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Proper Way Of Using Your Flash Drive

Flash storage are small devices yet, they pack great power while being sturdy for day to day use. They’re capable of storing huge amount of information which range from several GBs. Accordingly, buying such can actually cost you more or less few dollars to several hundreds depending on the features and specs you will buy. On the other hand you should be aware of the fact that there are some dos and don’ts when using such device. Respectively, you’ll learn how to properly use your flash drive by reading this article.

Tip number 1. Scan external storage devices for traces of viruses – safety in life is always the top priority and the same principle is applied to using flash drives. So before you proceed in transferring files to and from your computer, it will be smart for you to scan your flash drives for viruses.

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. Also remember that all USBs have their specific write as well as rewrite cycles and on average, they are around 10000 cycles. It can considerably reduce the lifecycle of the device if you keep on modifying the files saved on it.
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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 – basically, there’s more in removing external devices than simply yanking it out of the computer. There is a procedure involving digitally ejecting it from the USB port. In order to eject it properly, wait for the file transfer to complete and when 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. Nonetheless, you may add security to your USBs by using dedicated USB password protection software.