How to Use a Flash Drive on My Computer

By Alan Donahue

One of the oldest and easiest ways to store data from a computer was by using a floppy disc. With the need for more space and a smaller size, the flash drive has become the leader in file storage. This method of data storage can rest in your pocket or connect to a key chain. Using them is easy, and after playing around with yours, you will be able to transfer and store files with just a few clicks.

Step 1

Insert the flash drive into a USB drive on the computer. Newer computers feature USB drives directly in front, but if it is an older computer then the drive spot is located in the back.

Step 2

Wait for the computer to process and install the USB drive to the computer. This should take only a few moments, and most computers will read the drive right away.

Step 3

Format the drive, if it is new. This makes sure that the drive is clear from any unneeded files and that it will work properly with a computer. Open the "My Computer" window and locate the drive. Right-click on the flash drive and select the option that says "Format." During this formatting, you can give your flash drive a new name as well by typing it in the first box.

Step 4

Double-click on the drive to open its root menu. After formatting, this area should be empty. You can copy and paste files into here by using the copy shortcut of "CTRL + C" and the paste shortcut of "CRTL +V." An easier way to add files is by simply dragging them there. A transfer indicator will show how much of the file has been converted and the files will appear on the drive once the process has completed.

Step 5

Right-click on the flash drive in the "My Computer" window and click the "Properties" button. This will give you access to information about the size of the drive and will indicate how much space is available.

Step 6

Remove the flash drive and plug it into another computer to make sure the files are there. The transfer should have been completed and all of the files should be still located on the flash drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never remove the flash drive in the middle of a transfer, or all the files could be lost.