USB Memory Sticks
USB memory sticks (also known as flash drives, or mass storage devices) are a convenient way of carrying files around. You are strongly advised however, to use them only as a method of transportation, and to keep a backup of files elsewhere.
Please note the following points:
- Some memory sticks require additional software installing in order to be recognised by the Windows operating system. If you have one of these, your device may not work.
- Never work directly on a removable drive; always copy your file(s) onto the computer you are using them on.
- Learner Support Services are unable to recover lost or corrupt files, if your memory stick becomes damaged in any way.
- We cannot guarantee that these devices will continue to work on our equipment in the future.
- As memory sticks are easily lost, you are advised to create a document containing your username and email address on your memory stick, called myname. This will enable us to contact you if we find it.
Using a Memory Stick
- Insert the memory stick in the USB port.
You will be given an option to scan the device for malware. After a few moments, Windows Explorer will open the drive assigned to the memory stick. (The drive letter may not be the same on all PCs.).
- You can now transfer your file(s) to your M drive in the normal way.
- When you have finished working with your files, save them to your memory stick and your M drive to ensure you have a backup.
- Safely eject your Memory Stick. Failure to do this may result in loss of data, or damage to the device.
Unplugging a Memory Stick
- Click on the Show hidden icons arrow in the Windows notification area.
- In the hidden icon window, click on the Safely remove hardware icon.
A list the devices which can be stopped will appear.
- Click on Eject Flash Memory to confirm.
- When the 'Safe to remove hardware' message appears, remove the memory stick from the slot.
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