.
If you share a computer, USB flash drives are a great way to store personal information.
According to the manufacturer’s specs, USB flash drives can maintain data for 10 years.
However, as with anything physical, they can and do fail. Make sure you use them as temporary storage or back up the data.
Safe Removal of USB Flash Drives
Click on the right mouse button on the USB flash drive icons on the toolbar
Click on the “safely remove hardware” message that pops up
The dialog box will pop up. Click stop.
The “stop a hardware device” dialog box will appear, asking you to confirm. Click “Ok.”
A message will appear on the toolbar informing you that the USB flash drive can be safely removed.
Remove your USB drive from the port.