Using a USB stick: 7 steps (with pictures)

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Using a USB stick: 7 steps (with pictures)
Using a USB stick: 7 steps (with pictures)

Have a USB stick, but no idea what to do with it? A USB stick is a portable storage medium that you can use on almost any computer. View our step-by-step plan to learn how to use your USB stick.


Method 1 of 2: On a Windows Computer

Use a USB Flash Drive Step 1

Step 1. See where the USB port is

On laptops, you'll usually find them on the side or back of the device. Most desktop computers have both USB ports on the front and back of the device. Sometimes there is a cover in front of the gates.

Step 2. Insert the USB stick into the port

If you plan to use the stick regularly, it is best to choose a port on the front of the computer. Make sure you insert the stick into the correct port. Most laptops and computers have different types of ports including 2.0 and 3.0 ports. The USB stick should fit smoothly into the port. Don't try to force the stick into a port, but if it doesn't work, try one of the other ports until you find the right one. Once you have connected the USB stick to your computer, Windows will automatically install the drivers for the stick. You will be informed about this by means of pop-ups. NOTE: If Windows cannot read the stick or install a driver, you can often find the correct driver on the home page of the USB stick maker. You can also find drivers for thousands of different devices in the Windows Compatibility Center.

  • Unless this option is disabled, the USB stick will open automatically after installing the correct driver. You can now do various things with your USB stick and, for example, upload or retrieve files.
  • If the USB stick does not open automatically, go to My Computer. Here you will find an overview of all devices connected to the computer. You should also see your USB stick listed here. Double click on the icon of your USB stick to open it.

Step 3. View which file you want to copy

Open a second screen and see which files you want to put on the USB stick. You can do this simply by copying the file from one folder and then pasting it into the correct folder on your USB stick.

Use a USB Flash Drive Step 4

Step 4. Wait for the file to be on your USB stick

Depending on the format of the file you are copying, this can take a few seconds to minutes. Once the file has been copied to the correct folder, you can remove the USB stick. To do this safely, you can click "Safely Remove Hardware" at the bottom of the screen. Then click on the name of your USB stick and gently pull the stick out of the port.

Method 2 of 2: On a Mac

Step 1. Insert the USB stick into one of the available USB ports

Wait for the computer to automatically install the correct driver and open the USB stick.

If the USB stick works with the NTFS system, the computer will not recognize it. In this case you need another USB stick that works according to the FAT32 system

Step 2. Wait for the USB stick to appear on your desktop

You can now open it by double clicking on the icon.

Step 3. Copy and paste or drag and drop files to the appropriate folder

Once the files have been copied, you can remove the USB stick.

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