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USB Flash Memory Drives | Tech Info Home Page |


A USB Flash Drive is a convenient and cheap form of storage.

Buying a USB Drive.

They come in several styles, but no matter of the physical style they all have an identical connector.

a) a Standard one piece drive with no moving parts

b) a drive that can be folded like a jack knife, hiding the tip

c) a drive that has a tip (connector) that can be retracted inside the drive , hiding the tip. Typically a small release button is on the side which has to be pressed before the tip comes out.

Detection of a USB Drive

Operation of a USB Drive

A USB drive, once properly detected by the operating system, becomes just another drive on a computer. It is given its own drive letter assignment typically as the next available drive. For example if your computer has a Hard drive and an optical DVD or CD drive , once a USB drive is detected the drives will have Drive letter assignments similar to the following

Drive C     the hard drive

Drive D    the DVD or CD optical drive

Drive E    the USB drive you have just inserted

These drive assignment as shown when you open the "My Computer" icon, or when you use the "Windows Explorer" and open the "My Computer" entry. Basically any program that allows you to browse the contents of a drive will list the USB drive as a regular drive.

Once you "Eject" the drive the drive letter assignment will go away.

Until a USB drive has been ejected, is will act like a hard drive, you can move files in and out of the drive, delete files etc. You can also format a hard drive and even defragment it.

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