How to Use the F: Drive on a Computer

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Your F: drive may be an external storage device, such as a flash drive.

The F: drive on your computer refers to a secondary storage device that holds data such as photos, videos and downloaded files -- anything that can usually be stored on your local drive. Generally, your main storage drive is the C: drive. Every other storage drive you connect to your computer, whether internal or external, will be named in order. Before you can understand how to use the F: drive, you must first be able to recognize the F: drive.


Step 1

Double-click the icon labeled "My Computer" or "Computer" on your desktop.

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Step 2

Wait for your "My Computer" window to open. You should see a section called "Hard Disk Drives" which lists all the drives on your computer in alphabetical order. Each of these drives represents a different storage drive. Locate the one called "F: Drive" and double-click it.


Step 3

Allow the F: drive to open. A window should show you all of the information stored on the F: drive. To open any folders or files, double-click the desired icon.


Saving a file to the F: drive is simple. Just save the file as normal; however, when you are browsing through folders to find a destination, make sure you save it in the folder named "F: Drive." Note that if your F: drive is external, or removable, it will only be listed when it is connected to your computer. Note too that if you disconnect your F: drive and then reconnect it later, it may be renamed to a different letter, depending on what other devices are connected at that time.


Your F: drive will only hold a limited amount of data. Once it is full, it may process information slowly or not at all.