How to Put Music on a Memory Stick

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A Memory Stick is a type of storage device that allows you to save virtually any type of file, so long as the Memory Stick is large enough to hold it. The units range in storage size and can be purchased rather inexpensively depending on the capacity. They are also small, so transportation of your files is a breeze. At the same time, proper care must be taken so you do not ruin the Memory Stick and corrupt any files it holds. True Memory Stick products were developed by Sony, but sometimes the term is used to refer to any similar portable storage device.


Step 1

Locate the memory card reader on your computer. Insert the Memory Stick into the reader. If your computer is older and does not have a memory card reader, you will need a USB card reader. The Memory Stick plugs into the USB card reader, and the USB card reader into a USB slot. USB stands for universal serial bus; it is used for communicating between external devices and the computer.


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Step 2

Double-click to open "My Computer." This is normally located on your desktop as an icon. The Memory Stick will show up as a drive if it was successfully detected on your computer. Drive letters differ between computers, so look for the drive that was most recently added. Double-click to open.


Step 3

Open the folder on your computer that contains the music you want to put on your Memory Stick. The best way to do this is to go to your "Start" menu, right click and click "Explore." On the left pane, find the folder where you saved the music and click. Its contents should now show in the right pane. If you are using a Mac, use the "Spotlight" search function in the upper right corner.



Step 4

Return to the left pane and find your Memory Stick drive but don't click it. Go back to the right pane and drag the music files over into the drive.

Step 5

Disconnect the Memory Stick from your computer once you are finished. You may need to right-click on the drive icon and click "Safely remove storage device" first.

Step 6

Insert your Memory Stick back into your playback or other device.



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