How to Configure USB Drives

by Ty Arthur

Most computer operating systems are designed to interface automatically with a USB drive and detect its data, so there's usually no need to configure a USB device. But if your Windows OS doesn't have "plug and play" capabilities or there's a problem with your USB device, you may have to configure the drive manually. You can quickly set up the drive by taking advantage of the options in your OS's device manager.

Insert the USB drive into your computer's USB port. Open the Start menu and right-click "Computer." Then click "Manage."

Click "Disk Management." Locate the USB drive in the list of available drives. Right-click the drive and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Select "Change." Click the drop-down box and choose the drive letter you want to use for the USB drive, such as "F" or "Z." Click "OK."

Return to the Start menu and click "Computer." Right-click the drive letter you assigned for the USB drive. Choose "Format."

Click the drop-down option labeled "File Format." Scroll down and select "FAT 32." Remove the checkmark from the box labeled "Quick Format."

Click "Start" to begin the formatting process and configure the USB drive. Transfer any files you want to the drive.

Return to the "Computer" menu and right-click the drive letter when you are done using the USB drive. Select "Safely Remove" and then remove the USB drive.

Tips

  • check If your computer uses the Windows Vista OS, you can use the memory in the USB drive to boost the speed of your computer. Right-click the drive letter and choose "Properties." Navigate to the "ReadyBoost" tab and click "Use this Device."
  • check If your system uses Windows XP, you'll need to click "Eject" instead of "Safely Remove."

About the Author

Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on Metalunderground.com and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.