How to Find the Flash Drive on a Computer

by Grace Ferguson

Not everyone is computer savvy, and operating a flash drive can be confusing for some. Flash drives are a popular source for storing data. Because of its thumb-sized structure, it can be carried anywhere and everywhere. But if you do not know how to locate it on your computer, there is no use having one.

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Insert your USB flash drive into the computer's USB port located on either the front or back of your computer. Click on "Start" and select "My Computer." The name of your USB flash drive should appear under the "Devices with Removable Storage" section.

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Click on each "Removable disk" image in "My Computer" if the title of your USB flash drive does not appear in the above-mentioned section. Do this until your USB flash drive opens and displays your storage device data.

3

Enable Autorun to also open your flash drive with one click of a button. Autorun is a program in Windows that will automatically open every time you insert different types of digital media into your computer. To enable Autorun, press the "Start" button. Open the "Control Panel" menu. Select "Hardware and Sound." Click "Autorun." Select the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" check box. Click "Save."

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Insert your flash drive in the USB port on your computer. When the computer recognizes your flash drive, Autorun will pop up on your screen. Select "Open folder to view files." Your flash drive files will now be displayed on the screen.

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About the Author

Grace Ferguson has been writing professionally since 2009. With 10 years of experience in employee benefits and payroll administration, Ferguson has written extensively on topics relating to employment and finance. A research writer as well, she has been published in The Sage Encyclopedia and Mission Bell Media.

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