How to Use a Lexar Flash Drive

By Stephen Lilley

A Lexar flash drive is a small, portable data storage device used in conjunction with computers. A cheap, reusable alternative to burning data to CDs or DVDs, a flash drive acts as a kind of external hard drive. You simply plug it into your computer, add data to it, unplug it and take your data with you wherever you go. Lexar flash drives come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 1 GB in capacity all the way up to 64 GB.

Step 1

Plug your Lexar Flash Drive into your computer. You can accomplish this by taking the cap off the USB end (if one is present) and inserting it into an empty USB input on your computer.

Step 2

Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. This will open a folder containing access to all of the different drives associated with your computer. Each one is assigned a letter. Your Lexar flash drive will be among them, though the drive letter will be unique to your computer. Double-click on the icon for your Lexar flash drive.

Step 3

Drag files or folders from your computer's hard drive to the window you've opened representing your Lexar flash drive. This will copy the files you've selected from your hard drive to the flash drive.

Step 4

Unplug the Lexar flash drive from your computer. Right-click on the icon for the flash drive in "My Computer" and select the "Eject" option. When the icon disappears from "My Computer," it is safe to unplug from the computer itself. The drive now contains fully functional copies of anything you dragged into the "Lexar Flash Drive" window.

Step 5

Plug the Lexar flash drive into another computer. Open the flash drive folder by double-clicking on its icon in "My Computer," and you can now access all the files you copied to it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to make any edits to your files, you can do so directly from the flash drive; there is no need to copy them to a computer. However, it is important to remember that the files that are on the flash drive and the copies that are on your computer will contain different information and must be updated.

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