Whatever you’d like to call them: jump drives, flash drives, pen drives are often very small portable storage devices we use often to store and transfer files between computers.
The jump drive has expanded over the years from storage capacity to design but at their core they’re still that handy little tool to get the job done. Unlike burning a CD, transferring files to a floppy drive (which is going extinct) or even using online storage (which could pose a security threat), jump drives can be bought for cheap and come in handy when working between multiple computers.
A jump drive is really for anyone:
* Business people that are on the go
* Students that need to carry their reports
* People that simply need backups of their files
If you don’t know how to use a jump drive, you’ll enjoy these few simple steps:
Step 1: Plug in your jump drive
To begin, plug your jump drive into one of the USB ports located on the front, side or back of your computer. A USB port is rectangular with a “tongue” looking piece located in the middle.
Step 2: Install the necessary programs or open the drive
Some USB jump drives come with software to install to more easily manage your files and transfer status but most are just empty drives that are standalone.
Depending on your settings, you will be prompted with a message that says drive recognized and a small dialog box will open showing you play options. You can open the drives’ folder from here or go to My Computer and locate the drive, click it open and be read for the next step.
Step 3: Transfer your files
After the drive has been opened, you’ll notice it looks very much like a folder on your computer. Transferring files to your jump drive is easy; either copy & paste or drag files from other folders onto the drive. Depending on the file size it may take a few minutes or just a few seconds.
Another option is to save directly to your drive. Within the program you have open (such as a word document), click File > Save and you’ll be prompted to locate where you’ll be saving: point it to your flash drive.
That’s it really; your jump drive is a very simple tool to use hence why all designs are plug and play. After you’ve transferred your files, you’re ready to go wherever need be with all your important documents on hand. Just make sure you don’t leave it in the computer and forget about it!