How Do Use a USB Flash Drive?

To use a flash drive, insert the flash drive into the computer, and drag the files that you want to save to the applicable file path. Flash drives have different memory capacities, meaning there are restrictions on the volume of data that you can store on them.

A USB flash drive is a portable memory card that a user plugs into a computer's USB port. This digital storage method functions as a portable hard drive. It does not feature any internal moving parts, making it durable. A USB flash drive is small enough to fit into a pocket and it is easy to use.

  1. Determine which files you want to save

    Flash drives can store videos, text files, image files, music files and copies of e-mails. In some instances, it is appropriate to create a folder on your computer labeled "items to move to external storage," and then move all desired files into this folder. You must ensure that the total combined size of these files does not exceed the storage limit of the flash drive.

  2. Insert the flash drive into the computer

    Flash drives are plugged into the USB port of a computer. These external storage units work on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Ensure that your system has recognized the flash drive after plugging it into the computer. A pop-up notification usually confirms that the flash drive has been detected. Once detected, find the exact file path of the flash drive.

  3. Drag the files to the applicable file path

    Drag all of the files that you want to save into the file path of the flash drive. To drag more than one file at a time, hold down the Shift key and highlight all relevant files. After all files have been dragged to the flash drive folder, view the folder to ensure the transfer was successful. Safely remove the flash drive once complete.