A jump drive also known as a flash drive or thumb drive is a portable data storage in a small package. It is inexpensive, small as a mini highlighters and easy to fit your pocket and use.
If you have recently invested in or are thinking of getting yourself a jump drive, continue reading our guide on how to use a jump drive to learn how to use it.
Step 1: To connect your jump drive to a computer, simply plug it in to one of the computer’s USB ports. Since jump drives are plug and play, you do not need to install any additional software to ensure that the drive and computer are compatible.
Step 2: Locate the jump drive, depending on your computer, a window may pop up to notify you that the jump drive has been connected and you can immediately access the drive. If a window does not pop up, simply navigate to the area on your computer where you go to access your CD, DVD or hard drives (“My Computer” or “Computer” on Windows machines.) The jump drive will be listed here, likely as a “Removable Drive,” and will have been assigned a drive letter that is not in use by your other drives.
Step 3: Once you have located your jump drive and opened the corresponding window, you are ready to transfer files. Transferring files from your computer to your jump drive is as easy as dragging and dropping the files from your computer hard drive to the jump drive. Conversely, if you have the file open, you can save it to the jump drive by hitting “save” and selecting the jump drive from the drop down menu. Reverse these processes to transfer files from your computer to the jump drive.
Pretty easy right? Watch this video to help see it better.