What is a Thumb Drive?

 

A thumb drive is a nifty little storage device also known as a flash drive or jump drive.

 

Why Should I Invest in a Thumb Drive?

A thumb drive:

·         Is more durable than a disk.

·         Holds more data than a disk (16 megabytes vs. a floppy which holds 1.44 megabytes).

·         Is easy to transport—you can protect it with its lid and attach it to your key chain.

 

 

How Do I Save Work to a Thumb Drive?

1.      Gently insert the thumb drive into the USB port.

2.      To save work, click “File” and “Save.”

3.      In the textbox “Save In,” be sure to select the “Removable Disk” which is usually drive E.

4.      Give your file a name and click “Save.”

 

 

How Do I Locate Work on a Thumb Drive?

1.      Gently insert the thumb drive into the USB port.

2.      Locate the drive on the desktop by clicking “My Computer.”

3.      Or locate the drive in the application (Microsoft Word for example) by opening the program and clicking “File” and “Open.”

4.      “Look In” the drive called “Removable Disk” which is usually drive E.

 

 

How Do I Remove a Thumb Drive?

1.      Never remove a thumb drive until following the steps below.

2.      Save your work to the thumb drive and close this work.

3.      Locate the green arrow on the taskbar (at the bottom right corner of the screen).

4.      Right click the arrow and select the words “Unplug or eject hardware.”

5.      A window will pop up where you should select “Stop.”

6.      A second window will pop up where you should select “OK.”

7.      If hardware is “unable to be stopped,” then you should make sure that you have saved work to the drive and closed this work and try the process of removal again.