Steps for connecting your USB Flash Drive
Take off the cap and insert your flash key into the USB
port. The USB port is usually located on your CPU tower (just below
where you insert your floppy disk or CD. There will be a symbol that
looks like a 'sideways cactus.' See picture.USB symbolNote :
Some computers will have the USB port located on the back of the CPU Tower.
Next, you can double-click on "My Computer" on your desktop or
hold down the "Flag" key and the letter "E" at the same time (the
"flag" key is located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard,
see picture). This will open up "My Computer". Step 3:
Once you open up "My Computer" to open your flash key, you will need to double-click on it, which at your home computer will either be the E:, F:, or G: drive.
The reason for why the drive letter might
differ, is that your flash key is a "removable" storage so it assigns
the next available drive letter. Also, once you insert your flash key in
again, the F: drive will change its name to PKBACK, or Removable Disk, or even to the brand name of the flash key such as "Kingston".
Steps for disconnecting your USB Flash Key
Step 1: Make
sure that you have saved
the documents you have been working on and then close them by clicking on the big red X in the upper right-hand corner.
: Once everything is closed, click once on the little green
arrow at the bottom right of the task bar (see picture).
A message in a
box will appear saying "Safely Remove Hardware", or "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device
". Click once on that message.
It should now be safe for you to take out your Flash key.
you want to be certain it is safe, go into "my computer" and check to
make sure that the "removable disk" and drive letter your flash key was
assigned have disappeared.
: If the green arrow still appears, click on it again and it should disappear. If a message appears saying "The device 'Generic Volume' cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device later", you will want to make sure that all of your programs or documents on your flash key are closed out.
If you re-try it and the message still appears, push Ctrl + Alt + Delete
on your keyboard and then shutdown your computer. You can then take out
your flash key or you can re-boot the computer and follow the same
process above. You should then be able to remove it safely.
Flash drives are a very useful storage device because of their
reliability and memory capacity. Learning how to use them may take a
little experience, but once understood the flash drive can assist you in
many ways with not only your data files, but using software that the
host computer does not have. Also remember that a flash key is not
indestructible, so you will want to use more than one physical location
to store your data, such as your computer's hard drive, etc.