Flash storage are tiny devices yet very powerful while being sturdy enough for day to day use. Aside from that, they have the capability of storing big volume of information that can range to several gigabytes. Accordingly, depending on the features and specs, these devices may cost you anywhere from few dollars to several hundreds. On the other hand, there are dos and don’ts with regards to using these devices. Respectively, you are going to know how to use the flash drive properly after reading this article.
Tip number 1. Scan external storage devices for traces of viruses – it is always a top priority in life to be safe, which is the same principle when using flash drives. In relation to this, it will be wise to scan your flash drives for any viruses before you proceed to transfer files to and from your computer.
Tip number 2. Do not directly work on documents saved on your USB device – as long as you have access to a computer, you can practically work on the files in your USB regardless of where you are or where you go. On the other hand, it isn’t recommended to work directly on the files saved in your USB as this can possibly corrupt the saved data. Keep in mind that all USBs have a specific write as well as rewrite cycles to which on average is 10,000 cycles. Modifying the files saved on it can reduce the lifecycle of the device considerably.
The better option you can do here is to create a copy of the document onto the guest PC using copy/paste method. Be sure that you delete the file copied from the guest PC after you’re done working on the file to ensure the privacy and security of your file.
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Tip number 3. Safely remove the USB device – as a matter of fact, there’s more to removing your flash drives than yanking it out of the computer. Truth is, there’s a process that is involving digitally ejecting it from the USB port. To be able to properly eject it, wait for the file transfer to complete and once it is done, right click on the USB driver and choose the “Eject” option. Wait for notification that you can remove safely the USB before doing so.
Tip number 4. Password protect the USB – this is optional since most flash drives do not have password protection. What this mean is, if you lose your device, anyone who gets it can access all the data inside easily. Well, using dedicated USB password protection software can help you add security to your USBs.