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A flash drive is a small, portable method of data storage that contains flash storage, hence the name "flash drive." It plugs into a computer's USB port and is therefore also often known as a USB drive.


To save files to a flash drive, insert the drive into a USB port, select the files, and paste or drag the files to the flash drive. The flash drive should pop up automatically when inserted into the computer.


A flash drive transfers data from a computer to a storage device via a USB port. A flash drive stores data on a small piece of silicon that has billions of tiny transistors. Each tiny transistor has the ability to store single bits of binary digital information.


Flash drives typically come formatted with the FAT32 file system, which nearly all operating systems can read, so they're generally ready to run out of the box. Operating systems also have formatting tools to clear flash drives.


To put music on a USB flash drive using Windows 8, insert the device into a computer port, enter “computer” in the search field, and select the music files you want to copy to your flash drive. When using Mac OS X, open the iTunes application to move the songs.


The flash drive was invented in 1999. However, there is some dispute over who invented it. While the Israeli company M-Systems filed the first patent in April of that year, their product involved a USB cable and a memory unit, whereas Shimon Shmueli's September patent was for a USB memory stick.


To save files to a flash drive, insert the flash drive into the USB port, open a file with a computer program, click on "Save As" and select the flash drive from the provided list. This process takes less than two minutes.


Sandisk.com, Liutilities.com and Howcast.com provide information and instructions on how to use a flash drive. These websites teach users how to transfer files from one computer to another using a flash drive.


Most flash drives are set up out of the box to allow recording, or writing, new information, but some are write-protected, or "read-only." However, it is possible to change the protection settings on a flash drive in a number of ways.


Flash&Go is a hair removal system that uses light-based technology to disable any future hair growth in the treated area. The tool sends out pulses of light energy that are absorbed by the follicles of the hair, heating it up relative to the skin tissue around it.